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English as a Second Language or Dialect (EALD)

 

Our EAL/D Unit provides a variety of support services for students whose first language is not English and who have been in Australia for five years or less. Students may join the ESL programme from:

  • Milpera State High School (Chelmer)
  • local primary schools
  • directly from overseas (students with prior English language instruction)


Learners are placed in EAL/D classes where they continue to receive intensive English support while they are gradually integrated into mainstream classes.  Placement depends on their chronological age, educational background and their language development needs.

We support students by:

  • providing Years 7-10 English, Humanities, Science and Math classes aligned to the Australian curriculum but which focus on explicit language instruction
  • providing in-class support for EAL/D students in mainstream classes and tutorial assistance out of class for all year levels as necessary
 
Subjects offered:
 

Years 7 and 8

 

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Math
  • Students are offered two elective subjects

 

Year 9 and 10

  • English
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Math
  • Students are offered two elective subjects

Year 11 and 12


EAL/D learners in the Senior Phase of Learning are placed in mainstream classes.  EAL/D teachers still work with these students to help them acquire English as an additional language.  Students have a range of support mechanisms available to them including: bi-lingual teacher aides, vocational pathway support, continued support from EAL/D teachers.

 

EAL/D staff

 

The Head of Special Education Services (EAL/D Program), Ms Ashwina Gotame, is supported by a dedicated team of specialist EAL/D teachers and teacher aides. For more information and enrolment enquiries, please contact Ms Ashwina Gotame. Phone (07)38166333 or email agota1@eq.edu.au.