English as an Additional Language (EAL)

One of the programs available at our College is our English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program. Students who speak a main language other than English at home may qualify to receive additional support. The EAL Program supports students who are at various stages of their English language development.

The EAL Program focusses on developing students’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, using a variety of strategies. Students who require additional support through the program, work in a small group with a specialist EAL teacher each week. We offer a variety of classes to cater for students who are in the beginning stages of learning English through to supporting students who have been learning English for some time. Students are placed into the EAL classes that best cater for their individual needs. Some students may not require additional support outside of their classroom however, our qualified EAL teachers, regularly work with teaching staff to support EAL practice. Our EAL students may receive a report for English that is listed as ‘EAL English’ rather than mainstream English. This allows teachers to give an accurate reflection of what the student has achieved and areas for improvement. Students may receive an EAL report for their first seven years of schooling in Australia if needed. Teachers regularly reflect on the progress of each of our EAL students and monitor if an EAL report is required. Benefits of the PCC program At PCC, we are able to offer a variety of EAL programs to cater for the needs of our students. Not all schools offer these programs. Students receive additional, specialist support which benefits their learning. Homeroom teachers support the decision for their students to participate in the program. The program links with the homeroom topics to support student learning. Participation in the program and receiving an EAL report, does not affect student entry into Secondary School or University programs. Our qualified EAL teachers strive to provide a safe, supportive learning environment which allows students to feel comfortable to participate in all activities. Through the use of whole group, small group and independent tasks, students are supported in developing their English skills especially in the areas of oral language development and vocabulary knowledge.