English as an Additional Language
PDO School is a non-selective, mainstream primary school, with pupils from a diverse range of cultural and
educational backgrounds. PDO School is proud of this fact and we celebrate our diversity! PDO School is an EAL-friendly school and believes that language is best learned when it is acquired through learning in a context that is stimulating and relevant to children’s interests, experiences and needs. Thus the classroom is a deliberately language rich environment, which promotes language development. For literacy we follow a well-structured system which blends the best elements of both the English and Australian National Curriculum to support our children’s needs.
An advantage of this curriculum, from an EAL perspective, is that there is an explicit focus on developing language skills, particularly in reading and writing. The curriculum uses ‘technical’ vocabulary which both native speakers and EAL children need to learn, understand and use appropriately.
The EAL team may provide EAL support in-class, or may withdraw children either in small groups or individually, depending on the learning needs of each individual child. Intensive, age appropriate programs are often provided for those children starting school with little or no English ability. All of the EAL Teachers have additional teaching qualifications and a wide range of experience to support English language learning in the school.
As with all our learners, PDO School strongly believes that learning is a collaborative process between the school, child and parents. Parents of children who receive EAL support from the EAL Team are consulted and kept informed of their child’s language learning needs through regular contact with their child’s class teacher and where appropriate a designated EAL teacher. Parents are also expected to support their child with EAL home learning where appropriate.