For many students at Preston North East, English is a second or additional language. This means they may face extra challenges at school because they are learning through English. While many of these challenges are addressed in the classroom, some studentsneed extra help with their English so they can engage more fully in their learning. The EAL Support program caters for these students.
In the EAL Support program, a qualified EAL teacher withdraws small groups of students and provides specialist teaching and guided practice of speaking and listening, reading and viewing, and writing. Most students attend 3 periods of EAL each week, where they work to improve their English language through group and individual activities, games, stories and supported listening, speaking, reading and writing tasks.
While students are still learning English, they are assessed against the EAL curriculum standards rather than the English standards. The EAL curriculum guides teachers to plan for EAL students’ language learning and assists them to accurately assess their progress.