English as an Additional Language

​​The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Program provides intensive English language support for a range of students from Kindergarten to Year 12.  They may include:

  • Students newly arrived in Australia who come with diverse educational backgrounds including refugee background/humanitarian entrant students, migrants, adopted children and students on Bridging Visa E (BVEs).
  • Students born in Australia who enter school with little or no English.
  • Students who have had all or some of their schooling in Australia, and whose home background includes at least one language other than English.
  • Children whose parents speak a restricted English at home, with this being the only language they have in common.

The EAL Program Manager coordinates and manages the provision of English language support in Tasmanian schools. The Manager is supported by the EAL Program Leadership Team which consists of Advanced Skills Teachers and a Senior Project Officer.  Support in schools is provided by EAL specialist teachers, teacher assistants and multilingual teacher assistants.

Interpreters are used ensuring that students and their parents/carers receive essential information and to allow dialogue between all those involved in the students’ education and wellbeing.

The English as an Additional Language Program Guidelines (PDF, 850KB) contains models of EAL Program implementation and practical information for principals and teachers.

Enquiries to EAL Program Manager, on 6165 5487 or email: eal.program@education.tas.gov.au