English as an Additional Language Support

Our Commitment

The Department of Education supports all culturally and linguistically diverse English language learners and their families to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers and members of the Tasmanian Government school community.

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) team works with schools to:

  • strengthen and promote quality teaching and learning practices to ensure that all English language learners in Tasmanian schools have the opportunity to access, participate and engage, achieving high level outcomes across the curriculum
  • establish links between home and school for EAL students and families
  • support the health and wellbeing of all EAL students by fostering cultural responsiveness amongst staff, students and the school community to ensure that all EAL students feel safe and valued and engaged in learning.

EAL Program Overview

Proficiency in Standard Australian English is crucial to achieving successful learning outcomes in all areas of the curriculum. The EAL Program aspires to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for newly arrived students by providing resources that develop English language competence and facilitate access, participation and engagement in mainstream educational activities.

English as an additional language learners are diverse and have varied learning needs.

EAL learners supported by the Program are students who were born overseas or in Australia, enrolled in Department of Education schools and colleges who:

  • have had little or no previous formal schooling in any country, or severely interrupted education in their first language
  • begin school with limited or no exposure to English
  • attended schooling outside of Australia which is equivalent to that of their peers.

To make progress and to achieve the same level of educational success as students whose first language is English, EAL students will be supported to develop literacy in English by:

  • learning to speak English
  • learning to listen and comprehend spoken English
  • learning to read and write English
  • continuing their learning across the curriculum through English at the same time as they learn English
  • learning about the Australian school system.

Students will also be supported to learn about the Australian culture in both the school and community contexts.

Support in schools is provided by EAL specialist teachers, teacher assistants and multilingual teacher assistants.

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

Further information in relation to EAL quality teaching is available at Teaching and Learning – EAL.

For further information, contact: EAL.program@education.tas.gov.au