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Bankstown Girls High School

Bankstown Girls High School

Semper Optime (Always the best)

Telephone02 9709 6788

English as an Additional Language or Dialect

Bankstown Girls High School provides programs and resources that enable students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) to develop their English language and literacy skills. Learning English is essential for success at school and for further education, training and employment for students who speak a language other than English as their first language.

The EAL/D specialist teacher assists EAL/D students to develop their English Language skills and improve language competence across the curriculum.

EAL/D students at Bankstown Girls High School are supported in the following ways:

  • Enrolment: Identification and Orientation program designed to target EAL/D students' area of need in order for support to be allocated. 
  • Collaborative EAL/D teaching mode: involves EAL/D teachers and classroom teachers sharing responsibility for planning, programming, teaching, assessment and evaluation. This is to ensure that the content is made accessible to EAL/D students by differentiating the curriculum and modifying the programs and/or resources. 
  • Direct EAL/D teaching modes- withdrawal support: offered to students who require more intensive EAL/D support.
  • Cultural and linguistic teaching strategies are used by all classroom teachers to provide support to EAL/D learners to participate in classroom activities. These strategies may include encouraging the use of first language, using scaffolds and differentiating teaching, learning and assessment.