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English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D)

English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) students are those whose first language is a language or dialect other than English and who need support in developing their proficiency in Standard Australian English (SAE), both conversational and academic.

These students can include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • children born in Australia
  • immigrants and refugees
  • international students
  • children of adults who use Auslan to communicate.

This diverse area of education is continually evolving and requires flexibility, innovation and creativity from schools to ensure each individual student can access their age-equivalent curriculum.

The following resources have been developed to help schools and teachers learn about recognising and supporting the needs of EAL/D students.

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