Student Learning Needs

The needs of the EAL learner cohort across the school should be the first consideration for developing a program.

Questions to be considered include:

·  What is the range of needs across the EAL learner cohort?

·  Which students are in need of a specialised EAL program?

·  Which students could be adequately supported in mainstream classrooms?

·  Who will be targeted for a specialist EAL program?

·  Are any students preliterate or beginning readers and writers who need to become literate in English as well as develop language skills?

·  Do students need to develop ‘learning to learn’ skills or become familiar with classroom routines and behaviours?

·  Are there any students from a refugee background who may have significant pre-migration, migration or settlement issues impacting on their capacity to learn?

·  Have students encountered the technology used in the classroom before?

·  Does the school have adequate and appropriate resources for the learners, in terms of literacy, language and content level, as well as culturally appropriate content and imagery?

·  Does the school have resources in the students’ first or additional languages?