What support do you need to teach EAL learners?
The Department of Education and Training is conducting a survey of the professional learning needs of teachers of English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners.
The survey will provide teachers of EAL learners with an opportunity to tell the Department about the kinds of informal and formal professional learning activities and resources that most support them to meet the needs of the EAL learners in their classrooms. Feedback from teachers will inform the development of resources and programs to meet their professional learning needs and build their capacity to improve the learning outcomes of EAL learners. These resources and programs will also support schools to prepare for the implementation of the new Victorian Curriculum F-10 EAL.
We are looking for the insights of teachers who:
- teach a primary school class with EAL students
- teach a secondary school English class with EAL students
- have EAL specialist expertise and teach dedicated classes for EAL students
- have EAL specialist expertise and support teachers teaching EAL students.
If you match at least one of these descriptions, please have your say on your EAL professional learning needs.
The short, online survey will take no longer than 15 minutes. The information you provide in the survey will be de-identified by our evaluation partner, Synergistiq, before a high-level report is provided to the Department. The survey will be open until 5.00 pm on Friday 18 October.
Update on the new EAL curriculum:
A revised full consultation draft of the new Victorian Curriculum F–10 EAL is now available. The curriculum is available for schools and teachers to review and provide feedback. Schools can also now choose to trial implementation of the new curriculum.
Free online moderation:
Thank you to the teachers who submitted writing and speaking samples to us for use in our online moderation sessions in Terms 1 and 2, and to the many teachers who attended them.
Recordings of sessions we have conducted to date have been posted in the Benchmarking Forum.
Thanks to Alan Williams for sharing the document to your right with us. It highlights the equivalence between ACARA EAL/D Progressions and the EAL stages used in Victoria (and throughout the TEAL web site.)
Click on the image on the left for more details, or read the related post in our public discussion forum.
Exciting announcement: The Reading and Vocabulary assessment for EAL students (RVEAL) assessment tool is now available to teachers in Victorian schools!
Please visit the Common Reading and Vocabulary Assessment Tools page for more information.
TEAL Webinar: Over 80 people met online on 30 October last year to hear our very own Anna-Lise (Wallis) speaking about TEAL. Anna-Lise spoke about the history of the tools and highlighted the importance of assessing our EAL students’ progress in a way that furthers their learning. She also gave a guided tour of the TEAL web site, and answered quite a few questions!
This webinar was recorded. The recording and PowerPoint slides that Anna-Lise used are now both available on the VicTESOL web site.
Professional development news: Would you like to learn more about the Tools to Enhance Assessment Literacy?
- Venture to the TEAL Professional Learning modules for some self-directed learning.
- Watch this space, as news of professional learning opportunities will be posted here.
- For other EAL-related professional learning events, visit the Department of Education and Training’s EAL and Multicultural Education Professional Learning Calendar
Join the 200 registered users of this web site:
Click on the logo to your left, to register. It’s quick and it’s free.
|Web site contacts||UNSW|
wallis.anna-lise.a [at] edumail.vic.gov.au
Prof Chris Davison,
TEAL Project Leader
c.davison [at] unsw.edu.au
|The TEAL Steering Committee||The TEAL Project Team|
Department of Education and Training:
Catholic Education Melbourne:
Independent Schools Victoria:
Prof Chris Davison
Janelle Ho (Educational Assessment Australia)
Student researchers (UNSW)
|Primary and Secondary Schools||Teachers|
|Blackburn ELS||Robyn Antrim, Chris Everett, Ruth Giffard, Alex Perry|
|Collingwood English Language School||Marissa Varrasso, Juliette Greening, Maria Irinous, Jenny Markos|
|Creekside College K-9||Madalin Coghlan, Lisa Bargiamidis|
|Doveton College||Michelle Landgraf|
|Laverton P-12 College||Sandra Di Mieri, Margaret Svigos|
|Noble Park English Language School||Patricia Franke, Georgina Georgalli, Derva Josic, Erin Kaitler, Inna Gvozdenko, Kay Rothstadt, Anna Trudzic|
|Oakleigh Grammar||Duncan Goddard|
|St Anthony’s Coptic Orthodox College||Merete Entwistle|
|Wesley College||Andrea Belmonte|
|Western English Language School||Michelle Bond, Kevin Pozniak|
|Albany Rise Primary School||Diane Campasino|
|Athol Road Primary School||Rebecca Learmonth|
|Bell Park North Primary School||Lynda Newell|
|Bellview Park Primary School||Janelle James|
|Christ the King Primary School, Braybrook||Brigida Paino, Maria Watt, Lucy Dinoto, Tameka Pentreath|
|Dana St. Primary School||Joan McKaskill|
|Flemington Primary School||Christina Laught|
|Mont Albert Primary School||Rosemary Fitzpatrick|
|Mother of God Primary School, Ardeer||Michelle Buckley|
|Oatlands Primary School, Narre Warren||Nicki Whitehead|
|Preston North East Primary School||Michelle Andrews|
|Resurrection Catholic Primary School, Kings Park||Vesna Curmi, John Hein|
|Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St. Albans||Sarah Ceddia, Chantal Mifsud, Sandra Tanner, Belinda Joannou|
|St. Andrews Primary School, Clayton South||Sharon McCarter|
|St. Dominics, Broadmeadows||Gay Nicholls|
|St. Mary MacKillop Primary School, Keilor Downs||Fiona Parnell|
|St. Mary’s Primary School, Colac||Jodie Hassett, Susie Scott|
|St. Patrick’s Primary School, Pakenham||Iris De Visser|
|Sunshine Harvester Primary School||Christine Durbridge, Siobhan O’Brian|
|Windsor Primary School, Windsor||Lily Papamihail|
|Brunswick English Language Centre||Erica Dunn, Anne-Marie Lynzaat, Susan Pardy, Roberta Zekic|
|Brunswick Secondary College||Mitchell Brannon, Megan Conley, Steven Kolber, Anne Siciliano, Nony Smitzis|
|Catholic Regional College, St. Albans||Grace Cini, Hanja Senjov, Rebekah Loring|
|Catholic Regional College, Melton||Rebekah Loring|
|Geelong English Language Centre||Bronwyn Smith, Carry Varley, Lynda Newell, Paul O’Connell|
|Geelong North Secondary College||Monica Thomson|
|Hoppers Crossing Secondary College||Anne Bury|
|Hume Central ELC||Elizabeth Tedge|
|Koonung Secondary College||Sharyn Paspa|
|Mackillop College Werribee||Rebecca Paic|
|McGuire College, Shepparton||Jagdish Mahinder Singh|
|Melba College (formerly Croydon-Maroondah College)||Lynne Dwyer|
|Nazareth College, Noble ParkNorth||Brendan Hermon|
|Preston Girls Secondary College||Renata Tirabassi, Ekaterina Xanthopolous|
|St. Monica’s College, Epping||Medeleine Haddad|
|Thomastown Secondary College||April Edwards|
|Traralgon Secondary College||Maral Coleman|
|Wellington Secondary College||Maria Papasotiriou|
|Westall ELC||Anastasia Kotisou|
Special thanks to Mairead Hanna at VicTESOL for her assistance and support for TEAL.
Thanks also to Margaret Nutbean, Jane Banks, Eliza Costigan, Trish Fattor, Sharon Pledge, Pierina Perri from Catholic Education Melbourne, and Dominic Byrne, Judy Massey, Giuliana Mecoli, Jennie Patterson, and Madeleine Parker from the Department of Education and Training