English as an Additional Language (EAL) Strategies for Teacher Assistants working with newly arrived EAL students

1/2 Day Program

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Many teachers, Teacher Assistants (TAs) and students will have experienced the arrival into their school and classroom of a newly arrived English as an Additional language learner (EAL student). In some cases the EAL student may have some English language capabilities and in some cases very limited English language capabilities. This program aims to equip TAs with the skills and knowledge to make the student’s transition into the classroom as comfortable as possible for the EAL student, the mainstream students in the classroom, the teacher and TA.

This half day program provides TAs with a brief overview of what it means: to work in a culturally safe and inclusive classroom; some general language principles which will guide TAs in their collaboration with the EAL student’s classroom teacher; and some tips and strategies to use when working with EAL students in the classroom. Some of the information provided in this session may already be known and used by experienced TAs thereby allowing them to use their current knowledge and understanding with the EAL student in mind.

Non-DoE Enrolments –

Please complete the attached External – Enrolment – Form and email the form to PLI@Education.tas.gov.au

Participants develop their understanding of:

  • Language principles underpinning the learning of English as an additional language
  • Strategies for working with newly arrived students with no English and possibly no formal schooling
  • The refugee experience and the effects of trauma on learning
  • How to set up a culturally safe and inclusive classroom
  • Equity, diversity and the need for differentiated teaching and learning outcomes for EAL students
  • How to assess and report on EAL student progress
  • Teaching and learning practices that will support EAL students to engage fully and equitably in the mainstream curriculum

Half Day Program – 8.30am – 12.00pm 

North – Newstead College – Launceston

Please select one of the following dates:

Thursday 14 March 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019

Thursday 1 August 2019

Thursday 31 October

Half Day Program – 8.30am – 12.00pm 

South – EAL Training Room – Hobart

Please select one of the following dates:

Thursday 14 March 2019

Thursday 9 May 2019

Thursday 1 August 2019

Thursday 31 October