2020 English as an Additional Language (EAL) Strategies for Teacher Assistants working with newly arrived EAL students

1/2 Day Program

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Teacher Assistants (TAs) may have experienced the arrival of an English as an Additional Language Learner (EAL student) into their school and classroom. The EAL student may have some English language capabilities or limited English language capabilities.

This program equips TAs with the skills and knowledge to make the EAL student’s transition into the classroom as comfortable as possible for the EAL student, the mainstream students in the classroom and the classroom teacher.

This program provides TAs with an overview of: work in a culturally safe and inclusive classroom; general language principles to guide Teacher Assistants in their collaboration with the classroom teacher and their work with the EAL student and; tips and strategies to use when working with EAL students.

Some of the information provided 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 – tba – Launceston

Please select one of the following dates:

Thursday 19 March 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020

Friday 7 August 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020

South – tba – Hobart

Please select one of the following dates:

Thursday 19 March 2020

Thursday 21 May 2020

Friday 7 August 2020

Thursday 29 October 2020