English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) effective school practices - school resource
This resource was originally published 7 June 2021.
This resource is designed to support schools to implement the findings from the English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) effective school practices research. The research identified the teaching, leadership and school organisational practices that were characteristic of schools which produced sustainable improvements in EAL/D student learning. This resource provides practical strategies and reflection questions to help teachers and school leaders develop a school and classroom environment where EAL/D learners are supported to achieve to their full potential.
Based on the research, five effective practices have been identified for successful EAL/D education in schools. These five practices provide the framework for this resource. Each practice is described in detail, with strategies and resources provided to support schools in implementing each practice.
With almost one in four students learning English as an additional language or dialect in NSW Government schools, objective, evidence-based research into what works for these learners can make a significant contribution to effective EAL/D education.
EAL/D effective practices
- Distributed leadership that understands and engages the diverse school community.
- 'High challenge' and 'high support' EAL/D teaching.
- Respectful relationships creating a culture of cooperation, high care and high achievement.
- Sustained teacher knowledge-building.
- Recognising EAL/D teacher expertise.