EAL/D conversations podcast

The EAL/D conversations podcast explores features of EAL/D education across NSW government schools, unpacks elements of second language acquisition and highlights practices that support effective teaching and learning for EAL/D students.

Episode 1: The EAL/D Education Strategy

The EAL/D Education Strategy aims to build the capacity of schools to achieve the best possible outcomes for students learning English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D). This episode explores different aspects of the EAL/D Education Strategy including the role of EAL/D Education Leaders working across school principal networks [Duration 18:22].

Listen to Episode 1: The EAL/D Education Strategy.


Episode 2: Knowing, valuing and caring for EAL/D learners

This episode explores how teachers can know, value and care for EAL/D learners within their class. It also defines who EAL/D learners are and the differences between the terms EAL/D and LBOTE [Duration 20:34].

Listen to Episode 2: Knowing, valuing and caring for EAL/D learners


Episode 3: Intensive English Centres (IEC)

This episode explores what an Intensive English Centre (IEC) is, the eligibility criteria, enrolment process and the benefits of attending an IEC [Duration 10:13].

Listen to Episode 3: Intensive English Centres (IEC)


Episode 4: Developing strategic readers

This episode unpacks what effective reading instruction looks like for EAL/D learners and how teachers can support students to become strategic readers. [Duration 28:10].

Listen to Episode 4: Developing strategic readers


Episode 5: Vocabulary and EAL/D learners

This episode explores why developing a rich vocabulary is important for EAL/D learners and how lexical knowledge is developed. [Duration 25:32].

Listen to Episode 5: Vocabulary and EAL/D learners


Episode 6: Vocabulary and EAL/D learners - teaching strategies

This episode explores strategies for supporting EAL/D learners to develop their vocabulary. [Duration 23:14].

Listen to Episode 6: Vocabulary and EAL/D learners - teaching strategies


Episode 7: Understanding text structure

This episode explores the importance of teaching text structure to support EAL/D learners with reading. [Duration 20:03].

Listen to Episode 7: Understanding text structure


Episode 8: Inspiring and equipping EAL/D learners

This episode explores how teachers can inspire and equip EAL/D learners to be lifelong learners by utilising quality EAL/D pedagogy and practices. It unpacks the importance of EAL/D pedagogy and what it could look like in classrooms. [Duration 27:17].

Listen to Episode 8: Inspiring and equipping EAL/D learners


Episode 9: Utilising languages other than English in the classroom for learning

In this episode Dr Marie Quinn from the University of Technology Sydney unpacks code-switching and translanguaging, the benefits of utilising students preferred languages for learning and strategies to support translanguaging pedagogies in the classroom. [Duration 20:57].

Listen to Episode 9: Utilising languages other than English in the classroom for learning


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