Professional learning

A range of professional learning opportunities are available to support teachers in meeting the needs of EAL/D including newly arrived and refugee students.

Course Description
EAL/D orientation course This course assists teachers newly appointed to EALD positions to identify EALD learners, organise effective EALD support, become familiar with EAL/D pedagogy and tools, and gain awareness about their roles and responsibilities in schools. Enrol at MyPL.
Teaching English Language Learners (TELL) Suitable for all teachers, this offers an understanding of the needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Delivered as 6 x 2 hour modules, it helps teachers identify the language and cultural demands in their subject areas. Enrol at MyPL. Courses can only be delivered by a trained facilitator.
Leading EAL/D Education: developing evidence-based whole school strategies Schools develop an inquiry-based project from an evaluation of their school practices using the EAL/D school evaluation framework tool. They gather evidence and data to plan and implement their project to improve EAL/D teaching and learning or whole school EAL/D practices. Visit EAL/D Education: developing evidence-based whole school strategies to view schools who have successfully completed the course.
Teaching students from a refugee background This 20 hour professional learning program helps classroom teachers K-12 develop the skills and knowledge to effectively teach refugee students in mainstream classrooms. It also outlines specialist personnel, external agencies, training programs and resources available to support refugee students. Trained facilitators can assist in delivering training for schools.
Using the EAL/D Learning Progression

This course examines the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Learning Progression. It has been developed for classroom teachers and EAL/D specialist teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the EAL/D Learning Progression.

The course can be completed online as self-paced modules supported by a supervisor or delivered by an EAL/D facilitator. Completing the course provides 5 hours of registered training.

Schools are responsible for scheduling the course. Information on how to schedule the course on MyPL is available on page 3 of the Supervisors Booklet.

Access the online course from the link below:

Using the EAL/D Learning Progression

Identifying and supporting EAL/D students

Identifying and supporting EAL/D students (NR29426) has been designed for all teachers of EAL/D learners. The course defines key terminology in EAL/D education, the process of second language acquisition, understanding the ACARA EAL/D learning progression and building an inclusive curriculum and learning environment.

The course is completed online as self-paced modules through the OLT International learning platform. Successful completion of the course contributes 5 hours of elective PD at Proficient teacher level. To access the course, participants need to register at using their departmental email address. Once registered, select the Identifying and Supporting EAL/D Students professional learning course and enter the code NR29426.

EAL/D Connect network meetings

EAL/D connect network meetings are professional learning networks organised by EAL/D teachers and EAL/D mentors. The meetings are locally held across NSW once a term or semester to build professional links across schools and share teaching ideas and resources. Contact the EAL/D Education Advisor 7-12 for more details on

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Seminars

Saturday seminars for experienced and qualified EAL/D teachers who have been teaching in an EAL/D position in a primary, secondary or intensive English program.

Each year the Department of Education, in collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney, presents three TESOL Seminars.

S.T.A.R.S. in Schools: supporting students from refugee backgrounds This 5 hour professional learning course helps schools to support the successful resettlement of refugee students, to promote effective teaching and learning and to assist school staff in responding with sensitivity and awareness to behavioural issues that may arise for refugee students. It is based on the STARS framework, developed by UNICEF. STARS stands for Safety, Trust, Attachment, Responsibility and Skills.
Certificate in Spoken and Written English training (secondary only)

Teachers of Certificate in Spoken and Written English in intensive English sites must complete this two day training course. It is conducted once a year in collaboration with the Adult Migrant English Service. EAL/D teachers in Intensive English Centres or high school with students who have been in Australia less than 5 years are eligible for this training after 2 years of experience in Australian schools.

These courses are conducted once a year. For additional information, please contact the Intensive English Program Advisor 0407 025 086.

For additional professional learning, see: 2020 EAL/D recorded professional learning (DOCX 53KB).

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