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.

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 Intensive English Program Advisor 02 7814 3284.

EAL/D Connect EAL/D network meetings

These professional learning networks (formerly ESLINs), organised by EAL/D leaders, EAL/D mentors or EAL/D teachers once a term or semester, build professional links across schools and share teaching ideas and resources. Two courses are available:

  • EAL/D Network Meeting (one day)
  • EAL/D Network Meeting (2 hours)
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.

See SchoolBiz for course information.

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

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.

S.T.A.R.S. in Schools

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.

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 with OLT International using their departmental email address. Once registered, select the Identifying and Supporting EAL/D Students professional learning course and enter the code NR29426.

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

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