If students are multilingual and speak additional languages at home, they will be assessed by their classroom teachers to see whether they would benefit from extra English Literacy support – EAL classes.
EAL classes are fun, interactive lessons where students get to do a broad variety of English Language Experiences. The classes are small in size, usually less than ten students. These interactive lessons are designed to help students build their vocabulary and improve their skills in Listening & Speaking, Reading and Writing. Classes might include doing plays with puppets, storytime, art & craft, science experiments, cooking, exploring books, acting out words and stories, writer’s workshops, sharing and discussing real artefacts, singing action songs and more.
EAL classes occur a couple of times a week, depending on the needs of our students. Students graduate from the EAL class once their proficiency in English allows them to take on the challenges of classroom activities with independence and success.
We have two Karen-speaking Multi-cultural Aides at Lightning Reef Primary School. They support our students and their families as they transition to a new system.
MCAs work alongside the EAL Teacher, and in all classrooms, translating teacher directions and student thinking to ensure students learning continues to progress.
They work with families to communicate between the school and beyond from enrolment, to program implementation and translation, to accessing funding and enrolment to Secondary Colleges.