Over the past week, our staff have been taking part in Professional Learning about students who have English as an Additional Language or Dialect. These students are those whose first (or home) language is not Standard Australian English and require additional support to develop Standard Australian English language proficiency. These students may be born overseas or in Australia but the first language they have heard or have spoken in is a language other than English. By understanding the first languages of our students, our teachers can develop strategies to assist these students at their stage of Standard Australian English development.
As a school and a Diocese, we value the diversity of languages in our schools. Research has shown that students who are literate and proficient in their first language, will be able to become literate and proficient in another language. Over the next week, we will be asking students about their first language and what languages they use at home. The more information we have, the better we can assist our students to develop the language needed to succeed at school.
Have a wonderful week,