Secondary English an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) Support Program

Secondary English an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) Support Program

At Belmont City College we recognise that a significant proportion of our students are multi-lingual. Almost 30% of students at Belmont City College speak languages other than English at home. 
While this provides our students with a broad and inclusive world view, language difficulties can sometimes prevent learners from accessing mainstream curriculum to the depth that is required at secondary level. To address this need in our student population, classes for students with languages and backgrounds other than English have been created to allow them to receive specialist English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) tuition in the context of the mainstream curriculum.

Most Humanities teachers have recently completed post-graduate level EALD training in “Teaching English as a Second Language Students in Mainstream Classrooms” or already have EALD teaching qualifications. This has allowed us to form specialist EALD classes in Years 8, 9 and 10 to provide students with access to mainstream curriculum in a text rich environment supportive of English language learning. 
Students, if eligible, are then able to continue Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority endorsed upper school EALD units of study to contribute to their Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), which can provide them with a solid English foundation for further tertiary study and employment.