Students in this program come from families where English is not the primary language spoken at home and does not necessarily mean they have to have been born overseas.
EAL students are likely to take around 5 to 7 years to learn English to the same level as students who have been learning English all their lives.
The rate of learning is influenced by a range of factors including: age, previous education, how literate they are in their own language, motivation and the kind of programs provided.
Here at Silverton, the students are supported in the classroom during Literacy and Numeracy Workshops as well as being offered extra classes during Literacy Groups. During these classes, children work is smaller groups and are provided with a variety of oral, written and reading activities to further develop their understanding of the English language using a variety of materials including Information and Communication Technologies.
A Stages (Years Prep - 2); B Stages (Years 3-6)