The Importance Of Assisting Students With Eal / D

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The demographics of Australia are constantly changing and the rise in families from many different countries settling in Australia is continually increasing. This is evident in the growing number of students requiring English as an Additional Language (EAL/D) support throughout Australian schools. EAL/D students often struggle with adapting to the Australian school setting due to a number of factors including their lack of understanding in the English language and their own individual experiences such as culture, beliefs, values and experiences (Hertzberg, 2012, pp. 15-21). This essay will discuss different means of assisting students with EAL/D in order to establish the necessary English language skills to learn and understand what is being taught as well as key learning area vocabulary, content and language, based on the Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2014, p. 6). Regardless of background, culture, values or traditions, all students in the classroom setting have the right to access a constructive learning experience. The role of the teacher is the most vital in ensuring EAL/D students have the same learning opportunities as their English speaking counterparts. In Australian schools, learning is achieved and demonstrated through English, therefore it is essential for educators to be competent in teaching all students, including those who are bilingual or multilingual, from all backgrounds, with varying

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