Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Joint planning for EAL/D students

About this Illustration of Practice

An English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) specialist and IT teacher meet to plan how to modify a unit of work to support EAL students in a Year 10 Information Processing and Publishing class. The original task required knowledge of skiing that could not be assumed and was unnecessary, so that became the first modification. The EAL/D teacher then recommended breaking down the task components, providing an item bank, and using a Teaching Learning Cycle to plan details.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.2
Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
Career stage
Highly Accomplished
Work with colleagues to plan, evaluate and modify learning and teaching programs to create productive learning environments that engage all students.
  1. How do you plan your teaching and learning to take account of students with EAL/D or other language needs?
  2. In what ways could you modify a particular learning task to allow a student or students to demonstrate understanding with different levels of demand on their language?
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
South Australia
Year level
Year 10
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Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
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An EAL/D specialist and a subject teacher have met twice a term to work on identifying and addressing the learning needs of EAL/D students in a year 10 class, particularly regarding the language demands and the prior knowledge assumptions underpinning the set tasks. This third term meeting relates to a new class, and started with the EAL/D specialist providing information about the particular learning needs of the EAL/D students on the class list.
Content provider
Australian Council of TESOL Associations

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