Primary Language Support Department
The main aim of the Language Support Department is to develop the language skills of students in order for them to access the curriculum in the mainstream classroom. Language support teachers also play a significant role in supporting subject teachers and class teachers to develop the children’s language skills through collaborative planning, identifying language needs and supporting in class.
English and Vietnamese Support teachers, as well as other staff, observe the children’s bilingual development and report to parents through parent meetings, interim and end-of-year reports.
Types of Support
All children are assessed for their language ability in both languages. Language ability levels consist of six steps, from Step 1(“Entering” – zero-beginner) to Step 6 (“Reaching” – native like fluency). Each level has a descriptor which defines the level of linguistic complexity, vocabulary usage and language control and addresses the four skills of: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Children who are assessed at Steps 1 – 3(4) are placed on the EAL/VS register and receive additional support. Goals for improvement for each student will be specifically identified to follow up with their progress before moving on to the next step.
Each student and group of students shall be supported through different forms and levels:
- the amount and type of support a child receives is based on the language ability they are on
- children with the highest level of support are withdrawn from certain lessons to receive very basic English/Vietnamese instruction
- children also receive support in class from EAL/VS support teachers