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English as an Additional Language Program

Swan Hill College English as an Additional Language (EAL) program is for Year 7-10 newly arrived students to the country. There is no Language School in Swan Hill, so students are screened using the Observation Survey and placed in small withdrawal groups and given intensive English classes according to their individual needs. They are assessed as per the checklist for the EAL VEL’s Rainbow Graph as outlined by DEECD.

On arrival the students are placed in a New Arrival Program, which helps them settle smoothly into a new school, community and life. They are taught to read, write and speak English. Each student has an ILP, (Individual Learning Plan). EAL students are encouraged to be involved with extra-curricular activities, such as: Homework Program, learn to swim classes, sporting activities and agencies in the Swan Hill Community.

They are assessed using AUS VEL's reporting system and their mainstream teachers provide differentiated activities for them as necessary.

Each year the students come together to celebrate Harmony Day, with the theme of "Belonging". E.A.L. students are involved. The year 7 cohort takes part in a range of activities, parents and community agencies are invited to join in with these festive activities.