Bridging divide in classroom
QUEENSLAND is leading the way in a “first-of-its-kind” resource in bridging the language gap between teachers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
The Department of Education has launched an online development resource project to develop English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Hub.
It means teachers will be able to learn culturally appropriate ways of communicating and teaching, as well as enhance their understanding of teaching methodologies tailored for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners.
“These students use their native language at home and within their community and then come to school and struggle to keep up with their coursework because their English is not strong enough,” Education Minister Grace Grace said.
“Through action learning tasks, interactive online content, personal stories, quizzes and videos, the hub builds the capacity of educators to support and lead learning for students for whom Standard Australian English is not a first language.”