Bridg­ing di­vide in class­room

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - CHRIS HONNERY

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.”

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