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English as an Additional Language


Curriculum area resources support teachers to implement the curriculum. Resources are organised by 'Planning resources', 'Teaching resources' and 'Assessment resources'.

Overview of English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The English as an Additional Language (EAL) curriculum is central to the learning and development of all young Australians for whom English is not their home language. Through learning EAL, students build their capacity to communicate confidently and effectively. This learning also strengthens their understanding of the nature of language and culture, and the way that language changes according to purpose, form and audience. By learning to use and adapt language according to specific contexts, EAL learners build relationships with their peers and the wider world around them. The study of EAL equips students with the skills to become lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and active and informed citizens.

The English as an Additional Language curriculum can be viewed on the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website.

All Victorian government and Catholic schools are expected to implement the English as an Additional Language (EAL) F–10 curriculum from 2021. Independent schools will be guided by their leadership teams.

Throughout 2021, the VCAA, along with the Department of Education and Training (DET), the Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CECV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV), will support schools to implement the EAL curriculum by progressively rolling out EAL planning, assessment and reporting advice, as well as new resources.

For a comprehensive overview of resources provided by the VCAA and DET, refer to the EAL Resources Diagram.

To assist teachers to transition to the new EAL curriculum, the VCAA ran a comprehensive program of professional learning webinars in 2020. Recordings of these webinars are available to assist teachers with the implementation of the curriculum in 2021.


Kellie Heintz
Curriculum Manager - English as an Additional Language
tel: + 61 3 9059 5132

Professional associations

VicTESOL Supporting English language teaching, learning and multicultural education

VATE Victorian Association for the Teaching of English