English as a Second Language [ESL]
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. There is a high percentage of the population for whom English is not their first, or sometimes even their second language. Significant numbers arrive in Australia with no English at all. Indigenous people may also have a different first language.
All systems work to provide English language skills so that everyone is able to access all areas of life and participate fully, irrespective of age, previous nationality, wealth or any other factor.
This page looks at English as a Second Language studies in all states & territories. It includes programs, New Arrivals, interpreting & translation, funding, guidelines and more. Commonwealth support is also covered. Other information covers English Language schools, ESL jobs, journals and further information.
Also check the ESL Resources page for further information.
States & Territories
Australian Capital Territory
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English as an
Additional Language or Dialect [EAL/D)]Programs
Translating and Interpreting Service, Introductory English Centres, Literacy and U-CAN Read.
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect [EALD] Policy, 2011.
‘For students newly arrived in the ACT with a language and cultural background other than English and who have limited English language’.
- Translating and Interpreting
Details on this page. Call ☎ 131 450 for further details.
New South Wales
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English as a Second
Language [ESL] Education
ESL Curriculum Framework K-6 documents for Stages 1-4. There is also a link to Classroom Resources.
- English as a Second Language [ESL]
HSC Courses. Syllabus, Assessment and examination materials, Other support materials. For Years 7-10 see the English Syllabus and here for Years K-6.
- Updated ! English as a Second Language : Guidelines for Schools
- English as a Second Language Programs
Programs, Recently arrived in Australia, ESL for the HSC, more.
- Information for Parents
‘Useful documents for teachers, parents and caregivers, translated into over 40 languages’.
- Interpreter and Translation Services
Free Services to assist parents of children requiring ESL assistance. Government schools.
- English as a Second Language FundameNTals
- ESL, An Introduction
- ESL, Early Childhood and Primary Learners
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‘Understandings and strategies that underpin ESL pedagogy and practice’.
- ESL, Secondary Learners
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Teaching English as a Second
ESL students, Key Resources, ESL Contexts, Curriculum Standards and Assessment.
- Updated ! English as an Additional Language or Dialect [EAL/D]. Grant funding allocations. Also information at this site for school-aged dependants of international students.
- New ! English
as a Second Language [ESL]
Also English as a Second Dialect [ESD]. Overview, policy link, FAQs [in multiple languages].
- English as a Second Language Support in
An area which receives special support at all levels.
- Policy Statement : English as an additional language or dialect [EAL/D] learners
- Using Interpreters in
- Count Me In
‘Resource to support ESL students with refugee experience in schools’.
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect Program
Home page. See menu at left for multiple sections/aspects. Related pages include :
- Aboriginal, Multicultural, Languages & Learning Resource Centre
‘A specialist education resource centre providing a library service to educators state-wide’.
- New ! EALD Programs 2014
- Information for Parents and Caregivers
Brochure in English or community languages.
- Intensive English Language Program [IELP]
- New ! Language Teaching Strategies
Multiple documents on different aspects.
- Translated Documents about everyday school activities.
- EALD and Indigenous Education
Association of Independent Schools. ESL/LBOTE [Language background other than English], EALD [English as an additional Language or Dialect].
- English as a Second
Catholic Education Office. Contact details.
- Unlocking the World
‘Professional development programs for classroom teachers. Developed by, and delivered by, the Department for Education and Child Development’. Highly recommended. Used by other states.
- English as an Additional Language Program
Overview, links to guideline and quick guide documents, contact details.
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English Language Courses
Includes overview, English language at Tasmanian Government Schools and English language at TasTAFE.
- Enrolment Procedures
Specific section for students whose parents are not residents of Australia. Link to access visa information.
- Guidelines for
Aspects of this Guideline package are relevant.
- New ! Support for
Tasmanian Catholic Education Office. Includes a statement about ESL.
- EAL Provision for New Arrivals
Policy to ‘ensure schools inform parents about the New Arrivals Program, and of their right to access the program for their children’.
Access reports for several years.
- English as an
Home page for EAL services. Includes among others :
Developmental Continuum P-10
‘Provides evidence based indicators of progress, linked to practical teaching strategies, to support the assessment of EAL students and the development of effective learning programs’.
- EAL in
Lists details about services provided.
Links to a variety of publications and online resources.
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‘Information and resources to help support students from refugee backgrounds in schools, especially those with disrupted or no previous schooling’.
- Interpreting and Translating
‘Interpreting and translating services are available free, within guidelines, to government schools’. A related page is Accessing Interpreting and Translating.
- Reporting the Achievement of ESL
‘Progress of an English as a Second Language [ESL] student learning English should be reported against the stages of the ESL Standards rather than the levels of the English Standards’.
- The ESL Handbook
‘Advice to schools on programs for supporting students learning English as a second language’.
- Australian Curriculum and EAL/D
Overview, documents, multiple sections, links.
- Aboriginal English
“Ways of Being, Ways of Talk”. ‘Information on Aboriginal English and its use within the wider community’. Download the document here.
- Aboriginal English [DofE]
Introduction, programs, literacy strategy, resources.
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EAL/D - English as an Additional Language or
Program information, documents, EALD for Aboriginal Students, EALD Curriculum Support, assessment and reporting, Teacher Development Schools and Translating and Interpreting Services.
- The Department of Education - EAL/D Resource and Information Centre
- AMEP Fact Sheets - AMEP Research Centre
‘Developed by the Adult Migrant English Program [AMEP] Research Centre to provide [AMEP] teachers with information on areas of professional concern’. Macquarie University.
- AMEP Research Centre - Professional
‘A wide range of Professional Development Resources’. Macquarie University.
- AMEP - Reviews of Australian Resources
AMEP Research Centre, Macquarie University.
- English as an Additional Language or
Dialect : Teacher Resource [EAL/D]
Information and documents available from ACARA.
English Language Schools
- Australia, English Schools and ELICOS Programs
- Directory of English Language Schools in Australia
Search by location or name.
- University English Language Centres Australia
‘30 Australian universities offering English Australia Language courses’.
- ESL/Indigenous Project
‘Articles that outline the policy debates surrounding Aboriginal English, and articles that state what Aboriginal English is, or provide some practical examples or personal experience of its use and influence.’
Federal Government Support
- Adult Migrant English Program
‘English lessons to eligible adult migrants. Free for most eligible adult migrants’.
‘NEAS endorses English language centres in universities, colleges and high schools. Endorsed centres are granted the NEAS quality mark, internationally recognised and valued by students, teachers, agents and governments’.
English Language and Literacy
Presently in limbo pending future decisions.
- Learning English [AMES]
‘Opens a world of opportunities and is essential for making the most of your life in Australia’. Free English classes, English for Work, English for Overseas students. Victoria and Sydney.
- English Australia
‘National association for accredited public and private English language colleges in Australia’.
- Developing Teachers
‘A web site for the developing language teacher.’
- English Baby !
‘Visit every day for a new, free English lesson ! Our online English lessons feature real English conversations about popular culture’.
Online English learning from India. Free demo, some free Resources [see listing at bottom]. Main course is fee-based.
- ESL Jobs Centre
Covers placement in different positions at all levels in many countries around the world.
- ESL Jobs World
‘Jobs for teachers of English to speakers of other languages’. Provides email newsletters covering vacancies.
- International English Language Testing System
‘Measures ability to communicate in English across all four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking’.
Journals & Other Publications
For all educational journals, see the Education Journals page.
- English Language
‘A weekly digest of the most important news affecting English language teachers worldwide. Fee for members and non-members’.
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TOPICS Online Magazine
‘Offers learners of English the opportunity to express and publish their ideas in English to an online audience’.
- TESall.com’s Useful Links for ESL/EFL Teachers
Employment, blogs, lesson plans, news, school directories.
Test of English as a Foreign Language™
‘With ePrepz you get access to hundreds of different types of quizzes, exercises and practice tests that are based on the TOEFL exam’. Fee-based but quite reasonable.
- Good Luck TOEFL
‘Studying for the TOEFL exam can be scary, difficult, and confusing. Good Luck TOEFL gives you the answers’.
- The TOEFL Test
‘The TOEFL test covers all facets of English proficiency, including a test of spoken English and grammar exercises.’ Now able to be done online.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language
Format and contents, criticisms, related links. Wikipedia.
- TOEFL Practice Test
A sample test from the UK.