All students at Linden Park have the opportunity to learn French.
Every class has one 45 minute French lesson per week to develop broad communication skills and explore the French culture.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
EALD is a Literacy support programme for students who were either born overseas, have one or both parents born overseas or identify with another cultural background through extended family.
How diverse is our school population?
We are fortunate that Linden Park Primary School has an amazing range of cultural diversity. Our school population is represented by around 70 nationalities. All corners of the globe are represented and make our school a vibrant and interesting place in which to learn.
How are students identified for the EALD programme?
Students who are eligible for the EALD programme may be those who:
- Were born overseas and have learnt English later in their childhood
- Were born in Australia and speak English and another language at home
- Were born in Australia and identify with another culture through their extended family
We use several factors to identify students for support. These include:
- Classroom teacher and EALD teacher discussions
- Work samples
- Student’s current Language and Literacy level
- Diagnostic testing (classroom based)
What do students do at EALD?
The EALD programme provides enrichment in language development across the curriculum and supports children to be confident and competent speakers, readers and writers of English. Children who take part in the programme, with parent permission, will be supported in different ways according to their current needs and abilities. Children will be supported in-class or withdrawn from class to work in a small group or individually.
Students are supported in various aspects of their literacy. This includes the development of:
- reading for understanding and comprehension of texts
- writing skills such as sentence and paragraph construction, functional grammar, spelling
- genre writing , looking at different text types linked with Units of Inquiry
- developing confidence in English speaking and listening skills. This includes asking and responding to questions, increasing vocabulary and non-verbal communication and oral presentations.
First Language Maintenance and Development (FLMD)
The school offers it to students who meet the Department of Education’s eligibility criteria in the school’s target language (currently only Mandarin). The aim of the FLMD program is to support eligible students to:
- respect, develop and maintain their home language.
- develop language and literacy skills; to provide opportunity for strong conceptual learning that will extend students’ capability for language use.
- foster a positive sense of self-identity.
Please note that the FLMD program will only be available to students who have arrived in Australia in the last five years in the school’s target language/s. Students who do not meet the criteria for the FLMD program are able to access language development through Ethnic Schools or the School of Languages in their out of hours programs. For more information click here to visit the School of Languages website.