Teaching & Learning - EALD - English as a Learned Dialect


Multiculturalism is a vital aspect of our country and at Trinity Gardens School, we are fortunate to have an amazing range of cultural diversity. Our school population is represented by around 47 nationalities. Trinity Gardens School provides teaching and learning programs that develop intercultural understanding, promote positive relationships and enable all students to participate as active Australian and global citizens. This is achieved through such programs as EALD teaching, First Language Maintenance and Development (FLMD) programs (Chinese and Punjabi), Harmony Day and Cultural Days.


EALD Teaching

Trinity Gardens School supports the participation, engagement and educational outcomes of students from non-English speaking backgrounds who are learning English as an additional language/dialect (EALD).  Students who are eligible through the Language and Literacy Levels assessment, work with the EALD teachers, Eugenia Patsis on Monday - Friday or Ruth Zweck on Monday and Tuesday.

Types of EALD support include:

  • inclusive practice and explicit teaching by all classroom teachers
  • support for individuals or small groups about new concepts or literacy demands of content
  • support by the EALD teacher
  • BSSOs (Bilingual School Services Officer) and/or SSOs (School Services Officer) as required
  • engaging the DECD EALD services when required e.g. Community Liaison Officers, interpreting and translation service and professional learning