EAL and EAL/VCAL
English as an Additional Language
North Geelong Secondary College has an extensive EAL program for all students in years 7 to 12. We have outstanding facilities. Our purpose-built English Language Centre houses much of the school’s withdrawal program and senior EAL classes. The New Arrivals program offers intensive English instruction and caters for students with with developing English skills. This program is staffed by the Geelong English Language Centre (GELC) and North Geelong Secondary College. Students with disrupted schooling participate in our Transition Program. In the mainstream part of the school students are supported in their subjects by EAL staff and Multicultural Aides. We also have specialist EAL classes for all year levels.
The innovative, award winning EAL/VCAL program at North Geelong Secondary College has been designed to increase the confidence and improve the learning outcomes of EAL Refugee students with periods of interrupted learning. The students have all arrived in their mid to upper secondary years and in most cases have no career pathway plans.
The applied learning program is practical, hands-on, focused on work related skills, relevant and integrated. The students do all of the VCAL Learning Strands but with extra periods and language support to help meet the learning outcomes.
A feature of the EAL/VCAL program is the use of touch screen iPods as a student learning resource to facilitate Second Language Acquisition. The purchase of the iPods was made possible through a submission for funding to the Innovation and Next Practice Division of DEECD in 2009. The iPods have become an indispensable student resource in Structured Workplace Learning.