We are very excited to share a very useful resource produced by the Department of Education and Training in Victoria. The EAL Effective Practice Interactive Guide features a series of literacy-based video case studies and resources, and follows the successful implementation of Lexis Education’s Literacy for Learning (LfL) course at Hume Central Secondary College in Victoria, a school that has high levels of disadvantage and numbers of EAL students.
The videos demonstrate the school’s successful practice change in:
- making literacy and EAL a lived priority across all campuses
- skilling secondary teachers to explicitly teach the language and literacy of their respective disciplines
- working as a Professional Learning Community that shares collective responsibility for the learning progress and literacy growth of all students including EAL leaners.
The resource strongly advocates for a whole school literacy focus, and invested and visible leadership of literacy and EAL within the school.
The positive results of the LfL implementation are evidenced by the significant improvement of the Study Median Score* between 2017 and 2018. This was very rewarding for the school given that it is quite an achievement to move up one point on this score.
*A school’s Study Median Score is the middle or ‘typical’ Study Score for all of the students in that school.