Discover how you can support English as an Additional Language (EAL) learners to extend their existing spoken language knowledge and build their mastery to experience success in writing tasks.

In the 21st century, there has been a massive transformation in teaching English due to the ongoing refugee crisis and globalisation of migration. This often leads to frequent dilemmas faced by teachers in choosing the right teaching pedagogy and methodology to ensure optimum engagement for EAL students.

As speech is the first skill to develop in our EAL learners, participants will gain insights on how they can build on and use this knowledge to move their EAL students to progress along the register continuum to produce and experience success in written work.

This online course will allow you to:

  • Discover - how TALKING can be utilised to help EAL students WRITE.
  • Deconstruct - concepts for pre-, during and post writing activities.
  • Develop - existing repertoire of practical EAL pedagogies and strategies.

Course approach: Self paced.

Course length: Approximately 90 minutes.



This online course is suitable for professionals working in Catholic, Government, and Independent Primary or Secondary schools:

  • Early years educators
  • Classroom teachers
  • Specialist teachers
  • Curriculum leaders
  • Pre-service, Graduates & Relief teachers

What you need for this online course:

  • Access to a laptop/notebook or desktop device with internet connectivity and headphones.
  • Relevant resources from downloadable links provided.

Meet your Presenter ...

Boney Nathan has worked as an EAL educator for 33 years across multiple settings including International Schools, Colleges, Universities, and Malaysian and Australian public schools. She has a Master of Applied Linguistics, a Graduate Certificate in Education: International Baccalaureate (IB), and a B.Ed TESL (Hons). She lived in Western Australia for twelve years where she was a Deputy Principal and a Teacher Consultant for Classroom Management and Student Engagement Strategies with the Western Australian Department of Education. In 2015, she presented a workshop on Using Picture Books in the EAL Classroom at the Primary English Teaching Association (PEETA) conference in Perth.

Since moving to Melbourne in 2016, she has facilitated online International Webinars and face-to-face workshops for several educational organisations. She has also supported EAL students in the DET New Arrivals Program. Boney is currently an active member of the School Leadership Team at a public school in Melbourne in her position as the EAL Learning Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator. She is currently co-writing a step-by step Instructional Strategy Guide for teachers. Boney is passionate about growing EAL knowledge and teaching skills through sharing effective evidence-based practices.