In order to engage EAL students, teachers need to effectively understand and utilise language acquisition, assessment processes, and explicit planning models.

This course will address the current EAL models in the Australian context and how teachers can use functional grammar, EAL assessment continuums and explicit instructional models (EIM) to plan and deliver more inclusive lessons.

In this course, your will get a clearer understanding of EAL student backgrounds and how you can help your students access language learning through investigating the EAL continuum and Functional Grammar strategies.

You will also explore how you can incorporate some Cooperative Learning Strategies through the use of the Teaching and Learning cycle and a sample Explicit Instructional lesson plan.

This online course will allow you to:

  • UNDERSTAND what your EAL learners bring into your classrooms.
  • UNPACK EAL teaching and learning in Australia.
  • UPLOAD additional EAL knowledge and strategies into your existing repertoire.

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
  • Education Support Officers
  • 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 the 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.