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English as an Alternative Language or Dialect


The EAL/D Program

Dakabin's English as an Alternative Language/Dialect (EAL/D) Unit offers high school English language learners a supportive and nurturing environment as the student improves language proficiency and transitions through their education.
Dakabin State High School is proud to have a large mix of cultures and languages. Each EAL/D student adds to the  school’s energetic learning community.
The EAL/D Unit consists of three Phases of English Language Learning. Unit consists of three Phases of English Language Learning.

Phase 1: 

Intensive English Class, Years 7-11. The Intensive class provides in-depth English language support for newly arrived students whose language and culture is not English. As the student’s language level increases, they are gradually moved into mainstream classes.

Phase 2: 

Core Subjects, Years 7, 8, 9, 10.  Specialist teachers instruct our EAL/D students in the National Curriculum subjects of English and Science. Working in small class groups the EAL/D teachers cover all required curriculum, ensuring the students understand the concepts and complete the necessary assessment.

Phase 3: 

School-based Support, Years 11, 12.  Senior students who have progressed in their English language acquisition receive subject-specific support three times per week. Expert teachers work with these students providing assistance with assignments and classroom support.