Department of Education

English as an Additional Language or Dialect


EAL/D School Programs

The Department of Education provides a range of courses, programs, services and support for school-aged English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students to engage successfully in public schooling and in the acquisition of Standard Australian English (SAE).

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Intensive English Centres (IECs)

Intensive English Centres (IECs) provide a specialist 12 month English language program to eligible Stage 1 students who are in the early stages of English language acquisition - primarily those who are newly arrived in Western Australia. IECs have continuous enrolments and exit students into mainstream schooling at the end of each term (primary) or the end of each semester (secondary).

This may be extended by an additional 12 months for students holding refugee and humanitarian visa subclasses.

Best practice for a quality IEC program shows that the teacher student ratio for an IEC class should be close to 1.0 FTE to 16 students.  Where an entire IEC class consists of limited schooling background students, consideration should be given to the students’ complex learning needs and reflected accordingly in the student teacher ratio. Humanitarian entrants may have fled from conflict, persecution or violence and may be suffering from physical and emotional trauma along with other health issues. The IECs are therefore best placed to provide the specialist support these students require. 

List of Intensive English Centres



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Guide for Principals of schools with Intensive English Centres 

The Guide of Principals of Intensive English Centres (IECs) is based on the Department's Strategic Plan with its committment to a culture of high performance and hight in every school. It has been developed to inform leading best practice in the management of an IEC to ensure provision of high quality education to students from language backgrounds other than English. 

Guide for Principals of schools with Intensive English Centres

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Curriculum and assessment in the Intensive English Centres

Students are taught Standard Australian English (SAE) across all learning areas in the Western Australian Curriculum.

The Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline sets out the knowledge, understandings, skills, values and attitudes that all students from Kindergarten to Year 10 are expected to acquire.

The English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Progress Map is used to assess EAL/D students’ skills and understandings of SAE.

The EAL/D Progress Map is an integrated teaching, monitoring and assessment support resource that can be used with EAL/D students from K-12. The map applies to the learning of English as an additional language or dialect in all learning areas and across all curriculum contexts and allows for the differentiation of the curriculum to support student academic achievement.

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Secondary EAL/D WACE Course

The Western Australian Certificate of Education English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) course is offered for Year 11 and 12 students in a number of schools. The EAL/D Foundation, General and ATAR course is designed as an alternative to “English” for students who speak a language or dialect other than English as their first or ‘home’ language. Each course comprises of 4 units with students completing a unit each semester.

Year 11 and 12 EAL/D WACE course

List of Secondary Schools offering WACE in English as an Additional Language course

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Kindergarten and Pre-primary EAL/D students

Kindergarten and Pre-primary students do not attract EAL funding. Mainstream Kindergarten and Pre-primary classrooms provide rich opportunities for children to learn English language skills, knowledge and understandings. In these settings, children use and practise the skills of language and literacy that have been systematically taught.

The three Pre-primary intensive English programs at existing IECs located at Koondoola, Nollamara and Eddystone primary schools are an exception. These centres provide support to meet the specific needs of humanitarian entrants facing challenges associated with trauma.

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Enrolment in an IEC

For enrolment information refer to:

Enrolment Procedures; and

Enrolment of Students from Overseas Schedule


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English as an addtional language allocation (EAL) (106)

This allocation is provided to help schools address the learning needs of eligible students who are learning Standard Australian Englsh as an additional language.

This document is only available to Department staff.

English as an Additional Language allocation (EAL) (106)





EAL/D School Programs

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