• Inclusive Education
  • Literacy

Supporting EAL/D Learners in the Classroom (Term 3)

PL # 13352.
Starting on 27 Jul 2022
Cancellation permitted until 22/07/2022
For Members$50
For Catholic Members$60
For Non-Members$100
Registration Close Date 22/07/2022
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Registrations open to

  • AISWA Member Schools (non-CEO)
  • Catholic Member Schools
  • Non-Members


Professional learning relating to the issues faced by learners for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D). This session provides advice to primary and secondary classroom teachers to support such students, and to make use of the linguistic and cultural knowledge and understandings that EAL/D learners bring to the classroom.

Learning academic content in a second language raises issues that are considerably different from learning academic content in a familiar language.  All teachers must be aware of and address the unique needs of EAL/D learners to allow them to be successful in school and life. Clarification around the nature and time it takes to acquire a second language, use of other languages in learning and testing is essential.

This professional learning event aims to:

- provide insight into what it is like to be an EAL/D learner
- offer advice on how to best support EAL/D learners in and beyond the classroom
- familiarise teachers with the EAL/D Progress Maps in order to plan for, monitor and assess learning


Kate Reitzenstein (AISWA Staff)

Teaching And Learning Consultant - Languages

Kate Reitzenstein has worked as Consultant for Languages of the Association of Independent Schools of WA since 2014. She organises professional development activities and provides advice to schools and teachers on policy, curriculum and resources. Prior to this role, Kate worked as an Indonesian language teacher for fifteen years at three secondary schools, with experience using the Curriculum Framework and the Middle Years Program and Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. She has worked as an EFL/ESL teacher in Australia and abroad, and has had experience as an International Student Coordinator and at establishing overseas school partnerships and in-country study tours. Kate places importance on effective language teaching methodology and the need to link theory to practice in the Languages classroom.


Kerry Handley (AISWA Staff)

Literacy Consultant

Kerry Handley is a Literacy Consultant with many years of experience. She has worked in the WA education system as a classroom teacher, K-7 district coordinator and a consultant. Before joining AISWA, in 2012, Kerry was part of the team that reconceptualised and wrote the First Steps 2nd Edition resource and associated professional development. In this role she presented to educators around the world and spent four years living in the USA. She is one of the presenters of the Sharp Reading program and has a particular interest in assisting teachers in remote aboriginal schools.

Kerry has a Masters of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Intercultural Studies and a Diploma of Teaching. She is passionate about helping improve literacy outcomes for all students.


Event Segment

Date / Time

Starts: 09:00
Finishes: 15:00


AISWA Training Room Suite 1
Suite 1, 41 Walters Drive
Osborne Park WA 6017


Parking bays are available on Walters Drive (max. fee is $5.00 p/day). Alternatively, public transport is available via train & bus: Joondalup Line – Stop at Glendalough Station. Bus transfers: Bus no. 407, Bus stop: 25350

Learning Area

  • EAL/D
  • Inclusive Education
  • Literacy

School Area

  • Early Childhood (PK - 2)
  • Middle Primary (3-6)
  • Secondary (7-10)
  • Education Assistants

Event Contact

AITSL Standards