Learning English is essential for success at school and for further education, training and employment for students who speak a language other than English as their first language.
Approximately one third of all students in NSW Government schools come from language backgrounds other than English (LBOTE), both overseas and Australian born. These students speak over 230 different languages and hold a range of religious and spiritual beliefs.
At Excelsior Public School 64% of students are LBOTE who speak 50 different languages.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) student support aims to develop EAL/D students’ English language competence across the curriculum, so that they can fully participate in schooling and independently pursue further education and training.
Excelsior Public School offers in-class and withdrawal support for EAL/D students.