Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge make the case for specialist teachers for our EAL/D students.
Some students might be recognised as having support… if you go back to the research, students need about seven years to develop the English language, academically, to get to the level that a native speaker would get to. So, anyone who comes into our schools not speaking Standard Australian English, I think, deserves specialist support.
… it is important for teachers to have as much information about the backgrounds of our students as possible… part of this is valuing what students may bring.Kathy Rushton and Joanne Rossbridge
Note for listeners: This episode was originally recorded for the JPL Podcast, hence the references to the JPL Podcast throughout.