Literacy is an important part of the College’s Strategic Plan so that students develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. With the help of a range of assessment tools, teachers will work with students to set meaningful goals to develop their literacy skills so that they can improve the quality of their reading and writing.

Students will be provided with opportunities to develop their speaking and listening skills through a variety of formal and informal oral tasks. These include debating, book reports, speech presentations and oral comprehension activities.

The English and EAL program aims to extend students’ competencies in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening: skills that are required for every subject. Not only is this achieved through varied teaching methods in the classroom, but students are also offered numerous enrichment opportunities to further develop their abilities. Appreciation and enjoyment of language and literature helps students to become independent learners and develop an ever-widening language repertoire for personal and public use in contemporary society.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Students are defined as being EAL students if they come from a language background other than English, and require additional support in learning English as an additional language.

At Cranbourne Secondary College the EAL program runs independent classes from Year 7-12 as well as EAL language (elective) classes in Years 7 and 8.

Multicultural aides work in classrooms to assist newly arrived students from non-English speaking backgrounds. They support the students by explaining and scaffolding the tasks and instructions.

In Year 10 the EAL course parallels the English course. It should be noted that only students who meet the EAL eligibility criteria are allowed to enrol as an English as an Additional Language student.

Students who have been learning English in Australia for five years or less are eligible to be enrolled in EAL at the Year 10 level. This course provides students with preparation to undertake VCE EAL Units 1 & 2 and Intermediate VCAL Literacy.