EAL TRANSITION OFFICER SERVICES IN GREATER GEELONG AND SURROUNDS
English as an additional language (EAL) students are supported through a range of programs provided by the Department of Education and Training (DET). Newly arrived students from language backgrounds other than English who meet eligibility criteria are able to access English as an Additional Language (EAL) support through the New Arrivals Program (NAP) within the Victorian government education system.
The NAP is delivered to students principally through English language schools and centres in the Melbourne metropolitan area, as well as regional programs currently operating in Mildura, Geelong, and Shepparton.
A four day Outpost model forms part of the Geelong English Language Centre (GELC) provided to schools in Greater Geelong and surrounds. Eligible students who are nearing the completion of their six month NAP at GELC will be assisted to transition back into full time tuition in their enrolling school by the GELC Transition Officer.
The Transition Officer helps families in the transition of their son/daughter to their primary or secondary enrolling mainstream school at the completion of the student’s program. In the final term of a student’s program parents/guardians will be contacted to inform them that their child will be returning to full time attendance at the enrolling school. At the completion of the NAP parents/guardians will be provided with a report and invited to attend a parent/teacher interview to discuss their child’s progress in the program and transition arrangements.
The Transition Officer will meet with relevant staff at the mainstream school to provide relevant information and a transition report to ensure exiting students have a seamless transition back into their enrolling school.
In order to provide effective and efficient transition experiences and processes for students, families and mainstream school staff, the Transition Officer will:
- Maintain strong links with mainstream schools
- Negotiate appropriate exit date from Outpost program and commencement back into full time mainstream program
- Liaise with parents/guardians regarding exit arrangements for their child
- Organise, prepare and collect relevant exit documentation from GELC staff
- Ensure that relevant documentation and detailed transition reports are provided to relevant staff at students’ enrolling schools at the completion of the program
Should staff at the enrolling mainstream school have any concerns regarding exiting students or their arrangements please contact:
the GELC Co-ordinator