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  1. ESL Unit Workplace learning coordinator induction ESL and newly arrived refugee students Presented by Anita Calore and Laurence Jordan DEECD, ESL Unit and Nth Geelong SC Thursday 26 August 2010

  2. ESL Support in Victoria

  3. New Arrivals in Victorian Government Schools

  4. Main countries of origin and student numbers

  5. Refugee “likely” Students in government secondary schools Based on Aug 09 Census data

  6. ESL Index funded students - statewide Source: August Census, 2009 DEECD ESL Unit

  7. Pathways • VCAL- foundation level, pre-VCAL, three year VCE, VET • TAFE • ACE programs Features of the programs • Flexible learning programs • Learner centred programs • Authentic learning experiences • Supportive learning environments • Bilingual support • Pathway connections back to school or on to further education and training • Skill and knowledge development in preparation for work environment

  8. Challenges for ESL students in secondary school • Level of English when entering secondary school • Previous education experience • Age at entry to secondary school • Parent aspirations • Personal goals • Understanding a new education system

  9. Challenges continued….. • Understanding the pathways to further study • Seeking employment • Work readiness • Work experience • Networking and contacts • Learning to learn skills • Homework and study • Access to resources and computers • Being an adolescent • Settling into a new country

  10. Implications for schools • An increasing number of ESL learners require literacy, numeracy and content knowledge & skills as well as ESL support • Settlement and well-being needs increase • Schools need to link to a range of support services outside the school • Older ESL learners with disrupted schooling entering the school system will need additional support and pathways advice • Parents of ESL students require support to understand our education system and school expectations of them

  11. Connecting with local agencies • Local Learning and Employment Networks • University and TAFE providers • AMES and ACE providers • Local Industry • Local Government

  12. Local resources • New arrivals programs (schools, centres, programs) • Transition officers • ESL Regional Program Officers (RPOs) • Network provision of transition programs • Secondary schools (facilities, coordinators, programs) • Universities, TAFEs, AMES, ACE providers • Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs) • Other community based organisations: Migrant Resource Centres Community groups Settlement services providers

  13. Resources LMERC – Statewide Resource Centre www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/lmerc/ 150 Palmerston Street Carlton (Carlton PS- lower level) ESL Website www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/esl/default.htm Local Learning and Employment Networks http://www.llen.vic.gov.au/ Families as Partners in Learning www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/familiesaspartners/default.htm Community profile information http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/delivering-assistance/government-programs/settlement-planning/community-profiles.htm Refugee Council of Australia – new report http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/docs/resources/reports/Finding_the_Right_Time_and_Place.pdf

  14. Considerations • Cultural inclusiveness • Resettlement issue • A scaffolded approach to supporting ESL students • A range of experiential learning experiences • Work readiness- OH&S • Use of ipods and other technologies • Goal setting

  15. Questions for schools About the ESL learners • How long has the student been in an Australian school? • What’s their level of English like? • Do they work well as part of a team? • How much do they know about pathways and options? • What are their interest areas for future study, work? • Have they had a part time job in Australia? About the school programs • Have the parents/family been included in any discussions about pathways, subject selections etc? • OH&S: has this been covered? How did they cope with this? Did they complete their test? • What types of tasks can the student do? Do they need supervision to complete these? Do they need extra support to complete these? • What field experiences have the students had? Any speakers or visits?

  16. Anita Calore Senior Project Officer ESL Unit - DEECD Phone 9637 2131 calore.anita.a@edumail.vic.gov.au Lawrence Jordan VCAL for refugees program coordinator Nth Geelong SC Phone 5278 9399 jordan.lawrence.w@edumail.vic.gov.au