PETAA Program: Supporting EAL/D students in our classroom

Dr. Jennifer Hammond & Maya Cranitch

NESA accredited

12 hours

Available all year

Online unmoderated course


This online PETAA Program: Supporting EAL/D Students in our Classroom, created by Jennifer Hammond and Maya Cranitch provides a deep dive pedagogical approach towards the education of EAL/D students in Australia.

The program explores the importance and practicalities of providing high challenge programs for EAL/D students in mainstream programs, while also providing high levels of support in response to students’ specific needs. It demonstrates examples of well-planned programs that are characterised by clear purposes for learning; and by sequences of learning that address the needs of EAL/D students. The program highlights the importance of talk in and for learning, and the role of language in mediating learning. Finally, it addresses the need for EAL/D students in mainstream programs to be supported to learn academic English.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Work with the principle of high challenge: what high challenge means; and what programs that are characterised by high challenge look like
  • Identify what high support means, implement strategies that offer high support for EAL/D students in mainstream classes and design programs that are characterised by high support
  • Develop processes of systematic and collaborative program planning that build on shared expertise of class and EAL/D teachers
  • Organise content into coherent well-sequenced learning and teaching programs
  • Understand the importance for EAL/D students of explicit and systematic support to learn to talk (and read and write) academic English within the context of mainstream classes
  • Plan and implement programs and lessons that support EAL/D students to talk to learn and learn to talk (and read and write) academic English

Program structure:

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers F-6 with EAL/D students in their classes, including new arrivals
  • Literacy Leaders
  • EAL/D Coordinators
  • Principals, Deputy Principals and Assistant Principals with EAL/D students in their schools
  • Heads of Curriculum, Instructional Leadership and Teaching and Learning

 How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform.
  • Group Bookings: Schools wishing to make a group booking should email us with the number of teachers they'd like to enrol, in order to receive a quote.
  • PL Subscription: Access this program via the PL Subscription homepage. All PL subscription members receive free access to all online unmoderated courses. 


Cost of participation

The prices below all reflect a discount applied for booking the full program.




PL Subscription School Member
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Group booking (10+)

*Includes a 12 month $100 online individual PETAA membership!.


This course is NESA Accredited

For NSW teachers: Completing this course will contribute 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PL addressing standard descriptors 1.3.2 and 1.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

PETAA Membership

To take advantage of member discounts on this event, you need to first complete the transaction to become a PETAA member, then return to register for the event.


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If you are new to PETAA, please create an account using the link above.