Planning for scientific language with EAL/D students

Bronwyn Parkin

12 hours

Available 15 April - 20 June 2024

Online moderated course


What is this course about?

This course is designed to help teachers make the language of science explicit to all students, particularly EAL/D learners, empowering them to speak and write authoritatively while engaging with new scientific ideas. We recognise the challenges EAL/D students face in mastering academic language, and this course will support teachers in ensuring all students can express themselves with confidence and authority.

Course format:

This course is available on-demand via PETAA's LMS for the time period Monday 15 April - Thursday 20 June. In addition, Bronwyn will be running two optional live Teams sessions:

  1. Monday 15 April at 4pm AEST
  2. Monday 17 June 4pm AEST

Learning Outcomes:

  • Scaffold language learning for EAL/D students to build their confidence and proficiency
  • Integrate language development with scientific curriculum content, making learning meaningful and engaging
  • Create a supportive and inclusive classroom environment where all students can succeed
  • Plan a sequence of lessons around one topic, using a focus text as a guide
  • Think up front about the language, both vocabulary and grammar that you want to teach, and the language you want students to use
  • Gradually shift from hands-on activities to letting the language do the work of meaning-making
  • Discover practical and effective ways to unlock the language of science for EAL/D students, empowering them to thrive in the literacy and science classroom and beyond

Who should participate?

  • Teachers P-8 working at Brisbane Diocese schools
  • EAL/D coordinators or leaders working at Brisbane Diocese schools
  • Teaching and Learning leaders working at Brisbane Diocese schools

How does it work?

  • Individuals: upon registration individuals will be sent a link to access the PL on our online learning platform. Links to the live Teams sessions will also be provided.


Cost of participation
Teacher at a Brisbane Diocese School FREE (Very limited places)
All other

Not available


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 Completing this course comprises 12 hours of online professional learning addressing standards 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.3.2, 2.5.2, 3.1.2, 3.2.2 and 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. 
15/04/2024 - 20/06/2024 11:59 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
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