Lalor Secondary College is proud of its diverse community and the different cultures represented.
Through the EAL program, recently arrived students are provided with specialist tuition to develop their skills in English and to increase their understanding of Australia.
EAL has smaller classes; available to those students who have been studying in English for seven years or less and operate at all levels Years 7 – 12, providing students with an excellent learning environment.
At Years 7 – 10, EAL is a separate subject that gives intensive study in English and also complements other subjects studied. Students will increase their English language skills by developing listening and speaking skills, increasing reading skills to gain information and improving writing skills. Students will also gain understanding and confidence to be successful in all school activities. Students are assessed using the EAL Continuum which is a companion to VELS (Victorian Essential Learning Standards.)
Lalor Secondary College offers EAL at VCE level providing separate classes at Year 11 and 12. Students read and view a range of texts and analyse their construction and interpretation. Students will develop confidence in creative writing, analytical essays and oral presentations. Students in Year 11 and 12 have access to ‘one on one’ assistance from an EAL assistant and volunteer support staff, across all their subjects from extra support staff.
Lalor Secondary College supports all EAL students and is continually developing programs to cater for student’s individual needs.
Languages (Formerly known as LOTE)
One of the features of Lalor Secondary College is that we offer four languages – French, Greek, Italian and Macedonian. It is compulsory for all students from Year 7 to Year 9 to study one of these languages. From Year 10 to VCE all languages are offered as electives. We strongly encourage all students to continue their study of a language (Pathway 1) or begin the study of a new language (Pathway 2).
In Languages we focus on the four literacy skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and on developing an awareness of culture. Activities outside the classroom include participation in poetry competitions, cooking classes, traditional dancing, incursions and excursions. Year 8 students are involved in special activities for Carnevale; including mask-making, a ‘virtual’ tour of celebrations all over the world.
Students also develop their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills while studying their chosen language.
There are many advantages to studying a language. It will assist students to gain access to other peoples’ ideas and ways of thinking. They will become interested in and respectful of other cultures. Through their studies, students will develop social and cognitive skills that will help them in other areas of the curriculum. Further studies in another language also improve VCE ATAR scores, greater access to selected universities as well as future employment and economic opportunities.