Curriculum Support Programs

CORRECTIVE READING

The Corrective Reading program is designed to meet the needs of students who are under performing in reading.  The program helps students who have trouble identifying words, who don’t understand how the arrangement of letters in a word relates to its pronunciation, and whose reading speed is low. Corrective Reading is designed to help a wide range of students in Years 5 through to Year 9.
Students participate in Corrective Reading for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Lessons in the program are designed within skill limits of the student, which means that participating students will not be overwhelmed with difficult tasks or bored by tasks that are too easy.

NUMERACY INTERVENTION

The Numeracy Intervention program is designed to support students with gaps in their Numeracy fluency skills, as well as helping students’ build their confidence within the Mathematics classroom. Numeracy Intervention is a targeted program designed to meet the needs of the students involved and is in line with the Victorian Curriculum.

Students involved in the Numeracy Intervention Program receive a personalised timetable to ensure minimal disruption to their other academic subjects and while in the program, students are exposed to a variety of ways of learning numeracy skills, though activities such as, but not limited to, small group work, hands on tasks, and discussions.

ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL)

The number of eligible EAL students in Victoria is growing by about 4.6 per cent a year and this is reflected at Mount Ridley College. This increase has been guided by a number of factors such as Commonwealth Government immigration policies, refugee and humanitarian programs, asylum seeker number and interstate movement through children being born in Australia from EAL language backgrounds.

EAL students are taught by teachers with a background and knowledge in EAL teaching and methodology and are supported by Multicultural Aides who work both in the classroom and in communicating with parents informing them of matters relating to the education of their children.

Eligibility for an EAL program is determined through a number of factors and includes:

• Holding of a relevant visa
• Speaking a language other than English as their main language at home

Some students may be eligible to attend a Language School which provides intensive English Language teaching and learning for a number of terms and prepares the student to successfully participate in the learning programs of our school. Our local Language Schools include the Broadmeadows campus of Collingwood Language School, Hume Central and the newly opened Craigieburn Language School. We have a close partnership with the Language Schools and work collaboratively to refer eligible students and liaise with Language School personnel closely when our students return.

Presently EAL students from Prep to Year 8 attend EAL withdrawal classes twice weekly and students from Years 9 to 12 attend EAL English classes. Students from Prep to Year 10 are assessed through The EAL Developmental Continuum P–10 which provides evidence based indicators of progress. It provides practical teaching strategies to support teachers in assessing students. Year 11 and 12 EAL English is part of the Victorian Certificate of Education and is assessed differently.

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