Supporting language development

This area is designed to build your knowledge of the language contexts of the Indigenous children in your care.

The information here is essential preparation for anyone who will be supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschoolers who are learning English as an additional language or dialect.

Through the Language Zone, you will find the abbreviations L1 and L2. L1 refers to the first language(s) that a person speaks or signs. L2 refers to the second or additional language that they acquire. SAE refers to Standard Australian English, the most common type of English used in Australia.

For practical ideas about how to better support additional language acquisition in EAL/D settings for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, see Language for Littlies.