Refugee Action Support Program

Each year, groups of speech pathology students in their second year of study participate in the Refugee Action Support (RAS) program, which is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Education and Communities (NSW DEC), the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) and Charles Sturt University. Students work within a local school one day per week for 8-10 weeks, alongside teachers and learning support officers.

The specific aims of the program are to:

  • support school students from refugee backgrounds to improve their English language and literacy skills, develop their understanding and increase their confidence to participate and achieve goals in the classroom and school context.
  • assist pre-service professionals (university students) to develop the skills and knowledge to support the learning of individuals from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • encourage understanding of roles and enable collaborative practice among different professional groups.

Contact Jane McCormack:  jmccormack@csu.edu.au