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English as an additional language

Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12ESL
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2EAL20
SACE credits: 20


English as a Second Language is designed for students for whom English is an additional language or dialect and whose knowledge of English is restricted. Eligibility for this course is the study of ESL Stage 1 or a maximum of Language and Literacy levels across the Australian Curriculum: EALD students level 12, if more than 5 years of instruction in English. Students are required to apply to the SACE Board for Eligibility if not previously enrolled in SACE Stage 1 ESL.

Subject descriptor:

Students complete oral and written assignments in the following areas of study:


Students study the language and structure of a variety of text types in relatively formal contexts in a range of media.

Text Production

Study Students develop a personal and critical understanding of a range of issues and texts, fictional and non-fiction, and produce different responses. They learn to write discussions and expositions that deal critically and analytically with the issues in texts.

Interaction Study

The interaction study requires students to interact with one or more individuals (eg interview). Students learn the skills of report writing and evaluation of their work. Students continue to develop skills in speaking to an audience in formal contexts and using presentation aids such as cue cards or PowerPoint displays.

Investigative Study

Students investigate a contemporary issue of their choice. Students develop skills in planning, rephrasing and synthesising information and acknowledging sources. Students also gain experience in outlining complex ideas, expressing opinions and adapting language to suit the audience.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based Assessment: (70%)
Communication Study 20%
Text Production 30%
Language Application 20%
External Assessment: (30%)