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English as an additional language (A & B)

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11ESLA / 11ESLB
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 1EAL10
SACE credits: 20


Entry to this course is by teacher recommendation only. English as an Additional Language in the SACE is designed for students who speak English as a second or additional language or dialect, and whose English language proficiency is restricted.

All students who want to enrol in an English as an Additional Language subject will be required to apply to the SACE Board for eligibility.

Subject descriptor:

This subject is designed to improve students’ general proficiency in the English language, with a focus on developing their academic literacy skills. There is an emphasis on communication, comprehension, analysis, and text creation. This subject provides the foundation for further study in Stage 2 English as an Additional Language.


Stage 1 English as an Additional Language may be studied as a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject.

This subject focuses on development and use of skills and strategies in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and creating texts. Through studying a variety of oral, written and multimodal texts, including informational and literary texts, students develop an understanding of text structures and language features. Texts could include, for example, a newspaper article, a podcast, a short story, an extract from a prose text, a scene from a film. Students explore the relationship between these structures and features and the context, purpose, and audience of texts. Information, ideas, and opinions in texts are identified and interpreted. Students develop confidence in creating texts for different purposes in both real and implied contexts. Students broaden their understanding of sociocultural and sociolinguistic aspects of English, through their study of texts and language. They develop skills for research and academic study. This subject focuses on the following skills and strategies.

In this subject, students are expected to:

  1. exchange information, opinions, and experiences through writing and speaking in a range of situations and contexts
  2. comprehend and interpret information, ideas, and opinions presented in texts
  3. analyse personal, social, and cultural perspectives in texts
  4. understand and analyse how language features are used to communicate for different purposes
  5. create oral, written, and multimodal texts using a range of language skills appropriate to purpose, audience, and context.



Students will complete a number of formative assignments to prepare for the summative SACE tasks. Assessment at Stage 1 is school based.

The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 1 English as an Additional Language:

  • Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts
  • Assessment Type 2: Interactive Study
  • Assessment Type 3: Language Study

Each semester, students should provide evidence of their learning through four assessments. Each assessment type should have a weighting of at least 20%.

All summative work is assessed using common Performance Standards developed by the SACE Board.

Special requirements:

Students are strongly advised to have access to an approved dictionary.

Estimated subject fees:

Excursions - Possible admission and transport costs.

Further information

Due to the nature of this course which focuses on social, cultural and community use of language, students may participate in a number of excursions to local cultural environments. The costs involved will be for public transport and admission.