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Essential english (A & B)

Level: 11 Stage 1
School code: 11EPA / 11EPB
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
Type: Literacy
SACE code: 1ETE10
SACE credits: 20


Entry to this course is by teacher recommendation only.

Subject descriptor:

This subject is designed for (1) students who are seeking to meet the SACE literacy requirement; (2) students who are planning to pursue a career in a range of trades or vocational pathways. There is an emphasis on communication, comprehension, analysis, and text creation. This subject leads to Stage 2 Essential English.

In this subject students respond to and create texts in and for a range of personal, social, cultural, community, and/or workplace contexts. Students understand and interpret information, ideas, and perspectives in texts and consider ways in which language choices are used to create meaning.

In this subject, students are expected to:

  1. develop communication skills through reading, viewing, writing, listening, and speaking
  2. comprehend information, ideas, and perspectives in texts selected from social, cultural, community, workplace, and/or imagined contexts
  3. identify and analyse how the structure and language of texts varies for different purposes, audiences, and contexts
  4. express information, ideas, and perspectives using a range of textual conventions
  5. create oral, written, and/or multimodal texts appropriate for purpose and audience in real and/or imagined contexts.



Students will complete a number of formative assignments to prepare for the summative SACE tasks. This subject focuses on the development of students’ skills in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and creating texts, through:

  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Texts

For each semester10-credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through four assessments, with at least one assessment from each assessment type. At least one assessment should be an oral or multimodal presentation and at least one should be in written form. Each assessment type should have a weighting of at least 20%.

Students may also sit an end-of-semester examination. 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.