English as an Additional Language


English as an Additional Language is designed for students for whom English is a second language or an additional language or dialect.

Course details

  • Further study Stage 2 English as an Additional Language (available from 2017)

About the subject

Stage 1 English as an Additional Language is designed to improve students’ general proficiency in the English language. There is an emphasis on communication, comprehension, analysis, and text creation.

This subject focuses on the 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, or a scene from a film. Students explore the relationship between these structures and features and the purpose, audience, and context 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.

These students have had different experiences in English and one or more other languages. Students who study this subject come from diverse personal, educational, and cultural backgrounds.


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.

In order to achieve their NTCET, students must achieve a ‘C’ grade or higher in both semesters of English.

The Compass App

Students and their families are encouraged to download the Darwin High School Compass app to their smart phone/tablet device. Compass app allows you to stay up to date with announcements and events, complete a range of e-forms for student absences and excursions and easily contact us via phone or email direct from the app.

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