English as a Second Language Studies


English as a Second Language Studies is designed for students for whom English is an additional language or dialect.

Course details

  • Eligibility SACE eligibility criteria apply to this subject - see downloads

About the subject

For English as Second Language Studies students examine and analyse texts in a variety of genres that they use and respond to in an English-speaking environment for social and academic purposes. They work independently and collaboratively to learn to read, write, speak and listen to complex language usage.

Course content

Students undertake tasks within the following areas of study:

  • Text Study
  • Text Production
  • Investigative Study


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Issues Analysis20%
Text Production30%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment - Examination

Students complete a 3-hour external examination divided into two sections:

  • Section 1: Listening Comprehension
  • Section 2: Written Paper

Section 1: Listening Comprehension

The listening comprehension section takes approximately one hour, and is divided into two parts. In both parts students listen and respond to recorded texts. Texts are drawn from a range of oral text types such as discussions, interviews, and broadcasts.

The questions in the first part require understanding of the text. The questions in the second part require understanding and interpretation of the text.

Section 2: Written Paper

The written paper is in two parts: Part A and Part B. The balance of time (after approximately one hour for the listening comprehension) is spent on the written paper.

Part A — students read and interpret related texts, which could contain information, opinions, and experiences, and information in the form of graphs, diagrams, or pictures.

Students use the information and opinions in the texts to produce an extended written response of approximately 500 words.

Part B — students write a formal letter of approximately 200 words in response to a short written or visual text.

The examination will be graded by external assessors with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The English as a Second Language Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.

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