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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.
Students undertake tasks within the following areas of study:
Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:
Students complete a 3-hour external examination divided into two sections:
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.
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.
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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