English as an Additional Language


English as a Second Language 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

In Stage 2 English as a Second Language, students develop their confidence and competence as users of English, developing skills as critical viewers, listeners, speakers, readers, and writers.

Course content

Students undertake tasks within the following areas of study:

  • Communication Study
  • Text Production Study
  • Interaction Study
  • Investigative Study


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Communication Study20%
Text Production30%
Language Application20%
External Assessment 

Information on the External Assessment - Investigation

Students investigate a contemporary issue of their choice. The investigation comprises:

  • A written research report of up to a maximum of 900 words
  • An oral reflection of the process and findings of the investigation of a maximum of six minutes.

The investigation is double graded, firstly by the student’s teacher and secondly by an external assessor appointed by the SACE Board. The teacher and the external assessor make a decision about the quality of the investigation with reference to the performance standards.

Students who complete 20 credits of this subject with a C grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the NTCET.

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