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

Course Details

  • ATAR: Yes
  • NTCET Points: 
  • Cost: No

Eligibility for enrolment

All students who want to enrol in an English as an Additional Language subject will be required to apply for eligibility. Students should contact the NTCET coordinator to check their eligibility. Students whose eligibility applications are approved for Stage 1 English as an Additional Language do not have to reapply for eligibility to enrol in Stage 2 English as an Additional Language.

About the subject

English as an Additional Language is designed for students who speak English as a second or additional language or dialect, and whose English language proficiency is restricted. 


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Two academic literacy studies30%
Four responses to texts30%

External Assessment 

Assessment Type 1: Academic Literacy Study (30%): This consists of two assessment tasks. One task is a written report up to 1500 words, and the other task is an oral interaction up to 10 minutes in length.

Assessment Type 2: Responses to Texts (40%): Students complete four responses to a range of texts. One response must be in oral form. All four responses must be equivalent to 3000 words in total, with a focus on communication, comprehension and analysis.

External Assessment 

Students complete a 160 minute exam (30%) that is divided into two sections:

Section 1: Comprehending Multimodel Texts

This section is divided into two parts. In both parts, students respond to aural and/or visual texts.

Section 2: Written Paper

Students are required to read and interpret related texts. Students use the information and opinions in the texts to produce a written response in the form of an essay, a persuasive piece or a report. 

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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