English Communications


This subject focuses on the development of English skills, and in particular the communication process. Students learn to recognise the conventions of different text types and contexts. 

About the subject

Students consider the role of language in communication between individuals, groups and organisations. By reading, writing, viewing, listening and speaking, and through the use of information and communication technologies, students develop literacy skills in a broad range of contexts.

Course content

Students undertake tasks within the following:

  • Text Study
  • Text Production Study
  • Communication Study (consists of two parts)

1. Analysis and comparison of one of the following categories of communication:

  • Mass-media Communication
  • Personal Communication
  • Business Communication
  • Computer-mediated Communication
  • Advertising

2. Completion of a practical application involving the development of a product, reflection on the process of development, and the findings reached by the student. Students select one of the following applications:

  • Film-making
  • Interacting
  • Investigating
  • Language
  • Multimedia web authoring
  • Oral language
  • Workplace writing
  • Writing for publication.


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

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Text Analysis20%
Text Production20%
Communication Study30%
External Assessment 

Information on the external assessment - Folio

Students complete a Folio containing work from both:

  • Part 1: Response to an example of communication
  • Part 2: Text production with writer’s statement.

Part 1: Response to an example of communication

Students write a commentary on an example of communication. This could be a short story, novel, poem, or film; or a text used to communicate an idea or information such as a transcript of a speech, or a letter.

Part 2: Text production with writer’s statement

Students compose a piece of written text and a writer’s statement that outlines their intentions and reflection of the process used to produce it.

The text production piece can be creative (e.g. a narrative or expository piece) or functional (e.g. writing for a technical journal).

The total length of the writing in the Folio is up to a maximum of 2000 words.

The folio 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 folio with reference to the performance standards.

Performance Standards

The English Communications 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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