Essential English


Course Details

  • ATAR: Yes
  • NTCET Points: 20
  • Cost: No

About the Subject

In studying Essential English, students seek to continue to develop their skills in English by creating their own pieces and responding to texts across a variety of contexts. The course is designed to be flexible for those students completing VET courses or school based apprenticeships. 


Students provide evidence of their learning through seven assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:

School-based AssessmentWeighting
Three responses to texts30%
Three created texts40%
External Assessment
Language Study30%

Assessment type 1: Responding to Texts (30%): This consists of students responding to and analysing three different forms of texts. This may include films, songs, poems, advertisements, websites, workplace documents and speeches.

Assessment type 2: Creating Texts (40%): This consists of students creating two texts (worth 10% each), which may include an imaginative text, a workplace text, a speech, a monologue, a descriptive text and a mock interview. Students also create an advocacy text (worth 20%), which advocates for an issue, cause or a change in process.

External Assessment

Students complete an independent 1500 word Language Study. In consultation with the teacher students choose one of the following contexts; workplace, training, or volunteering; virtual social networking; a recreational or personal interest; educational/academic; cultural; the local community or a community of interest and develop a question/hypothesis about the use of language in the chosen context.

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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