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Stage 1 English as an Additional Language

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: English

Where does it lead?

English as an Additional Language is designed for students for whom English is an second language or an additional language or dialect. These students have had different experiences in English and one or more other languages. Students who study this subject come from diverse personal, educational and cultural backgrounds.

It provides opportunities for students to develop their English language skills, thus supporting their learning in the other areas of their schoolwork. It is designed primarily for students wishing to undertake study at University as it has a focus on academic research and language.


Eligibility for this subject is based upon the number of years of school in which the medium of instruction was English:

  • Students who have had 5 or less years of instruction in English are eligible.
  • Students who have had a total of more than 5 years of instruction in English, but whose knowledge of English is restricted may be allowed to take this subject following an English language proficiency assessment using the eligibility criteria set by the SACE Board.

What is in the course?

This subject focuses on development and use of skills and strategies in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and creating texts.

Through studying a variety of oral, written and multimodal texts, including informational and literary texts, students develop an understanding of text structures and language features. Students explore the relationship between these structures and features and the contexts, purpose and audience of texts. Information, ideas, and opinions in texts are identified and interpreted.

Students develop confidence in creating texts for different purposes in both real and implied contexts. Students broaden their understanding of sociocultural and sociolinguistic aspects of English, through their study of texts and language. They develop skills for research and academic study.


  • Responding to Texts: oral and written
  • Interactive Study: oral and written
  • Language Study: Multimodal presentation
  • Examination


  • Please note that 20 credits of either English or English as an Additional Language are compulsory.


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