SStage 2 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 (i.e. below Language and Literacy Level 12).
All students who want to enrol in English as an Additional Language subject will be required to apply to the SACE Board for 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.
This subject focuses on the development and use of skills and strategies in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and text creation.
Stage 2 EAL focuses on the development and use of skills and strategies in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and text creation. 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. Texts currently include, for example, short stories, documentaries, and advertisements. Students explore the relationship between the structures and features and the purpose, audience, and context of texts. Information, ideas, and opinions in texts are identified and evaluated. Personal, social, and cultural perspectives in texts are analysed and evaluated. Developing skills for research and academic study is a strong focus.
Students develop confidence in creating texts for different purposes in both real and imagined contexts. Students broaden their understanding of sociocultural and sociolinguistic aspects of English, through their study of texts and language. They develop skills and strategies for research and academic study in the areas of communication, comprehension, language and text analysis and text creation.
The academic study skills and literacy skills developed in Stage 2 EAL will stand students in good stead both at university and in the workplace.
EAL is a 20-credit subject in Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. The assessment has three components:
- Academic Literacy Study (30%) – students investigate a topic and present their findings in an academic style in two tasks:
- a written report
- an oral tutorial
- Responses to Texts (40%)
- External examination (30%) – students complete a 2.5 hour examination that is divided into two sections:
- comprehending multimodal texts
- written paper
Students are exposed to a variety of written, audio, and multimodal texts some of which are provided in class and some which are sourced by students themselves.