Stage 2 EAL is designed for students who speak English as a second or additional language or dialect and who come from diverse personal, educational, and cultural backgrounds. Students must meet eligibility criteria.
Teaching and learning activities are focused on the development of the skills and strategies needed to express, interpret, and communicate complex information and ideas. In Stage 2 EAL, literacy skills are developed in conjunction with language learning through comprehending and creating written, spoken, visual, and multimodal texts. Critical and creative thinking skills are emphasised.
What content will be covered?
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.
Where will this course take me?
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.
How will the course be assessed?
EAL is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. 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
What resources are used?
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.