Essential English as an Additional Language A and B

SACE Stage 1

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Essential English as an Additional Language A and B

English as an Additional Language

SACE Stage 1

10 or 20 credits

This subject is for students for whom English is an additional language. It develops their ability to use English and is an introduction to studying in an academic subject requiring academic literacy and study skills. In this subject, students learn how to communicate, understand, analyse and create both spoken and written texts. This subject is preparation for and hence is intended to lead to further study in Stage 1 English as an Additional Language (EAL). However, students whose language and academic skills develop to an appropriate level may be able to study Stage 2 Essential EAL successfully.

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Further Info
This subject focuses on the following skills and strategies:

  • Students exchange information, opinions, and experiences through writing and speaking in a range of situations and contexts.
  • Students comprehend and interpret information, ideas, and opinions presented in texts.
  • Students analyse personal, social, and cultural perspectives in texts. They understand and analyse how language is used to communicate for different purposes.
  • Students create oral, written, and multimodal texts, using a range of language skills appropriate to purpose, audience, and context.


Students complete four assessment tasks:

Responding to Texts 50%
Interactive Study 25%
Language Study 25%


This subject is appropriate for students who wish to follow an academic pathway.

It is recommended that students also enrol in Grammar and Writing and/or Conversation and Pronunciation to complement this course. These are electives in the English Proficiency certificates.