English as an Additional Language (EAL)

SACE Stage 2

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English as an Additional Language (EAL)

English as an Additional Language

SACE Stage 2

20 credits

This course is designed for students for whom English is their second or additional language or dialect, and whose English language is restricted. This course develops skills in using English for academic purposes. It is designed to prepare students for tertiary study. This subject has an external examination.

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Through studying a variety of oral, written, and multimodal texts, including informational and literary texts, students develop an understanding of how to produce academic texts and develop their skills in producing complex academic language. They explore the purpose, audience and context of texts. Information, ideas and opinions in texts are identified and evaluated.

Students develop confidence in creating texts for different purposes in both real and imagined contexts. They develop skills for research and academic study.

In this course, students will:
  • Develop their spoken and written communication skills
  • Analyse how language is used to advocate, persuade and inform
  • Use language to create a range of spoken and written texts
  • Develop their skills in comprehending aural (listening) and visual texts


School-based Assessment

Academic literacy Study 30%
Responses to texts 40%

External Assessment
(Listening comprehension paper and written paper)


Students who wish to study this subject should have developed very good listening, speaking, reading, writing and independent study skills at the end of Stage 1 study.
All students who wish to enrol in EAL will need to apply to the SACE Board for eligibility. Students whose eligibility applications are approved for Stage 1 EAL do not have to reapply for eligibility to enrol in Stage 2 EAL.