Stage 2 | Subject outline | Version control

Australian Languages — First Language Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in 2024. Accredited in November 2018 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2020. 

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Assessment design criteria

Assessment design criteria

The assessment design criteria are based on the learning requirements and are used by:

  • teachers to clarify for students what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for students to provide evidence of their learning at the highest possible level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students should demonstrate in their learning
  • teachers and assessors look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject the assessment design criteria are:

  • communicating
  • awareness and analysis
  • identities and ecologies.

The specific features of these criteria are described below.

The set of assessments, as a whole, must give students opportunities to demonstrate each of the specific features by the completion of study of the subject.


The specific features are as follows:

C1 Use of language and expression to communicate in [First Language].
C2 Exchange of information, experiences, opinions, and ideas.
C3 Collaboration with others.

Awareness and Analysis  

The specific features are as follows:

AA1 Knowledge, understanding, and application of oral and written systems and structures.
AA2 Analysis of linguistic, cultural, and stylistic features.
AA3 Interpretation and explanation of the meaning of resources.

Identities and Ecologies

The specific features are as follows:

IE1 Reflection on self as language learner and language user.
IE2 Exploration and analysis of the relationship between language, culture, and communities.
IE3 Understanding of and reflection on [First Language] variation and change.
IE4 Consideration of issues relating to sustaining, strengthening, and advocating for [First Language].