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English as an Additional Language Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0
For teaching in Australian and SACE International schools from January 2024 to December 2024.
For teaching in SACE International schools only from May/June 2023 to March 2024 and from May/June 2024 to March 2025.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2016.

Stage 1 | 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 the student what they need to learn
  • design opportunities for the student to provide evidence of their learning at the highest level of achievement.

The assessment design criteria consist of specific features that:

  • students need to demonstrate in their evidence of learning
  • teachers look for as evidence that students have met the learning requirements.

For this subject, the assessment design criteria are:

  • communication
  • comprehension
  • analysis
  • application.

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 Clarity and coherence of written and spoken expression, using appropriate vocabulary.
C2 Demonstration of grammatical control and complexity.


The specific features are as follows:

Cp1 Comprehension and interpretation of information, ideas, and opinions in texts.
Cp2 Understanding of the purpose, structure, and language features of texts.


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis of personal, social, and cultural perspectives in texts.
An2 Analysis of ways in which texts are created for specific purposes and audiences.


The specific features are as follows:

Ap1 Use of language features and conventions for different purposes and audiences.
Ap2 Selection of evidence and examples to support a point of view.