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English as an Additional Language Stage 2
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 2 from 2017.

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 the student what they need to learn
  • teachers and assessors to design opportunities for the student 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:

  • 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 in written and spoken communication, using appropriate vocabulary.
C2 Grammatical control and complexity.


The specific features are as follows:

Cp1 Comprehension and evaluation of information, ideas, and opinions in texts.
Cp2 Comprehension of ways in which texts are composed for purposes, audiences, and contexts.


The specific features are as follows:

An1 Analysis and evaluation of personal, social, and/or cultural perspectives in texts.
An2 Analysis of the relationship between the purpose, conventions, and language features of texts.


The specific features are as follows:

Ap1 Use of language features and conventions to produce texts for different purposes, audiences, and contexts.
Ap2 Selection and use of evidence and examples from a range of sources, with appropriate referencing.