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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 | Content


Stage 2 English as an Additional Language is a 20‑credit subject.

This subject focuses on the development and use of skills and strategies in communication, comprehension, language and text analysis, and text creation.

Through studying a variety of oral, written, and multimodal texts, including informational and literary texts, students develop an understanding of text structures and language features. Texts could include, for example, a newspaper article, a podcast, a short story, an extract from a prose text, or a scene from a film. Students explore the relationship between the structures and features and the purpose, audience, and context of texts. Information, ideas, and opinions in texts are identified and evaluated. Personal, social, and cultural perspectives in texts are analysed and evaluated.

Students develop confidence in creating texts for different purposes in both real and imagined contexts. Students broaden their understanding of sociocultural and sociolinguistic aspects of English, through their study of texts and language. They develop skills for research and academic study.

The subject focuses on the following skills and strategies:

  • Communication skills and strategies
  • Comprehension skills and strategies
  • Language and text analysis skills and strategies
  • Text creation skills and strategies.