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Essential English Stage 1
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2015.

Stage 1 | Subject outline | School assessment | assessment-type-1-responding to texts

Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts

Students produce written, oral, and/or multimodal responses to a text or texts.

For a 10-credit subject, students complete at least one response to text. For a 20-credit subject, students complete at least two responses to texts.

They may respond to texts in a variety of forms, including a series of short answers and/or extended responses. The length of responses to texts can vary. Some responses may be short, others may be longer; however, no response should be more than 800 words or 5 minutes, or the equivalent in multimodal form.

Responses to texts could include, for example:

  • a commentary on a workplace text
  • an oral presentation with visual images
  • an email in response to a text
  • a series of brief responses to a film text
  • a discussion of a film, television program, or game
  • a review or comment on a set of instructions (e.g. a manual)
  • a blog in response to a news item or sports report
  • a set of annotations on a community information text
  • a director’s commentary on a section of a visual or dramatic text
  • exploration of the use of language in a campaign (e.g. advertising, political, advocacy).

For this assessment type, students provide evidence of their learning primarily in relation to the following assessment design criteria:

  • communication
  • comprehension
  • analysis.