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Essential English Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2017.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Content


Stage 2 Essential English is a 20-credit subject.

The content includes:

  • responding to texts
  • creating texts
  • language study.

In designing an appropriate Stage 2 Essential English program it is important to consider what students know and understand about the use of spoken and written language in vocational, school, cultural, social, and/or personal contexts. It is also necessary to consider the students’ aspirations.

Students connect with other people in many ways, using a variety of forms for different purposes. Decisions about the content of the teaching and learning program should centre on ways in which students use language to establish and maintain effective connections and interactions with people in one or more contexts. A context may be local, national, or international, and may be accessed in person or online.

The specific contexts chosen for study may be social, cultural, community, workplace, and/or imagined. The texts and contexts may be negotiated with the students, and there may be a focus on different contexts and/or texts within any class group.

A suggested text list is available on the subject minisite.

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