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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 | Language study

Language study

The language study focuses on the use of language by people in a context outside of the classroom.

Students select one of the following contexts for study:

  • workplace, training or volunteering
  • virtual social networking
  • a recreational or personal interest (e.g. sport, reading)
  • educational/academic (e.g. school)
  • cultural (e.g. language group, festival)
  • the local community
  • a community of interest.

They need to consider the practical and ethical implications of communicating effectively and appropriately.

Students consider the use of language in their chosen context, including the communication of information, ideas, and perspectives. Students examine ways in which language, in conjunction with, for example, ethnicity, gender identity, social and economic status, and age, is used to support communication and the formation and maintenance of personal and group identity. 

Students reflect on the strategies and language used to communicate in a specific context.  

The language study could also explore ways in which people change or modify their use of language according to context, purpose, or audience expectation.