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Essential English Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 3.0 - For teaching in 2023.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2017.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | School assessment | assessment-type-1-responding to texts

Assessment Type 1: Responding to Texts (30%)

Students produce three responses to texts. At least one of the responses must be produced in written form, and at least one response in oral or multimodal form.

A written response should be a maximum of 800 words; an oral response should be a maximum of
5 minutes; a response in multimodal form should be of equivalent length.

Texts for study should be selected from at least two of the following text types or purposes:

  • a workplace text (i.e. one dealing with a vocational process or issue)
  • an advocacy text (i.e. one that seeks to change attitudes or actions)
  • a biographical text
  • a narrative text
  • an imaginative text
  • a social media text
  • a non-fiction text
  • a prose text (or extract)
  • a speech or oral presentation (e.g. a motivational speech by a sports coach)
  • a visual text
  • a media text
  • a dramatic text
  • a poetry text.

Responses to texts could include, but are not limited to:

  • an evaluation of a section of a workplace text
  • an oral presentation with visual images
  • comments on a section of a film text (i.e. director’s commentary)
  • an essay
  • a web page
  • a monologue
  • a role play.

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

  • communication
  • comprehension
  • analysis.