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Essential English Stage 2
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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-2-creating texts

Assessment Type 2: Creating Texts

Students create written, oral, and multimodal texts for procedural, imaginative, analytical, persuasive, and/or interpretive purposes.

Students create:

  • one advocacy text
  • two additional texts.

At least one of the responses must be in written form, and at least one in oral or multimodal form.

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

Advocacy text

Students produce at least one text that advocates for an issue, cause, or process relevant to a context. Students could, for example, create a text advocating for:

  • an improved process or procedure in a workplace
  • a change to a rule or process in a sporting context
  • ethical treatment of an individual or group of individuals
  • provision of a service or infrastructure in a local community
  • action to encourage or prevent change within a community.

Additional texts

The two additional texts should be different from each other and from the advocacy text in purpose, audience, and/or context. For the additional texts students could, for example, create:

  • a description of a process or an event
  • an imaginative narrative linked to a concern or an issue
  • a signed presentation (and deliver it)
  • a play script, or create and perform a monologue exploring the emotions or thoughts of an individual
  • a workplace text (e.g. an accident report or a recommendation to change a process)
  • a description of a place, an emotion, or an online space
  • a speech to be given at a workplace, a sports event, a social gathering, or a formal event
  • a poem or song that explores an issue, an emotion, or a memory
  • a digital text such as a series of web pages based on a subject that is linked to a particular context
  • a personal letter to explain and justify a point of view
  • a newspaper or magazine article that describes a social, political, or sporting event
  • a series of web pages explaining the steps involved in a workplace or sporting process
  • an interactive digital children’s story
  • a multimedia display to educate a target group about a community issue.

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

  • communication
  • application.