VCE English as an Additional Language

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Note that the term “EAL” (English as an Additional Language) has replaced the term “ESL” (or English as a Second Language) in Australian Curriculum documentation.

Rationale

This study aims to develop competence in the understanding and use of English for a variety of purposes sufficient to meet the demands of post school employment, further education and participation in a democratic society.

It emphasises the integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking. It values student diversity and particularly encourages learning in which students take responsibility for their language development and thus grow in confidence and in language skill and critical understanding.

Structure

The study is made up of 4 units.

Across the Unit 1 and 2 sequence, English as an Additional Language students must read and study at least 3 set texts chosen by the school.

Unit 1

In this unit, students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts intended to position audiences.

Unit 2

In this unit students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts, They analyse arguments presented and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts intended to position audiences. Students develop their skills in creating written, spoken and multimodal texts.

 

Across the Unit 3 & 4 sequence, English as a Second Language Students must read and study at least 3 set texts selected from a set text list published by VCAA.

Unit 3

In this unit students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts.

Unit 4

In this unit students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts. They create an oral presentation intended to position audiences about an issue currently debated in the media.

Assessment

Students must satisfactorily demonstrate achievement of all of the outcomes specified for the unit.

Unit 1

On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:

  • Outcome 1: produce analytical and creative responses to texts.
  • Outcome 2: analyse how argument and persuasive language can be used to position audiences, and create their own texts intended to position audiences

Unit 2

On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:

  • Outcome 1: compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in two texts.
  • Outcome 2: create and present texts taking account of audience, purpose and context.

Unit 3

On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:

  • Outcome 1: produce an analytical interpretation of a selected text, and a creative response to a different selected text.
  • Outcome 2: analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that presents a point of view on an issue currently debated in the media.
  • Outcome 3: comprehend a spoken text.

Unit 4

On completion of this unit, the student should be able to:

  • Outcome 1: produce a detailed comparison which analyses how two selected texts presents ideas, issues and themes.
  • Outcome 2: construct a sustained and reasoned point of view on an issue currently debated in the media.

Levels of Achievement

Units 1 and 2

Satisfactory completion of the outcomes and levels of achievement are determined by the school.

Units 3 and 4

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)
  • End of year examination (50%)