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The study of English and English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) is central to the learning and development of all young people living in Australia. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. In this light it is clear that the Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.

Although Australia is a linguistically and culturally diverse country, participation in many aspects of Australian life depends on effective communication in Standard Australian English. In addition, proficiency in English is invaluable globally. The Australian Curriculum: English contributes both to nation-building and to internationalisation.

English also helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have contributed to Australian society and to its contemporary literature and its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience. The Australian Curriculum: English values, respects and explores this contribution. It also emphasises Australia’s links to Asia.

At the SACE level students can choose English subjects or English as an Additional Language (EAL) subjects. To be eligible to enrol in an EAL subject, he or she must be a student for whom English is an additional language or a dialect (EALD), and who has had a total of:
either
  • no more than 5 years of full-time schooling where the medium of instruction was English
or
  • more than 5 years of full-time schooling where the medium of instruction was English, and whose knowledge of English is restricted or the student is resident and studying in an overseas country.

For further information please read the SACE Eligibility for Enrolment Guidelines - English as an Additional Language Subjects.

To meet SACE requirements students must successfully complete, to at least C level, two units (20 Credits) of English or EAL or a combination of these.

Subjects studied here include

Year 8
Year 9
Year 10



Year 11/Stage 1

Year 12/Stage 2
To meet SACE requirements students must successfully complete, to at least C level, two units (20 Credits) of English or EAL or a combination of these.