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Stage 6 English EALD

Stage 6 English EAL/D

English EAL/D addresses the needs of a specific group of students and shares the overall aim and rationale of English. When presented at the HSC, the English EAL/D course will satisfy NESA requirements for the study of English.

The English EAL/D course is designed for students to become proficient in English to enhance their personal, educational, social and vocational lives. The course provides students with the opportunity to analyse, study and enjoy a breadth and variety of English texts to become confident and effective communicators. The course offers rich language experiences that are reflected through the integrated modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.

Students engage with texts that include widely acknowledged quality literature from the past and contemporary texts from Australia and other cultures. They explore language forms, features and structures of texts in a range of academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace contexts. They can become imaginative, critical and confident users of a range of digital technologies and understand and reflect on the ongoing impact of these technologies on society.

The English EAL/D course focuses on the close study of language and meaning and English language learning. Students are provided with opportunities to develop and refine skills in spoken and written English. The English EAL/D course assists students to develop the collaborative and critical thinking skills needed to navigate their way through the 21st-century world. Explicit and targeted English language instruction throughout the English EAL/D course is delivered in context and at students’ point of need in order to assist them in achieving Years 11 and 12 outcomes across the curriculum.

EAL/D learners come from diverse backgrounds and bring a variety of linguistic and cultural experiences to the classroom. The English EAL/D course is designed to embrace and incorporate students’ backgrounds and experiences within flexible teaching and learning programs that address this diversity, while also providing opportunities to enhance students’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Australian society, culture, history and literature, including the nation’s rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.

The English EAL/D course assists students to participate more effectively in Australian education and society by providing them with the opportunity to learn Standard Australian English in varied, relevant, authentic and challenging contexts. This development of creative and critical English language skills, knowledge and understanding, and their engagement with literature and other textual forms, will contribute to an increased understanding of the diversity and values of Australian and other cultures.

Stage 6 English EAL/D Syllabus (PDF, 1.6mbs)