English as a Second Language (A/T)

ESL

Course information

English as Second Language (ESL) focuses on language learning and the explicit teaching of the structure, linguistic features and sociocultural aspects of English. Students will develop skills that enable them to use different registers of spoken and written English so they can communicate effectively.

As English or ESL are compulsory for entry to many University or CIT courses and selected occupations, students are strongly encouraged to continue their ESL study for more than three semesters in order to be awarded a major. Students who wish to gain an ATAR should select the Tertiary Course.

Regular features of ESL courses include study of formal and informal language, comprehension, writing, oral presentations and research through individual and collaborative learning.  Analytical and creative components are an integral part of ESL.

Post-school pathways

Do you enjoy or are you good at Languages? (pdf, 110kb)

Do you enjoy or are you good at English? (pdf, 110kb)

Workload expectation

An ESL course requires commitment and a positive work ethic to complete the required tasks in class and an effective study regime to consolidate learning. Take home assignments and a program of study before tests and examinations are also require to be completed.

Eligibility

  • Students enrolled in ESL/EALD class in Year 10
  • Students whose status is International Private Students (IPS)

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major.

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Language and Culture

2

Unit 2: Perspectives in Texts

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Unit 1: Language and Culture

2

Unit 2: Perspectives in Texts

3

Unit 3: Communication

4

Unit 4: Issues and Attitudes

Unit descriptions

Unit 1: Language and Culture

Unit 1 focuses on investigating how language and culture are interrelated and expressed in a range of contexts.

Unit 2: Perspectives in Texts

Unit 2 focuses on analysing and evaluating perspectives and attitudes presented in texts and creating extended texts for a range of contexts.

Unit 3: Communication

Unit 3 focuses on analysing how language choices are used to achieve different purposes and effects in a range of contexts.

Unit 4: Issues and Attitudes

Unit 4 focuses on analysing, evaluating and using language to represent and respond to issues, ideas and attitudes in a range of contexts.