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ESL is for students for whom English is not their first language.  It is offered as an alternative to English.  The subject develops communication skills in spoken and written English for a variety of purposes and audiences and thus enables students to participate more fully in the school and wider communities where Standard Australian English is used. 

English as a Second Language supports students in their language development and enhances their literacy skills in their other subjects. It provides opportunities for developing skills in listening, viewing, speaking, reading, writing and using technology. 

ESL specifically addresses the linguistic, cultural, and social needs of students from non-English speaking backgrounds and provides them with the skills to use the range of texts required of them for successful participation in school and society.  


Develops the student’s communicative competence in spoken and written English for a variety of purposes, including career goals and post-secondary study.

  • Increases the student’s ability to use English across the curriculum and in the community.
  • Develops the student’s ability to access information (facts, ideas, opinions) in English.
  • Develops the student’s use of English for personal and creative expression.


The course is organised around themes that are relevant to students’ needs and interests.

In studying the themes, students are encouraged to use a wide range of materials and resources, such as books, newspapers, magazines, journals, films, broadcasts, recordings, exhibitions, excursions, public meetings, and private interviews.

Grammar is explicitly addressed in the context of the various texts used.


Eligibility criteria apply to senior school ESL courses  

Stage 1 and 2 ESL courses are designed to enable students to use English for learning across curriculum areas, for academic study and for vocational and leisure purposes.


ESL is offered as an alternative to English in Stage 1 and Stage 2. 

Stage 2 ESL can contribute to an ATAR.

In Stage 1 it is possible for students to do a unit of English and a unit of ESL, or the reverse, to satisfy the 2-unit requirement for the literacy component of SACE.

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