Stage 2 Essential English


ASSUMED BACKGROUND: Stage 1 English or Stage 1 Essential English (2 semesters)

CURRICULUM CHARGES: Nil (Possible Excursion charge of approximately $20)


In Stage 2 Essential English students respond to and create texts in and for a range of personal, social, cultural, community, and/or workplace contexts. Students will understand and interpret information, ideas, and perspectives in texts and consider ways in which language choices are used to create meaning. Students will respond to a range of texts that instruct, engage, challenge, inform, and connect readers. They consider information, ideas, and perspectives represented in the chosen texts. Students will create procedural, imaginative, analytical, interpretive, or persuasive texts appropriate to a context.

Students complete a range of tasks from the following categories:

Responding to texts:
Students will explore a range of shared texts which have a connection with people and experiences in a range of vocational, social or cultural situations, and respond to them in writing, orally or in the multimodal form.

Creating texts:
Students will study the construction of a range of written and oral texts. There will be an emphasis on planning, drafting and self-editing of student developed texts.
Language study: Students will undertake an independent study that has a focus on the use of language by a group of people in a chosen situation or context.



Students will demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

School-based Assessment:
• Responding to Texts 30%
• Creating Texts 40%

External Assessment:
• Language Study 30%