English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Why should I study EAL?

Having good English language skills is important, as English is the language of work and study in Australia. SACE EAL subjects enable you to develop your ability to understand, speak, read and write English, while you are studying for your SACE. Studying EAL will help you in your current and future studies, and if you decide to enter the workforce, the English language skills you learn will be very valuable.

Where does EAL lead?

Stage 1 EAL: Once you are ready to start Stage 1 of your SACE, you can study Stage 1 EAL for two semesters. This will further develop your English language skills and prepare you for Stage 2 studies. You will complete the compulsory literacy requirement of the SACE.

Stage 2 EAL: At Stage 2, we offer you a choice of two Stage 2 subjects. One is called Stage 2 Essential EAL and this does not have an end of year exam. The other is called Stage 2 EAL and it does have an end of year exam.

Both of these courses will develop your English language skills and prepare you for tertiary study, and they both contribute to your ATAR.

What work will I do in EAL?

In all EAL subjects, you will study English as a language and use your language skills to produce both written and oral texts. These include oral presentations, short video clips, creative texts (such as letters, news articles and speeches), as well as academic texts (such as persuasive essays, interactive orals and information reports that require research). In addition, you will analyse how language is used to influence and persuade an audience.

Stage 2 subjects have an externally assessed task. In Stage 2 Essential EAL, this is a Language Study done during the year which analyses the use of language in a specific type of text. In Stage 2 EAL, it is an external exam done at the end of the year.

What do other students think about EAL?

You develop confidence and proficiency in the use of English Language.


It’s good for improving your language and gives you confidence for the future. The assignments you do will help you when you go to university or go into the workplace.


To study English as a second language is difficult, but it is good to learn it because language develops our knowledge. Learning the language used in our community assists us to communicate easily and to fix our problems as we need to. My teacher makes us feel confident and I enjoy our lessons.


Where can I find more information about EAL?

For more detail about content and assessment, view the course information: