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English as an Additional Language or Dialect

Stage 6 EAL/D

Stage 6 EAL/D (English as an Additional Language or Dialect, previously called ESL) is available to students in regional and rural government secondary schools.

Course overview

  • After confirming their email address, students are given access with a username and password to the EAL/D Moodle courses in the NSW School of Languages e-learning site.
  • The course has been purpose written for Stage 6 EAL/D and is an ATAR course. It includes interesting and interactive materials with a variety of exercises, while offering ample exam preparation and practice.
  • Students share a Google Doc with their teacher to enable simultaneous feedback and development of student written work during class time.
  • Students also complete exercises online, which are then uploaded, marked by their teacher, and returned online for quick feedback.
  • Students are taught via face to face video conference, Google Hangouts or Adobe Connect lessons, according to what is available at the home school. Telephone lessons are also sometimes used for extra support.
  • Students receive 2 lessons per week (45-50 minutes each) either individually or in groups of two.
  • Students are required to work independently in their non-contact periods for EAL/D at school.
  • Regular completion of homework tasks is part of the course progression, as with other subjects.

Preliminary EAL/D course content

Term 1

Module A: Language and Texts in Context – a selection of short texts covering a range of text types and topics.

Term 2

Module B: Close Study of a Text – film “Rabbit Proof Fence”, directed by Philip Noyce.

Term 3

Module C: Texts and Society – Students create and examine a variety of written and visual texts, which are relevant and practical in daily life.

Terms 1, 2 and 3

Focus on Writing – Studied concurrently throughout the year. Students create a range of texts, related to whichever module they are studying, for different purposes, audiences and context. These may include creative, persuasive, informative and discursive texts.

Listening – Students work through a purpose written booklet of exercises and explanations of listening techniques and analysis, accompanied by practice listening tasks.

HSC EAL/D course content

Term 4

Module A: Texts and Human Experiences – Selected poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal.

Term 1

Module B: Language, Identity and Culture – media film – ‘Reindeer in my Saami Heart’ by Janet Merewether.

Term 2

Module C: Close Study of a Text - prose fiction – novel ‘The Namesake’ by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Term 3

Revision program covering all modules, including Listening and Focus on Writing.

Terms 4,1,2,3

Focus on Writing- Studied concurrently throughout the year. Students create a range of texts, related to whichever module they are studying, for different purposes, audiences and context. These include creative, persuasive, informative and discursive texts.

Listening – Students work through a purpose written booklet of exercises and explanations of listening techniques and analysis, accompanied by practice listening tasks.

Course materials & texts

Course materials are provided by NSW School of Languages.

Year 11 texts

  • Home schools are asked to provide their student(s) with access to the film ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’, either through their school library, English Department, Clickview or to purchase.

Year 12 texts

  • The Equity Resources Centre provides copies of the novel ‘The Namesake’.
  • Home schools are asked to purchase a copy of the DVD of ‘The Namesake’ (available on ebay).
  • Students are emailed a link to the film ‘Reindeer in my Saami Heart’, however home schools are also requested to purchase a copy of the DVD as back-up ($33+$5 postage).

Requirements

Below is a brief list of requirements for the principal to consider before he/she enrols a student in the Stage 6 English (EAL/D) course.

  • The student has been educated in English for 5 years or less prior to Year 11 or the student is a refugee and/or has had interrupted schooling.
  • The home school can provide a supervising teacher, who is familiar with the English syllabus to support the student.
  • The home school can provide video conferencing facilities, Google Hangouts or Adobe Connect via PC, photocopy course booklets in colour for the student and provide the student with a laptop or desktop computer, and a quiet space to particpate in lessons twice a week.
  • The student is capable of independent study.
  • The student has completed the New Arrivals Program or has received instruction in English for at least one year with support from an EAL/D teacher.
 

Syllabus (from NESA)

The course follows the NESA Stage 6 English (EAL/D) syllabus.