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NSW Syllabuses

Course structure and requirements

Year 11 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 11
(120 hours)

English EAL/D Indicative hours
Module A: Language and Texts in Context 30-40
Module B: Close Study of Text 30-40
Module C: Texts and Society 30-40
Optional teacher-developed module up to 30
Hours Year 11 course modules are prescribed with flexible hours, providing scope for teachers to design a fourth module to cater to the particular needs, interests and abilities of their students if required.
Text requirements

There are no prescribed texts for Year 11.

Students are required to study one substantial literary text, for example film, prose fiction, drama or a poetry text, which may constitute a selection of poems from the work of one poet.

Students must study a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts.

The Year 11 course requires students to support their study of texts with their own wide reading.

For the English EAL/D Year 11 course students are required to:

  • complete 120 indicative hours
  • complete Modules A, B and C
  • engage in regular wide reading connected to, and described in, each of the modules
  • engage in speaking and listening components in each module *.

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts must give students experience of the following:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
  • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate.

* The modes of speaking and listening are integral to the development of students’ language skills for students who are developing in their acquisition of the English language. For some students with disability, teachers will need to consider relevant and appropriate adjustments to speaking, listening and communication experiences within the context of the English EAL/D Stage 6 Syllabus.

Year 12 Course Structure and Requirements

Year 12
(120 hours)

English EAL/D Indicative hours
Module A: Texts and Human Experiences 30
Module B: Language, Identity and Culture 30
Module C: Close Study of Text 30
Focus on Writing (studied concurrently with the above modules) 30
Text requirements Students are required to closely study three types of prescribed texts, one drawn from each of the following categories:
  • prose fiction
  • poetry OR drama
  • film OR media OR nonfiction.

The selections of texts for the Focus on Writing module do not contribute to the required pattern of prescribed texts for the course.

Students must study ONE related text in Module A: Texts and Human Experiences.

For the English EAL/D Year 12 course students are required to:

  • complete the Year 11 course as a prerequisite 
  • complete 120 indicative hours
  • complete Module A first
  • complete Modules B and C over the course of the year
  • complete the Focus on Writing module concurrently with Modules A, B and C throughout the year
  • engage in speaking and listening components in each module*.

Across Stage 6 the selection of texts must give students experience of the following:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
  • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate. 

*The modes of speaking and listening are integral to the development of students' language skills for students who are developing in their acquisition of the English language. For some students with disability, teachers will need to consider relevant and appropriate adjustments to speaking, listening and communication experiences within the context of the English EAL/D Stage 6 Syllabus.

Course Entry Requirements

The English EAL/D course may be studied by any student who has been educated overseas or in an Australian educational institution with English as the language of instruction for five years or less prior to commencing the Preliminary course. This includes:

  • students whose learning has been interrupted by periods away from education in which English was the language of instruction
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from Indigenous communities where Standard Australian English is not the common language of the local community.

An ESL Eligibility Declaration form must be completed for any student seeking entry to the course.

For a student who has had a substantially interrupted education, or little or no formal education in which English was the language of instruction, approval may be sought for up to 12 months to be added to the course entry requirements period. The principal is required to send a submission, including the completed declaration form, to NESA providing evidence of the student’s individual circumstances.

Full details are available on the NESA Assessment, Certification and Examination (ACE) website.