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NSW Syllabuses

English EAL/D Performance Band Descriptions

The typical performance in this band:

Band 6

  • demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and insightful understanding of the ways meanings are shaped and conveyed by context, audience, purpose, cultural values and medium of production in a variety of texts and contexts
  • displays a highly developed ability to engage with the details of texts and to analyse and evaluate language forms, features and structures of academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace texts
  • presents highly developed interpretive, critical, reflective and imaginative responses that incorporate refined understanding of ideas, attitudes and culturally-based values in texts
  • demonstrates ability to sustain clear, fluent communication of ideas, information and values, using language forms and features appropriate to audience, purpose and context

Band 5

  • demonstrates thorough knowledge and perceptive understanding of the ways meanings are shaped and conveyed by context, audience, purpose, cultural values and medium of production in a variety of texts and contexts
  • displays a well-developed ability to engage with the details of texts and explain and analyse language forms, features and structures of academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace texts
  • presents a well-developed interpretive, critical and imaginative responses, that incorporate considered understanding of ideas, attitudes and culturally-based values in texts
  • demonstrates ability to sustain clear communication of ideas, information and values, using language forms and features appropriate to audience, purpose and context

Band 4

  • demonstrates clear knowledge and understanding of the ways meanings are shaped and conveyed by context, audience, purpose, cultural values and medium of production in different texts and contexts
  • displays a sound ability to engage with the details of texts and describe and explain language forms, features and structures of academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace texts
  • presents developed interpretive and imaginative responses, showing broad understanding of ideas, attitudes and culturally-based values in texts
  • demonstrates ability to communicate ideas and information clearly, using language forms and features appropriate to audience, purpose and context 

Band 3

  • demonstrates generalised knowledge and understanding of the ways meanings are shaped and conveyed by context, audience, purpose, cultural values and medium of production in specific texts and contexts
  • displays developing ability to identify and describe language forms, features and structures of some academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace texts
  • presents responses showing evidence of literal interpretation of texts and a basic understanding of the main ideas in texts
  • demonstrates ability to communicate basic ideas and information in personal, social, cultural and workplace texts

Band 2

  • demonstrates elementary knowledge and understanding of the ways meanings are shaped and conveyed by context, audience and purpose in some texts
  • displays ability to identify and comment on some language forms, features and structures of academic, personal, social, historical, cultural and workplace texts
  • presents a simple undeveloped response showing awareness of the main ideas in texts
  • exhibits ability to compose simple texts characteristic of everyday communication

Band 1