Notice to Schools 34/2017 − 29 March 2017

VCE English as an Additional Language – information for students with a hearing impairment

Principals/Directors, VCE Coordinators, Teachers of VCE English as an Additional Language

Main Points

Enrolment in VCE English as an Additional Language (EAL) Units 3‒4 is available only to students with approved EAL status. Some students are eligible for EAL on the grounds of hearing impairment. Eligibility criteria are provided in the VCE and VCAL Administrative Handbook.

Listening to texts

As outlined in Notice to Schools 29/2016 , the revised VCE EAL Study Design includes a Listening to texts Area of study.


Special Examination Arrangements will be available on application to ensure that the most appropriate, fair and reasonable arrangements can be accessed by students with a hearing impairment.

Applications will be managed through the existing Special Examination Arrangements process using the current eligibility criteria*.

Special Examination Arrangements may take the form of one or more of the following:

  • extra working time
  • use of a clarifier
  • Microlink assistive technology
  • access to audio-video stimulus with captions

*The VCAA requires evidence of moderate, severe or profound hearing loss to be eligible for Special Examination Arrangements

School-based Assessment

In Unit 3, EAL students complete a School-based Assessment of the Listening to texts outcome. Schools may approve special provisions for this assessment to accommodate the needs of students with a hearing impairment. Arrangements for School-based Assessment may reflect those listed above for the examination of the Listening to texts Area of study.

Schools are encouraged to contact VCAA Special Provision if unsure about the appropriateness of any proposed provisions.

Action Required

Principals/Directors should:

  • ensure all VCE EAL teachers are made aware of the arrangements available to any EAL student with a hearing impairment.

Critical Dates


Additional Information

Any queries in relation to the examination specifications for the VCE EAL examination in 2017 should be directed to VCE Examinations on (03) 9032 1789 or

Any queries in relation to Special Examination Arrangements should be directed to VCAA Special Provision: (03) 9225 2219, 1800 205 455 or