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English and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

The reaccredited English and English as an Additional Language study design has a staged implementation, with Units 1 and 2 being implemented in 2023 and Units 3 and 4 being implemented in 2024.

For 2023 please ensure you use the correct study design as listed below.

Units 1 and 2

Accreditation period for Units 1 and 2: 2023-2027

Study Design for Units 1 and 2 in 2023

The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 expires 31 December 2027.

The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 commences 1 January 2024 and expires 31 December 2027. Please use the English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023 study design in 2023.

Study Design – Units 1 and 2 only in 2023

This study design is to be used for Units 1 and 2 only in 2023.

VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design 

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for English and English as an Additional Language Units 1 and 2: 2023-2027; Units 3 and 4 2024-2027

Support materials

These support materials are for Units 1 and 2 only in 2023

Planning

Developing a curriculum and assessment program

Implementation of VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design (Units 1 and 2: 2023-2027, Units 3 and 4: 2024-2027)
Online video presentations which provide teachers with an overview of the VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design and other relevant VCAA documents that can be used to plan their teaching and learning programs.

Teaching and learning

Assessment

Units 3 and 4

Accreditation period for Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023

Study Design for Units 3 and 4 in 2023

The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 expired on 31 December 2022. Please use the English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Units 1 and 2: 2023-2027 study design in 2023.

The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended to 31 December 2023.

Study Design – Units 3 and 4 only in 2023

This study design is to be used for Units 3 and 4 only in 2023.

VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design 

Details on areas of study, outcomes and assessment for English and English as an Additional Language Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022 and Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023.

2023 English/EAL text list
The approved English/EAL text list for study in 2023.

VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (June 2020)

Support materials

These support materials are for Units 3 and 4 only in 2023.

School-based assessment

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

Support materials

Advice for teachers
Learning activities and assessment advice for teachers, including performance descriptions.

Glossary of command terms
This glossary provides a list of terms commonly used across the Victorian Curriculum F–10, VCE study designs and VCE examinations and to help students better understand the requirements of command terms in the context of their discipline.

Frequently asked questions
A set of frequently asked questions for the revised VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Study Design (accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023).

Conversations about the revised study design (May 2016)
Set of filmed conversations between experienced VCE English and EAL teachers about aspects of the revised study design.

Implementation briefing materials (May 2016)
Presentations, participant workbooks and video recordings from 2016 Implementation briefings.

Unit 3 Sample course plan
This sample course plan for Unit 3 has been designed to support teachers of combined English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) classes.

Study design for Unit 3 and 4 implementation in 2024

2024 Implementation

For accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2023-2027, 3 and 4 2024-2027

Eligibility criteria for students seeking English as Additional Language (EAL) Status

Students who are unfamiliar with the English language because they are from non-English-speaking backgrounds or who are deaf or hard of hearing may have access to English as an Additional Language (EAL) status. For eligibility criteria please refer to the VCE and VCAL Administrative HandbookAdministrative information: Student enrolment, Students seeking EAL status.

To apply for EAL status, each student is required to submit an Application for Enrolment in English as an Additional Language Units 3 and 4 form to the school, please see the enrolment application form.

Contact

Contact the Curriculum Manager - English and English as an Additonal Language.