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English and English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Accreditation period Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023

The accreditation period for Units 1 and 2 has been extended to 31 December 2022.
The accreditation period for Units 3 and 4 has been extended to 31 December 2023.

Study Design

VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design (pdf - 253.89kb)

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.

2022 English/EAL text list (docx - 112.33kb)
The approved English/EAL text list for study in 2022.

2023 English/EAL text list (docx - 114.35kb)
The approved English/EAL text list for study in 2023.

VCAA principles and procedures for prescribed VCE lists (docx - 90.59kb) (June 2020)

English requirement for satisfactory completion of the VCE

School-based assessment

View VCE English School-based Assessment report.

View VCE English as an Additional Language School-based Assessment report.

Examination specifications, past examinations and reports

View VCE English examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

View VCE English as an Additional Language examination specifications, past examinations and reports.

Support material

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.

Study summary
A summary of the VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design for Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023.

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.

2020 and 2021 English/EAL text list

2019 English/EAL text list

2018 English/EAL text list

2017 English/EAL text list

2016 English/EAL text list

2015 English/EAL text list

Study design for implementation in 2023

Teachers are advised that the study design listed below is for use from 2023 for Units 1 and 2. This is available to teachers in preparation for the implementation of the new study in 2023. Additional resources will be added progressively as they become available.

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

In 2022, schools must ensure they use the VCE English and English as an Additional Language Study Design Units 1 and 2: 2016-2022; Units 3 and 4: 2017-2023.


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.

Curriculum Manager

Annelise Balsamo
Curriculum Manager - English
tel: + 61 3 9059 5141
email: Annelise.Balsamo@education.vic.gov.au

Kellie Heintz
Curriculum Manager - English as an Additional Language
tel: + 61 3 9059 5132
email:

Curriculum Managers lead, manage and support the production, review and development of senior secondary curriculum and assessment materials. They also provide policy advice and implementation support for Foundation to Year 12 curriculum and assessment.