VCE English & EAL Study Design Changes


Summary of 2017-2020 VCE English & EAL Study Design Changes

Changes to the English study design for VCE and EAL are being implemented, and it is important to understand what these changes mean. 

A quick summary:

  • Text Comparison has replaced Context
  • There are significant changes with SAC weighting and oral is worth quite a bit more
  • Now EAL has more modified tasks, an altered SAC weighting, more listening tasks and changed exam content

Let's take a quick look of what the Unit 3/4 Course Outline looks like.


Unit 3:





Unit 4:



Students will be assessed the outcome through key knowledge and key skills.



Key Change: Reading & Comparing Texts

EAL (English as Additional Language)

Key Change: Listening to Texts



Students will study the significant connections between two texts. They will examine texts and cover the areas of:

  • Character and setting interaction
  • The structure of communication, how language is used and how ideas are expressed.


Students need to develop and demonstrate the accuracy of their listening skills. They need to listen to a number of spoken texts and show their understanding of the contained information, including concepts and opinions that are a part of the text.

The spoken texts used in this module will be selected from a wide array of situations such as:

  • Conversations;
  • Speeches;
  • Interviews;
  • Lectures;
  • Radio.



Help students get a better understanding of the ideas, themes and issues that they will encounter in the world.


  • How the speaker connects with the audience;
  • What is the purpose of a text;
  • What are the views of the speakers and how they are reflected in both the structure and the language of the text.


Key knowledge

  • Sound comprehension of the issues, ideas and themes included in the texts;
  • An understanding of how the author communicates the issues, ideas and themes;
  • The key features of studied texts;
  • How different texts present alternative perspectives and that through comparison a greater understanding is reached;
  • An ability to understand and discuss the texts;


  • A clear grasp of ideas included in all of the spoken texts;
  • An understanding of how language, delivery and structure can be affected by the context of the spoken text;
  • Comprehension of how all aspects of spoken text – stress, intonation, timing, pitch, gesture, volume and eye contact influence meaning;
  • An understanding of the Standard Australian English conventions including spelling, syntax and punctuation.


Key skills

  • Recognise significant links and areas that are ideal for comparison;
  • The ability to analyse and then explain the similarities and differences of author’s choices;
  • The ability to engage in discussion regarding identified areas of comparison and support views with textual evidence;
  • Advance clear ideas acquired through comparison both verbally and in writing;


  • Being able to understand and communicate both the literal and inferred meaning of spoken texts;
  • Using appropriate contextual information to demonstrate understanding of spoken texts;
  • Recognising and describing the relationship that exists between the speaker and audience, the reasoning behind the text, and how the views of the speaker affect the presentation, language and structure;
  • Showing an understanding of the spoken text by referring to the text, and using written and visual material.




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