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Entry requirements for the Stage 6 English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) course

ACE 8007

Last Updated: 14 October 2020

The English EAL/D course may be studied by any student who has been educated overseas or in an Australian educational institution with English as the language of instruction for five years or less prior to commencing the Year 11 course. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from remote Indigenous communities where Standard Australian English is not the language of instruction.

The onus is on students to provide evidence of their previous schooling.

In order to apply the above criterion, the principal must determine the main language of instruction at previous schools attended by the student.

An English EAL/D Eligibility Declaration must be completed (by the school and the student) for any student seeking entry to the course. This form is kept by the principal.

For a student who has had a substantially interrupted education, approval may be sought to extend the period of instruction in English to six years. The principal is required to send a submission, including the completed declaration form to NESA, providing evidence of the student’s individual circumstances.