Unit 3 and Unit 4 Exams
12 March 2024, 4-5pm – Online
This session will present the new English as an Additional Language (EAL) sample exam, exam specifications and the expected qualities that will be used to assess student responses in the 2024 exam. The presenter will explore the connections between the Study Design and the examination, and consider the ways in which the sample exam could be used to inform teaching. There will be the opportunity to reflect on the many ways teachers might work with their cohort to build students’ capacity and confidence to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Part of this will be informed by a clarification of the difference between the role of assessment in Units 1 and 2, the role of the SACs in Units 3 and 4, and the role of the final examination. Above all, this presentation is designed to reassure teachers that the new Study Design offers them the flexibility to design programs to meet their cohort’s needs and respects their capacity to develop dynamic and exciting courses for their students.
Kellie Heintz is currently employed as the EAL Curriculum Manager at the VCAA. Prior to this, she was a lecturer in language and literacy education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, where she trained pre-service secondary English teachers. She also worked at VATE, was an educational adviser with the Teach for Australia program, and taught VCE English and EAL in the Catholic sector for 20 years.