Quality assessment and feedback in Year 11 English EAL/D

Understand how to use NESA documents to plan for and implement teaching strategies, including formative assessment and feedback to lift student performance in Year 11 English EAL/D.

Audience: Year 11 teachers.

Duration: 9:00 (over 5 sessions).

A five-session collection of professional learning delivered by members of the English Curriculum team online using Microsoft Teams, with registration available through MyPL.

This professional learning aligns with the Great Teaching, Inspired Learning blueprint for action by developing teacher capacity to design quality assessment tasks and provide quality feedback.

This live and online professional learning event is delivered via the English statewide staffroom (staff only), in the Professional learning channel (staff only). Participants must be a member of the Teams space to participate in the event.

This session has been designed to support teacher understanding of how to evaluate current feedback practices.


Places are limited, to secure a position in Quality Assessment and Feedback in Year 11 English EAL/D, please register using the course registration on MyPL, and complete the registration survey.


  • Module 1 (1 hour) – Collaborating in MS Teams - mandatory pre-requisite
  • Module 2 (2 hours) – Understanding and Applying Standards Descriptors
  • Module 3 (2 hours) – Designing Quality Assessment
  • Module 4 (2 hours) – Designing and Applying Quality Marking Criteria
  • Module 5 (2 hours) – Annotating Student Work Samples


Participants will:

  • engage in structured discussion and collaborative reflection demonstrating contextual application of learning
  • discuss the typical characteristics of an A, B, C, D and E grade student work sample and create a Language Toolkit outlining these characteristics
  • consider the associated markers/characteristics of students’ work in relation to each grade and the relevant stage of learning
  • engage in structured discussion and collaborative reflection demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the Common Grade Scale, the ESL Scales, Stage 5 English Performance Descriptions, Preliminary common grade scale, HSC Performance Band Descriptions
  • examine sample assessment tasks and collegially reflect on the quality of the task in line with the provided quality assessment rubric
  • understand the interconnections between the EAL/D Scales and EAL/D Learning Progressions
  • understand how the ESL scales can support programming and assessment
  • identify connections between assessment marking criteria, ESL scales and outcomes.
  • evaluate the task and reflect on its strengths and weaknesses providing advice for how it could be strengthened to become a more effective diagnostic tool that can be used to better assess student learning and in turn support teachers to make consistent and comparable judgements, and in turn influence future teaching and learning programs
  • examine a pre-annotated student assessment work sample and discuss the impact of the feedback provided and discuss how it aligns with the associated marking criteria and what grade descriptions are reflective in the student sample
  • evaluate this sample and feedback against the Language toolkit and evaluate if this aligns with the mark, feedback and sample
  • collegially reflect and discus activities they could implement within a teaching and learning programs/activities prior to assessment that ensures this feedback is also connected to student learning goals
  • apply learning and annotate a work sample contributing diagnostic feedback consistent with the grade descriptions within the marking criteria
  • engage in self and peer assessment of the school’s student work sample using the self and peer assessment rubric to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the feedback and evaluate any changes made to feedback practices in future.


This accredited professional learning is connected to the domains:

  • Professional knowledge – Standard 2 Know the content and how to teach it
    • 2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
    • 2.3.2 Design and implement learning and teaching programs using knowledge of curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements.
  • Professional practice – Standard 3 Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
    • 3.2.2 Plan and implement well-structured learning and teaching programs or lesson sequences that engage students and promote learning.


English Stage 6 syllabuses © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2021.


  • EALD
  • Stage 6

Business Unit:

  • Educational Standards
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