Level 2 Foundation English (L2ENL)


Students in Level 2 ENL at Mount Aspiring College are offered a range of literature studied in a theme-based English course. The course is focused towards University Entrance reading and writing credits, whilst also providing the minimum of 14 credits needed to pass Level 2 English. Because the class size is often slightly smaller than mainstream classes, students experience a pace of teaching and learning that is suited to their literacy needs.

All New Zealand University Entrance reading and writing literacy requirements will be met within the scope of this course. The English curriculum areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting are all thoroughly covered – the distinction is that these competencies and processes will be learned in the context of the deeper thematic analysis of the literature, the close examination of written and visual texts with a focus on the detailed study of language, as well as robust examination of a contemporary written text OR film at the end of the year (one examination section). Students are also encouraged to develop their oratory skills through critical class discussion, and a persuasive speech presentation.

What will I learn?

This course at Level 2 is designed for all English students, with a focus on teaching literacy. Within this option there will be a theme-based approach that connects the literature, discussion, and tasks to promote a sound understanding of the content studied. You will be required to extend your range and depth of understanding through a course that draws upon the strong tradition of English Literature teaching in New Zealand schools. The reading of autobiographical texts, personally chosen fiction, New Zealand short texts and films enables you to grasp the role of the writer, and how their personal approach to their craft influences the work they create.

What should I have done already?

Entry to Level 2ENL will be limited to students who achieve a minimum of ten Level 1 credits in English, including credits in reading and writing. Year 12 students who do not meet these basic criteria will be required to conference with the Head of Learning Area.

Assessment outline

Level 2ENL English

Assessment regulations

This subject is assessed using a range of Level 2 achievement standards, including the English standards necessary for the gaining of New Zealand University Entrance literacy requirements (5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing).

The following is an indication of the proposed assessment credit values in this course:

Level 2ENL Achievement Standards: 21 credits (maximum)

  • 80% assessed internally

  • 20% assessed externally

Teachers will confirm course credit values based on the learners in their classes.

The standards offered are compulsory for the course that the student chooses. This applies also to speaking standards; a skill-set that the Department values. Every student in L2ENL is expected to complete a speaking assessment in front of their peers.


This is a matter that the Department approaches with a huge deal of seriousness. We deem it unacceptable to present a piece of work that has someone else's voice in it and claim it is your own. In all plagiarism matters the HOD is notified, so too is the College's NCEA coordinator, and the student loses the opportunity to gain a grade for the submitted piece and jeopardises the chance to get a resubmission. With plagiarism undeniably being a breach of ethics, we treat matters with the utmost gravity as this is in the students' best interests as worldwide citizens.

Where does this course lead?

Students who pass 80% of L2ENL are welcome to enter L3 English - however, as the requirements of this higher level course are significant, students will be conferenced about a 'best fit' for this subject in Level 3.

Indicative cost

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