English

The focus of this subject is on developing student responses to increasingly complex texts.  Through the analysis and comparison of books, films and media texts, students explore themes, and issues, and develop their understanding and comparison of how language and textual features are used by authors.

Which English Units Should I Choose?

  • English Units 1 & 2 and / or Literature Units 1 & 2.
  • English as an Additional Language Units 1 & 2 can only be selected by students who qualify for this subject.

be taken as a sequence. English remains a compulsory study and all students who wish to complete their VCE must pass a minimum of three units of English, two of which must be passes in Units 3 & 4.

English as an Additional Language 1 & 2

Units 1 and 2 EAL is designed for students who are new arrivals to Australia, or for whom English is a second language. Only these students eligible will be counselled to select this subject for Year 11.  EAL encourages students to develop their literacy skills in a way which will enhance their understanding and appreciation of their world and the way in which they participate socially, economically and culturally in Australian society. Students who study EAL Units 1 & 2 may study EAL Units 3 & 4 or English Units 3 & 4 in Year 12.

Areas of study:

· Reading and creating texts: Students present a sustained creative response and also prepare an analytical interpretation.

· Analysing Arguments: Students analyse how language is used to persuade in articles that are published in Australian Media. They also learn how to use language to persuade in a point of view oral presentation.

· Listening to texts: Students will listen to a range of spoken texts and use active listening strategies to understand information, ideas and opinions presented in texts.

Special Requirements: Only eligible English as an Additional Language students can select this course.

Assessment

Creative and analytical responses, persuasive oral presentation, respond to audio text and a mid year and end of semester exam.

For further advice: Jorgen Leschke

VCE English 1 & 2

Subject Description
VCE English consists of four units, the first two of which are undertaken in Year 11. These serve as the foundation for the later study of Units 3 & 4 in Year 12 and are therefore an important building block. Students consolidate and extend their understanding of texts and issues. Students will be required to create their own responses as well as compare texts. They are encouraged to analyse ideas introduced to them through their reading of texts, and relate them to their own world. In particular, the study of the Australian media focuses on identifying and analysing the strategies writers use to influence readers.

Areas of Study

  • Reading and Creating Texts: Students will study two texts in one semester and complete an analytical and creative interpretation.
  • Reading and Comparing Texts: Students will study two texts and complete a comparative analytical response.
  • Analysing and Presenting Arguments: Students will analyse how language is used to position readers in articles that are published in the Australian Media. They will also learn how to use language to persuade in a point of view oral presentation.

Preparation Subjects

Subjects to do next

Year 10 English

VCE English or Literature Units 3 & 4

For further advice: Sarah Sutton

VCE Literature 1 & 2
Subject Description

This subject develops an enjoyment of literature through reading a range of texts from various time periods and about different contexts. Students gain a deeper understanding of the variety of human experiences and develop a critical awareness of cultures as they are represented in literature. They will learn to reflect on their personal interpretation of a text and to evaluate other opinions, culminating in the capacity to write confident analytical and creative responses to texts.

Areas of Study:

  • Reading practices: Students consider how language, structures and stylistic choices are used in different literary forms.
  • Ideas and concerns: Students investigate how texts reflect or comment on the interests of individuals and particular groups in society, and how texts may support or question particular aspects of society.
  • The text, the reader and their contexts: This area of study focuses on the interrelationships between the text, readers, and their social and cultural contexts.
  • Exploring connections between texts: Students make comparisons between the ways in which different texts are constructed.
Preparation Subjects Subjects to do next
Year 10 English

Year 10 So you think you can write

VCE English or Literature Units 3 & 4
For further advice: Lisa Gilby