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?

  • Either English Units 3 & 4 and/or Literature Units 3 & 4.
  • English as an Additional Language Units 3 & 4 can only be selected by students who qualify for this subject.

All Units 3 & 4 studies must 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.

VCE English as an Additional Language 3 & 4

Subject Description:

Students focus on reading and responding in writing to a range of texts. They analyse how the authors create meaning and different ways in which text can be interpreted. They also create written texts that explore ideas suggested from their reading within a chosen context and explain choices they have made as authors. Students will analyse and compare the use of language in current Australian media texts, as well as speaking persuasively in response to a chosen issue. Students will also develop and refine their listening skills.

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.

For further advice: Jorgen Leschke

 

VCE English 3 & 4

Subject Description

Students focus on reading and responding in writing to a range of texts. They analyse how the authors create meaning and different ways in which text can be interpreted. Students will be required to compare texts and develop creative responses. Students will analyse and compare the use of language in current Australian media texts, as well as speaking persuasively in response to a chosen issue.

Areas of study:

  • Reading and comparing texts: Students will study two texts and complete a comparative analytical response.
  • Reading and creating texts: Students will study two texts in one semester and complete an analytical and creative interpretation.
  • Using Language to persuade: students analyse how language is used to persuade in articles that are published in the Australian Media after September 2018. They also learn how to use language to persuade in a point of view oral presentation.

Assessment: 25% School Assessed Coursework in each Unit and an external exam worth 50%

For further advice: Julie Rovere

 

VCE Literature 3 & 4
Subject Description

Students focus on the ways writers construct their work and how meaning is created for and by the reader. They consider how the form of text affects meaning and the ways texts represent views and values. Students write both creative and critical responses. They re-create and adapt literary texts, interpreting the author’s style, language and point of view.

 

Areas of Study

Unit 3

· Adaptations and transformations: This area of study focuses on how the form of text is significant in the making of meaning. The transformation of a written text into film is the core of this unit of study.

 

· Creative responses to texts: This area of study focuses on literary techniques to create and re-create a work. Students use their knowledge of how texts communicate meaning to write their own creative transformations of them.

 

Unit 4

· Literacy perspectives: Various interpretations and judgments about a text contribute to studentsʼ interpretations. Students compare and analyse two pieces of literary criticism reflecting different ideas about a text.

 

· Close analysis: This outcome requires detailed scrutiny of the style, concerns and construction of a text. Student examine the ways specific features in a text contribute to their overall interpretations.

 

Preparation Subjects
 VCE English or Literature Units 1 & 2
 

Special Conditions: All texts should be read prior to beginning the course. 

 

For further advice: Lisa Gilby