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The Discipline of English encourages students to appreciate, enjoy and use language.

Students develop an understanding of its richness and its power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, discuss, persuade, entertain and to argue. Students explore a wide range of texts and media in print and electronic forms, including contemporary and historial fiction and non-fiction, personal writing, everyday communication, film and multi-modal texts.

For more details about courses and subjects, please refer to the latest Course Guides.

Key Study Areas

In Year 7 English, students read, write and explore a range of short  narrative, persuasive and poetic texts and develop the skills to respond to those texts using a range of modes from the creative and persuasive, to the analytical. They are also introduced to reading conferences through the College’s Reading Program.

In Year 8 English, students read and respond to a range of texts, and develop their skills in creative, expository and persuasive responses, as well as undertaking a critical enquiry in response to a play. They continue to be supported in independent reading through our Reading Program.

In Year 9 English, students read and respond to a range of texts and develop their skills in film analysis, oral point-of-view and creative responses as well as learning foundational argument and language analysis skills. They are encouraged to continue independent reading.

In Year 10 English, students read and respond to a wide range of texts and media in print and electronic forms, including classical and popular fiction and non-fiction, personal writing, everyday communication, film and other multimedia texts.

Year 10 English Language

In Year 10 English Language, students are introduced to the fundamentals of linguistics and its use in a range of contexts. Students explore the nature, functions and modes of language with particular focus on the subsystems of morphology, lexicology and syntax. They also learn about the varied purposes of language and how particular choices help achieve these. The course is grounded in an exploration of the historical and social development of English and society’s attitudes towards these changes. Students are assessed on their analysis of written and spoken texts in short response tests, commentaries and an essay and debate.

In Year 10 Literature, students explore the ways in which the interaction between text and reader creates meaning. Students analyse the features and conventions of texts to help them develop increasingly discriminating responses to a range of literary forms and styles. Students respond critically, comparatively, creatively and reflectively to the ideas and concerns of texts and gain insights into how texts function as representations of human experience. They develop familiarity with key terms, concepts and practices that equip them for further studies in Literature, including an awareness of how the views and values that readers hold may influence the reading of a text. Students complete comparative analysis and creative response assessment tasks.

Students complete assessment tasks that mirror those they will encounter in their VCE English pathway.

In Year 11 English students have the option to complete Unit 1 & 2 English, English Language or English Literature.

Students will read a range of texts, particularly narrative and persuasive texts, in order to comprehend, appreciate and analyse the ways in which texts are constructed and interpreted. Students will develop competence and confidence in creating written, oral and multi modal texts.


In Year 12 English students have the option to complete Unit 3 & 4 English, English Language, Literature or English as an Additional Language.

Students read and respond to texts analytically and critically. They analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts. They also compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts. They create an oral presentation intended to position audiences about an issue currently debated in the media.

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