Investigate a range of both written and spoken texts from different genres including short story collections, films, plays and non-fiction texts.
The Discipline of English encourages students to learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language.
Students develop a sense of its richness and its power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to persuade, to entertain and to argue. Students explore, analyse and create a wide range of texts and media in print and electronic forms, including imaginative literature, popular fiction and non-fiction, personal writing, everyday communication, film and multi-modal texts.
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Key Study Areas
In Year 7 English, students read, write and present a range of short narrative, persuasive and poetic texts before learning how to make an expository text response to a novel. They are also introduced to reading conferences through the College’s Reading Program.
In Year 8 English, students develop their skills in creative, expository and persuasive response to set texts, as well as making a critical enquiry in response to a short play. They continue to be supported in independent reading through our Reading Program.
In Year 9 English, students develop their skills in film analysis, oral point-of-view and creative response to a novel as well as learning foundational language analysis skills. They continue to be supported in independent reading through our Reading Program.
In Year 10 English, students explore, analyse and create a wide range of texts and media in print and electronic forms, including imaginative literature, popular fiction and non-fiction, personal writing, everyday communication, film and other multimedia texts.
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.
Reasons to Choose
Discover the inner workings of the English Language and linguistics.
Examine, in detail, the building blocks of our language and it’s use in Contemporary Australia.
Learn to engage with texts and develop confidence in critically discussing ideas and concepts.
Tackle challenging texts, plays, poetry and classic literature.