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English

INTRODUCTION

English is a common study that encourages students to regard reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking as active and integrated processes.  It approaches language development through a variety of contexts in which language is used.

Duration      Whole Year

Purpose

Year 10 English continues the development towards adult texts and sophisticated literacy.  This is the final step in preparing students for the challenges involved in the VCE – the ability to draft effectively, to work collaboratively and to read and evaluate at sophisticated levels. To achieve this they will be encouraged to work individually and in groups, in structured and unstructured situations, exploring the ways in which language is used to create meanings. A critical and analytical approach to literature will be a focus. 

It is through a challenging variety of texts and media that students are required to explore and identify the contexts within which texts are created.  They are also required to develop skills which enable them to analyse text evidence and apply it, to evaluate perspectives, to recognise thematic similarities and compare texts and contexts.  This will allow them to develop and justify an interpretation, which is essential in becoming a mature and effective learner.  Four texts are studied in the year; two are completed by the whole cohort, and students are given a choice for the remaining two.

Similarly, students will increasingly be expected to write in a flexible manner, with control of the conventions of language use, to achieve a variety of effects and purposes for a range of audiences.  To do this, they will focus on extending their awareness of different techniques, be able to select appropriate evidence to construct a supported argument, develop linking strategies to improve the cohesiveness of their writing, and show increased awareness of purpose and audience. 

Areas of Study

  1. Texts
    This will include texts chosen for study by all the class and those selected by the individual students:  material of a literary nature and everyday texts from such sources as the mass media, visual and aural texts as well as those presented in print.
  2. Writing
    The emphasis is on encouraging each student to develop the confidence and ability to write for a variety of purposes, in a range of modes, and to have an awareness of audience.  Extensive use will be made of drafting, editing and word-processing skills.
  3. Speaking and listening
    Opportunities will be provided for formal and informal oral work, in individual, small group and class situations.
  4. Persuasive language
    This will include a detailed study of how written and visual texts are constructed to present a point of view.  The study will involve both critical reading or persuasive writing and the creation of argumentative texts.

English Options

The English options are designed to suit the variety of interests and needs of all students. A range of texts will be offered covering diverse concepts, themes and issues.  Students will select two options, (of one term’s duration) over the course of the year.

Assessment Tasks

A range of assessment tasks are developed to suit the learning outcomes covering knowledge, understanding and particular skills.  The activities will also cater for a range of abilities and suite the needs of individuals and the class.

  1. Assignments and essays
  2. Analysis of persuasive language
  3. Persuasive writing
  4. Creative and personal writing
  5. Tests
  6. Oral presentation
  7. Examination 

Assessment

Assessment of students’ development is made by using a range of assessment strategies.  Students are required to complete all the assessment tasks.