VCE English

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Rationale

The English language is central to the way in which students understand, critique and appreciate their world, and to the ways in which they participate socially, economically and culturally in Australian society.

The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity.  It aims to extend students’ competence to meet the demands of further study, the workplace and their own needs and interests, as they participate in a democratic society in the twenty-first century.

It emphasises the integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.  It values student diversity and particularly encourages learning in which students take responsibility for their language development and thus grow in confidence and in language skill and critical understanding.

Structure

The study is made up of 4 units.  Each unit deals with specific content and is designed to enable students to achieve a set of outcomes.  Each outcome is described in terms of key knowledge and skills.  There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3.  Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4.  Units 1 to 4 are designed to a standard equivalent to the final two years of secondary education. All VCE studies are benchmarked against comparable national and international curriculum.

Across the Unit 1 and 2 sequence, English students must read and study at least 4 set texts chosen by the school.  Across the Unit 3 and 4 sequence, English students must read and study 4 texts selected from the Text List published by VCAA.

Unit 1

The focus of this unit is the reading and study of a range of texts particularly narrative and persuasive texts with comprehension, enjoyment and discrimination, development of competence and confidence in writing and the use of and response to oral language in different contexts.

Unit 2

The focus of this unit is on a variety of forms of response to texts, experimentation with different written forms and the use of oral language to interact positively, critically and confidently with audiences in formal and informal settings.

Unit 3

The focus of this unit is on reading and responding both orally and in writing to a range of texts.  Students analyse how the authors of texts create meaning and the different ways in which texts can be interpreted. They develop competence in creating written texts by exploring ideas suggested by their reading within the chosen context, and the ability to explain choices they have made as authors.  Students engage with a current issue in the Australian media, and analyse how a text is designed to persuade.

UNIT 4

The focus of this unit is on reading and responding in writing to a range of texts in order to analyse their construction and provide an interpretation. Students create written or multimodal texts suggested by their reading within the chosen context and explain creative choices they have made as authors in relation to form, purpose, language, audience and context.

Assessment

Demonstrated achievement of outcomes specified for the unit.

Unit 1

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to identify and discuss ideas, themes and issues in set texts and to construct a personal response, in either written or oral form.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to create and present texts taking into account context, purpose and audience.

Outcome 3: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to identify and discuss, either in writing and / or orally, how language can be used to persuade readers and / or viewers.

Unit 2

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to discuss and analyse how texts convey ways of thinking about the characters, ideas and themes, and construct a response in oral or written form.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to create and present texts taking account of audience, purpose and context.

Outcome 3: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to identify and analyse how language is used in a persuasive text and to present a reasoned point of view in oral or written form.

Unit 3

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to analyse, either orally or in writing, how a selected text constructs meaning, conveys ideas and values, and is open to a range of interpretations.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, the students should be able to draw on ideas and/or arguments suggested by a chosen context to create written texts for a specified audience and purpose; and to discuss and analyse in writing their decisions about form, purpose, language, audience and context.

Outcome 3: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to analyse the use of language in texts that present a point of view on an issue currently debated in the Australian media, and to construct, orally or in writing, a sustained and reasoned point of view on the selected issue.

Unit 4

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to develop and justify a detailed interpretation of a selected text.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit, the student should be able to draw on ideas and arguments suggested by a chosen context to create written texts for a specified audience and purpose; and to discuss and analyse in writing their decisions about form, purpose, language, audience and context.

Levels of Achievement

Units 1 and 2

Satisfactory completion of the outcomes and levels of achievement are determined by the school.

Units 3 and 4

School assessed coursework and examinations

Unit 3 school assessed coursework (25%)

Unit 4 school assessed coursework (25%)

End of year examination (50%)