VCE | English

 
 
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English | Units 1 + 2

OVERVIEW

The study of English contributes to the development of literate individuals capable of critical and creative thinking, and writing. VCE English focuses on how English language is used to create meaning in written, spoken and multimodal texts of varying complexity.

It is compulsory to study either English or Literature; however, taking these subjects together is a strong combination.

UNIT PREREQUISITES

N/A

AREAS OF STUDY

Unit 1

  • Reading and creating texts

  • Analysing and presenting argument

Unit 2

  • Reading and comparing texts

  • Analysing and presenting argument

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Unit 1

  • Creative response

  • Text response

  • Oral presentation on an issue

  • End of unit examination.

Unit 2

  • Comparative text response

  • Analysis of argument and language

  • End of unit examination.

 
 

 
 
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English | Units 3 + 4

OVERVIEW

The study of English contributes to the development of literate individuals capable of critical and creative thinking, and writing. VCE English focuses on how English language is used to create meaning in written, spoken and multimodal texts of varying complexity.

It is compulsory to study either English or Literature; however, taking these subjects together is a strong combination.

In order to be eligible for the study of English as an Additional Language (EAL), a strict criteria must be met according to the VCAA. If a student wishes to apply to do EAL she must contact the English Curriculum Leader during the subject selection period.

UNIT PREREQUISITES

Students usually complete English: Units 1 and 2 before studying English: Units 3 and 4. It is also possible to move into English: Units 3 and 4 if you have completed Literature: Units 1 and/or 2 the previous year.

AREAS OF STUDY

Unit 3

  • Reading and creating texts

  • Analysing and presenting argument

Unit 4

  • Reading and comparing texts

  • Analysing and presenting argument

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Unit 3 | SACs 25%

  • Creative response

  • Text response

  • Analysis of argument and language

Unit 4 | SACs 25%

  • Oral presentation on an issue

  • Comparative text response

  • End of Year Examination 50%

Students should note that all SACs are moderated by the VCAA in light of exam performance.

 
 

 
 
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Literature | Units 1 + 2

OVERVIEW

In this unit students focus on the ways in which the interaction between text and reader creates meaning. Students analyse the features and conventions of texts, helping them to develop increasingly discriminating responses to a range of literary forms and styles.

Additionally, students respond critically, 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, and an awareness of how the views and values that readers hold may influence the reading of a text.

Students will study a range of text types, including a novel, poetry, a play and a film.

VCAA Literature Study Design

PREREQUISITES

You may complete Year 10 Literature the previous year, but it is not necessary as a prerequisite for this subject.

 

AREAS OF STUDY

Unit 1

  • Reading practices

  • Ideas and concerns in texts

Unit 2

  • The text, the reader and their contexts

  • Exploring connections between texts

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Unit 1

  • Essays

  • End of semester exam

Unit 2

  • Essays

  • End of semester exam

PATHWAYS

It is recommended that you select Units 1 and 2 Literature in conjunction with Units 1 and 2 English as this is a very strong combination.

 
 

 
 
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Literature | Units 3 + 4

OVERVIEW

Unit 3 Literature

Students consider how the form of a text affects meaning, and how writers construct their texts. They investigate ways writers adapt and transform texts and how meaning is affected as texts are adapted and transformed. They consider how the perspectives of those adapting texts may inform or influence the adaptations.

Students draw on their study of adaptations and transformations to develop creative responses to texts. Students will study a range of text types, including a novel, a collection of short stories, a play and a film.

Unit 4 Literature

Students develop critical and analytic responses to texts. They consider the context of their responses to texts as well as the ideas explored in the texts, the style of the language and points of view.

They investigate literary criticism informing both the reading and writing of texts, and develop an informed and sustained interpretation supported by close textual analysis. Students will study a range of text types, including a novel, a collection of short stories and a collection of poetry.

VCAA Literature Study Design

PREREQUISITES

It is recommended that you have completed Units 1 and 2 Literature before you enter Unit 3 Literature; however, it is possible to enter Unit 3 Literature with only 1 of Units 1 and 2 Literature.

AREAS OF STUDY

Unit 3 Literature

  • Adaptions and transformations

  • Creative responses to texts

Unit 4 Literature

  • Literary perspectives

  • Close analysis

UNIT ASSESSMENT

Unit 3 | SACs 25%

  • Essay

  • Creative piece

Unit 4 | SACs 25% |

  • Essay

  • Close Analysis

  • End of Year Examination 50%

Students should note that all SACs are moderated by the VCAA in light of exam performance.

PATHWAYS

It is recommended that you select Units 3 and 4 Literature in conjunction with Units 3 and 4 English as this is a very strong combination