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Essential English

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Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? No (Applied subject)

How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4


What is Essential English?

Essential English develops and refines students’ understanding of language, literature and literacy to enable them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and social contexts. Students recognise language and texts as relevant in their lives now and in the future and learn to understand, accept or challenge the values and attitudes in these texts.

Students engage with language and texts to foster skills to communicate confidently and effectively in Standard Australian English in a variety of contemporary contexts and social situations, including everyday, social, community, further education and work-related contexts. They choose generic structures, language, language features and technologies to best convey meaning. They develop skills to read for meaning and purpose, and to use, critique and appreciate a range of contemporary literary and non-literary texts.

Students use language effectively to produce texts for a variety of purposes and audiences and engage creative and imaginative thinking to explore their own world and the worlds of others. They actively and critically interact with a range of texts, developing an awareness of how the language they engage with positions them and others. 

What makes a student suited to Essential English?

Students who achieve success in Essential English are those who:
  • Develop positive attitudes to and strategies for engagement in lifelong learning 
  • Gain knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of various forms of text 
  • Reflect on their own and other people’s knowledge, values and practices 
  • Communicate appropriately and effectively, with confidence 
  • Plan and work independently and as members of a group 

What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?

Nil- course entrance will be determined through year 9 English exit grade

What is the cost of this subject?

Nil - all costs covered by Shared Resource Hire Scheme

What materials or equipment do I need for this subject?

  • Year 11 - compulsory BYOD
  • A4 Exercise book (minimum 96 page)
  • A4 Display folder
  • Highlighters
  • Glue
  • Blue, black and red pens

What do students study in this subject and how are they assessed?

  Unit OverviewsAssessment
Year 10Semester 1Perspectives and Text
• Examining and creating perspectives in texts
• Responding to literary texts
• Creating imaginative texts
Perspectives and Text
• Examining and creating perspectives in texts
• Responding to literary texts

Summative Written Response
Novel Study
Imaginative: Narrative

Summative Spoken Response
Poetry Multi-Modal Presentation

 Semester 2Short Course in Literacy including:
Personal Identity and Education
The Work Environment
One assessment consisting of two parts:
· An extended response - written (Internal Assessment 1A)
· A student learning journal (Internal Assessment 1B)
One assessment consisting of two parts:
· An extended response - short response (Internal Assessment 2A)
· A reading comprehension task (Internal Assessment 2B)
Year 11Unit 1Language that works
• Responding to a variety of texts used in and developed for a work context
• Creating multimodal and written texts
Formative internal assessment 1:
• Extended response — spoken/signed response
Formative internal assessment 2:
• Examination — analytical written response
Unit 2Texts and human experiences
• Responding to reflective and nonfiction texts that explore human experiences
• Creating spoken and written texts
Formative internal assessment 3:
• Extended response — Multimodal response
Formative internal assessment 4:
• Extended response — Written response
Year 12Unit 3Language that influences
• Creating and shaping perspectives on community, local and global issues in texts
• Responding to texts that seek to influence            audiences
Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1):
• Extended response — spoken/signed  response
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2):
• Common internal assessment (CIA)
Unit 4
Representations and popular culture texts
• Responding to popular culture texts
• Creating representations of Australian identities, places, events and concepts
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3):
• Extended response — Multimodal response
Summative internal assessment 4 (IA4):
• Extended response — Written response


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Last reviewed 03 September 2019
Last updated 03 September 2019