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General English

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​​​Does this subject contribute to an ATAR? Yes (General subject)
How many credits does this subject contribute towards QCE? 4 

What is General English?

English focuses on the study of both literary texts and non-literary texts, developing students as independent, innovative, and creative learners and thinkers who appreciate the aesthetic use of language, analyse perspectives and evidence, and challenge ideas and interpretations through the analysis and creation of varied texts.

Students are offered opportunities to interpret and create texts for personal, cultural, social and aesthetic purposes. They learn how language varies according to context, purpose and audience, content, modes and mediums, and how to use it appropriately and effectively for a variety of purposes. Students have opportunities to engage with diverse texts to help them develop a sense of themselves, their world and their place in it.

Students communicate effectively in Standard Australian English for the purposes of responding to and creating texts. They make choices about generic structures, language, textual features, and technologies for participating actively in literary analysis and the creation of texts in a range of modes, mediums, and forms, for a variety of purposes and audiences. They explore how literary and non-literary texts shape perceptions of the world and consider ways in which texts may reflect or challenge social and cultural ways of thinking and influence audiences.​


What makes a student suited to English?

Students who achieve success in English are those who: 
  • have an inquiring mind, an interest in reading a variety of interesting texts and are considering university study 
  • have demonstrated a solid ability to create both written and spoken texts 
  • are able to work both independently and in a team environment 
  • have the ability to create both analytical and creative texts ​
What prerequisites must students meet in order to take this subject?
Minimum of C+ standar​d in Year 9 Core/Extension English

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)


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

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

Assessment 1:Extended response — written response for a public audience

Assessment 2: Extended response — persuasive spoken response


 Semester 2

Texts and culture
• Examining and shaping representations of culture in texts

• Responding to literary and non-literary texts, including a focus on Australian texts

• Creating imaginative and analytical texts

Assessment 3: Extended response — imaginative written response

Assessment 4: Examination — analytical written response


Year 11Unit 1Perspectives and texts
• Examining and creating perspectives in texts
• Responding to a variety of non-literary and literary texts
• Creating responses for public audiences and persuasive texts

Formative internal assessment 1: 25%
• Extended response — written response for a public audience
Formative internal assessment 2: 25%
• Extended response — persuasive spoken response
Unit 2Texts and culture
• Examining and shaping representations of culture in texts
• Responding to literary and non-literary texts, including a focus on Australian texts
• Creating imaginative and analytical texts

Formative internal assessment 3: 25%
• Extended response — imaginative written response
Formative internal assessment 4: 25%
• Examination — analytical written response

Year 12Unit 3Textual connections
• Exploring connections between texts
• Examining different perspectives of the same issue in texts and shaping own perspectives
• Creating responses for public audiences and persuasive texts

Summative internal assessment 1 (IA1): 25%
• Extended response — written response for a public audience
Summative internal assessment 2 (IA2): 25%
• Extended response — persuasive spoken response

Unit 4Close study of literary texts
• Engaging with literary texts from diverse times and places
• Responding to literary texts creatively and critically
• Creating imaginative and analytical texts
Summative internal assessment 3 (IA3): 25%
• Extended response — imaginative written response
Summative external assessment (EA): 25%
• Examination — analytical written response




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Last reviewed 04 August 2022
Last updated 04 August 2022