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Senior External School (Year 11-12)

English B 2020


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Wendy Linton
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The academic study of English is the study of communication in all of its various forms.

English studies involve:

  • the integration of the skills of speaking, listening and critical thinking with the skills of reading and writing;
  • the mastery of practices using traditional and new communication technologies;
  • teaching students to interpret, construct and make judgments about the meanings of texts in a range of contexts for different audiences and purposes;
  • focusing on meaning making; and 
  • the development of knowledge and understanding across all areas of the curriculum.

Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction to English 2020

Students will be introduced to the concepts of Critical Literacy, such as: the attitudes, values and beliefs that exist in texts; how texts position readers/viewers; what are invited/alternate/resistant readings; representations in texts.

2. Conversations about Concepts in Texts: the Family

A study of the representation of the Family in 2 texts: Little Miss Sunshine (film), and Away by Michael Gow (play). We will examine such elements as: the cultural context and attitudes, values and beliefs of both texts; representations of the family/gender in film over time; comparison of representations in both texts; elements of a literary essay.

3. Resources for "Lion" and the poetry of Ali Cobby Eckermann.

These resources will help you with the Analytical Essay on "Lion" and the poetry of Ali Cobby Eckermann.

4. Creative response to poetry

Students will study 5 poems from Australian poet Bruce Dawe, and use their knowledge of one poem as a springboard for a short story.

5. Conversations about issues in texts: Sustainability

Our study focuses on the creation of a perspective on the contemporary social issue of sustainability, through reasoned argument to persuade an audience

6. Short Story Analysis

7. Drama study: Macbeth by William Shakespeare

In-depth study of Shakespeare's classic tragedy of a fearless warrior destroyed by ambition and power. Written in 1606, Macbeth's themes of terror and abuse of power remain relevant to a modern audience.

8. April Exam and Instructions

- Exam Instructions are now available. - The exam will be available half-an-hour before the exam start time.

9. June Exam and Instructions

This Tab contains the following document: - June English Exam 2020

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