English - 1ESH & 2ESH

In English students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience, with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world. Students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. They have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people by responding to aesthetic and cultural aspects of texts from the contemporary world, from the past, and from Australian and other cultures. Students who complete this subject with a C grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

Students undertake tasks within the following:

  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Texts

1. Responding to text
Students respond to text in both written and oral form, with the option of a multimodal response. The texts on which the responses are based must be chosen from at the categories of:

  • an extended text such as a novel, a graphic novel, a collection of short stories, a biography, or other non-fiction prose text
  • a selection of poetry texts such as a poet study, anthology, theme study, song lyrics
  • a drama text or performance
  • a film or episode of a television miniseries
  • media texts from newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the internet, or other digital sources such as advertisements, talkback radio programs, technical articles, news presentations, sports reports, political commentary or cartoons, editorials, websites, social media, blogs, podcasts, or gaming

2. Creating Texts
Students create written, oral, and/or multimodal texts for procedural, imaginative, analytical, persuasive, and/or different purposes. Students create:

  • three texts
  • one writer’s statement

English Literary Studies (Year 12 only) - 2ELS

English Literary Studies focuses on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences, and contexts, and on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts. Students develop an understanding of the power of language to represent ideas, events, and people in particular ways and of how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions. Students who complete this subject with a C– grade or better will meet the literacy requirement of the SACE.

Students undertake tasks within the following:

  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Texts

1. Responding to Texts consists of:

  • Shared Studies
  • Comparative Text Study

Among the texts chosen for the shared study there must be two from the set text list. The Shared Study includes:

  • study of three texts
  • one extended prose text
  • one film text
  • one drama text
  • study of poetry
  • study of a range of short texts

During the study of shared texts, students produce up to five responses to their text studies; together, the responses comprise a maximum of 5000 words. One of these responses can be oral or multimodal in form.
The comparative study involves the study of two texts, one from the shared studies and the other independently chosen by the student.

2. Creating Texts
Students create:

  • one transformative text linked to another text, with a writer’s statement (1500 words, or 9 minutes, or equivalent in multimodal form)
  • one written, oral, or multimodal