English


English at Lilydale High School

  • Core English
  • Extra English
  • Bridging English
  • Creative Writing
  • The Craft of Writing
  • Debate, Discussion and Public Speaking
  • Literature

Year 7 & 8
Students participate in:

  • 5 periods of Core English per week

Students may elect to participate in:

  • 3 periods of Extra English per week (is undertaken instead of LOTE)

Year 9 
Students participate in:

  • 5 periods of Core English

Students may elect to participate in:

  • Bridging English
  • Creative Writing
  • Debate, Discussion and Public Speaking

Year 10
Students participate in:

  • 5 periods of Core English

Students may elect to participate in:

  • Debate, Discussion and Public Speaking
  • Planning for Employment and Training
  • The Craft of Writing

VCE      
Each English study is made up of four units.  In English, students undertake Units 1 and 2 in Year 11 and in Year 12 students undertake Units 3 and 4.  Units 3 and 4 must be studied as a sequence.

In order to successfully obtain their VCE, a student must satisfactorily complete at least 3 units of English.  These units may be selected from English Units 1 to 4, and Literature Units 3 and 4, however, must include a Unit 3 and 4 sequence. Therefore, students must successfully complete Units 3 and 4 English or Units 3 and 4 Literature in order to obtain their VCE.

Students may choose from the following subjects of study in the VCE:

  • English
  • Literature
  • English as a Second Language

Units 1 and 2

Units 1 and 2 English – Compulsory 

Students read a range of texts to develop skills in writing and responding to both printed and visual language. Students have learnt strategies for discussing, evaluating, constructing, supporting and reviewing texts, including persuasive, context and literary texts. Students focus on writing with clarity and coherence for different purposes and audiences. In the oral component of the course, students develop an understanding of the power of oral communication with the intention of persuading.

Unit 1 Literature – Elective

This unit focuses on the ways literary texts represent human experience and the reading practices students develop to deepen their understanding of a text. Students respond to a range of texts personally, critically and creatively. This variety of approaches to reading invites questions about the ideas and concerns of the text. While the emphasis is on students’ close engagement with language to explore texts, students also inform their understanding with knowledge of the conventions associated with different forms of text, for example poetry, prose, drama and/or non-print texts

Unit 2 Literature – Elective

The focus of this course is on students’ creative and critical responses to texts. Students focus on aspects of texts such as the style of narrative, the characters, the language and structure of the text. Students deepen their understanding of the ways their own culture and the cultures represented in the text can influence their interpretations and shape different meanings.  Students are encouraged to make comparisons between texts and to identify some of the relationships that exist through features such as the language, characterisation and ideas.

Units 3 and 4

Unit 3 and 4 English

Students undertake critical responses to literary and media texts, and use oral language to interact with audiences. The reading and study of texts focuses on reading a range of texts that encourages the development of critical responses to both literary and non-literary texts, including media texts. Equally important is the capacity to respond to such information thoughtfully, articulately and coherently.  Choosing the appropriate form of writing given a specified context is also explored. The ability to analyse the use of language for informative and persuasive purposes, along with the capacity to think critically, logically and creatively about a range of texts is crucial in English.

Unit 3 and 4 Literature

In the study of Literature, students explore and make sense of human experience. Students study ideas in texts that enable them to understand language and literary devices, the main ideas and preoccupations of a text, the presentation of values and beliefs in a text represented through characters and events and the experiences that have given voice within the text.  The Unit involves students analysing a range of texts, developing skills in reading closely and critically and discussing and debating various ways of interpreting and evaluating texts.

Janine Sayers, Head of English