The Year 9 English course deals with the study of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students engage with a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts, for both serious analysis and enjoyment. These include media articles, films, plays, novels and multimodal texts. The course explores themes of human experience, interpersonal relationships and a range of ethical, cultural and global issues. Students learn to express their ideas fluently in both written and oral forms through imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts. The course is designed to teach students to use a variety of texts structures and language features for intended effects and particular audiences.
In Year 10 English, Nossal High Students have the opportunity to select English electives which appeal to their particular areas of interest and they are encouraged to explore a wide variety of texts. In all electives students develop their understanding of persuasive language and all Year 10 English electives also provide many opportunities for students to hone their written and oral expression.
VCE English Mainstream
The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity. English incorporates the key discipline concepts of texts and language, and the dimensions of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The VCE English curriculum aims to be interesting and challenging for students with a wide range of expectations and aspirations. Teachers select texts which reflect the needs and interests of their students. The study of texts focuses on creating and analysing texts, understanding and interpreting texts, and moving beyond interpretation to reflection and critical analysis. Students will also develop competence and confidence in creating written, oral and multimodal texts. Students are expected to read widely in order to support the achievement of all outcomes.
VCE English Language
English Language is a challenging and fascinating journey into the complexities of our language and how we use it. Rather than just teaching basic grammatical rules, English Language explores the different functions of language (spoken, written and signed), how children acquire language and how English has changed over time. English Language also focuses on how we use language differently depending on our social environment and our identity. In English Language, our laboratory is the world around us.
Literature is the study of the texts created by people within a culture and tradition, from past eras and the present day. Literature introduces us to new worlds of experience. VCE Literature students engage in close reading, analysis, and critical and creative writing. The course evolves through lively class discussion, with students presenting varying points of view. Assessment tasks include formal essays, creative writing and oral presentations. Studying Literature is enriching and challenging. The understandings of the human condition which studying Literature provides are invaluable for people in widely different careers ranging from medicine and the law, to engineering and science.