What is this subject about?
In this semester-based elective which may be studied in addition to mainstream English, students are introduced to the concept of human communication. They consider the ways in which language is organised and acquired, and how it enables people to make sense of their world and experiences. Furthermore, students will learn how individuals use language to interact with one another.
What are we going to be doing?
Unit 1: The nature and of function of language / language acquisition
- We explore what makes human communication unique.
- We explore the primary modes of language: spoken, written, sign.
- We explore the major functions that language serves when used in a given context.
- We explore the influence of context on language choice.
- We explore the features that characterise speech and writing.
- We explore how children acquire and develop language.
Unit 2: Language change
- We explore the historical development of English from Old English to present-day Australian English and factors influencing language change.
- We explore the relationship of English to the Indo-European languages.
- We explore the making of Standard English, focusing on the origins of the English spelling system.
Where does this subject go?
This subject is a great springboard into VCE English Language 1, 2, 3 & 4.
This subject will give you a great lead into the following VCE subject/s:
- English Literature
This subject is advantageous if you are looking at these careers.
- Speech Pathology
- Speech Therapy
- Child Development / Psychology
- Professional Writing
- Public Relations
- Information Services