VCE English

Rationale
The English language is central to the way in which students understand, critique and appreciate their world, and to the ways in which they participate socially, economically and culturally in Australian society.

The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity. The mastery of key knowledge and skills underpins effective functioning in the contexts of study and work as well as productive participation in a democratic society in the twenty-first century. Students will continue the learning established through the Victorian Essential learning Standards (VELS) in the key discipline concepts of texts and language, and the dimensions of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The study of texts focuses on creating and analysing texts, understanding and interpreting texts, and moving beyond interpretation to reflection and critical analysis.

Structure
The study is made up of 4 units.
Unit 1
The focus of this unit is on the reading of a range of texts, particularly narrative and persuasive texts, in order to comprehend, appreciate and analyse the ways in which texts are constructed and interpreted. Students will develop competence and confidence in creating written, oral and multimodal texts.

Unit 2
The focus of this unit is on reading and responding to an expanded range of text types and genres in order to analyse ways in which they are constructed and interpreted, and on the development of competence and confidence in creating written, oral or multimodal texts.

Unit 3
The focus of this unit is the development of critical responses to both print and non-print texts, including media texts, and the use of oral language to interact positively, critically and confidently with audiences in formal and informal settings.

Unit 4
The focus of this unit is the development of critical responses to both print and non-print texts, and the achievement of competence and confidence in writing for different purposes and audiences in a variety of forms.

Assessment
Satisfactory Completion
Demonstrated achievement of outcomes specified for the unit. This decision on the teacher’s assessment of the student’s performance on assessment tasks designed for the unit.
Levels of Achievement
Unit 1 and 2
The individual school will determine levels of achievement.
Unit 3 and 4
School-assessed coursework and examinations.
Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 25 per cent
Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 25 per cent
End-of-year examination: 50 per cent.