English Units 1 and 2


English Units 1 and 2 are made up of the following Areas of Study:

In Unit 1 (Semester 1) Reading and creating texts, you will watch one film and read one novel. For the film, you will write a creative response; for the novel, you will write an analytical response.

In Unit 1 (Semester 1) Analysing and presenting argument, you will study how the media influence their audience through words and images. You will learn to analyse media articles in essays, and learn how to write and perform your own persuasive presentation.

In Unit 2 (Semester 2) Reading and comparing texts, you will read two short stories and a selection of poems. You will respond to these texts through comparative and analytical examination.

In Unit 2 (Semester 2) Analysing and presenting argument, you will continue your examination of conventions within media articles, which are designed to influence us. You will deepen your understanding of the process by doing an impartial descriptive analysis on one of these articles.

Who is it for?

VCE English Units 1 and 2 is one of the English subjects you can undertake in order to qualify for a VCE certificate. English is the subject most students enrol in to complete their VCE. You must complete three English units (or Literature or Foundation English or English Language) in order to be eligible for a VCE certificate, including one Unit 3 and 4 sequence.

English Units 1 and 2 will appeal to you if you enjoy writing and wish to expand your skills in reading critically, thinking about social issues and speaking and writing about experiences.

What do you do?

Activities you will engage in include:

  • writing both short and long responses to texts of many kinds
  • exploring your own ideas in writing about a range of big ideas and concepts
  • reading and analysing articles designed to influence us in the media
  • writing opinion pieces and preparing presentations with a view to influencing others
  • developing skills to help you present ideas and viewpoints orally.

What skills do you need?

You need to be able to read texts independently, write clearly and fluently, and be able to participate in class discussions. If you are returning to education or have interrupted study experiences, you will be able to gain the necessary skills with practice and support.

What skills do you develop?

In English Units 1 and 2 you will develop the ability to:

  • read and evaluate texts and forming your own interpretations of them
  • support your analysis with textual evidence
  • identify contention, arguments, tone and language devices within persuasive texts
  • compare themes, issues and ideas between texts which explore related subject matter
  • present your own point of view to an audience in an engaging manner.




You must have access to the internet in order to access this course. All weekly work will be completed and submitted online.

Semester 1:
Slumdog Millionaire (film), available within the course materials.

The Ink Bridge (Neil Grant), you will need to purchase this text.

Semester 2:
You will study the following short stories; The Bet (Anton Chekhov) and Cathedral (Raymond Carver). These are available within the course materials.

You will study the following poems; Drifters (Bruce Dawe) and Moving House (Thazhe Mangool). These are available within the course materials.

Things to think about

To experience success with English it is important to read every day – as much and as widely as possible – and not only what is required within the course. This will help you to strengthen all aspects of your language skills and let you see how other people express themselves. It is also important to take notice of current affairs and discuss your ideas with others.

Look at the other English courses available at VSV and consider whether you are best suited to English or Literature. If you are not sure, speak to a year level coordinator at VSV.

You need to complete at least one of the English subjects outlined above in order to be eligible for a VCE certificate.

Things you can do now

You must purchase and read The Ink Bridge before the beginning of Unit 1. If possible view Slumdog Millionaire.

Read a variety of newspapers (i.e. The Age, The Australian and Herald Sun) to see how the same issue can be approached in different ways.

Go to the VCAA website for more information about this subject.



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