English Units 1 and 2
Each Year 11 English Unit of study is divided into two main areas.
In Unit 1 Reading and creating texts you will read and study a book, film or group of short stories complete a detailed analysis of it, expressing your ideas through formal essay writing and shorter responses.
In Analysing and presenting argument you will look at articles in the media which are designed to influence us. You will learn about the process of doing an impartial descriptive analysis of a range of media articles. You will also learn about developing and performing your own persuasive presentations.
In Unit 2 Reading and comparing texts you will study a number of short stories and poems. You will consider the ways in which comparison of shared themes and ideas between the texts deepens your overall understanding.
In 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 of doing an impartial descriptive analysis of a range of these articles. You will continue to extend your skill in developing and performing your own persuasive presentations.
Who is it for?
English Units 1 and 2 will appeal if you enjoy writing and wish to expand your skills in reading critically, thinking about social issues and speaking and writing about experiences. The skills gained will be invaluable in all other areas of your studies.
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?
Students should be able to read texts and respond in writing at a Year 11 level. Students returning to education or those with interrupted study experiences may gain the necessary skills with intensive practice and support, and should discuss their best study option with a DECV VCE advisor.
What skills do you develop?
In English Units 1 and 2 you will develop the ability to:
- respond to selected texts thoughtfully
- write creatively in a range of styles
- analyse and respond to persuasive texts
- deliver ideas and arguments in a speech or oral presentation.
Slumdog Millionaire (film)
The Ink Bridge (Neil Grant)
All short stories and poetry 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.
At DECV we are very aware that you will have a number of commitments and will therefore need to have balance in your life. You will be required to devote a number of hours to your studies in order to have the opportunity to succeed and enjoy your accomplishments, so it is highly recommended that you start thinking about how you will plan to successfully allocate your time once the semester starts.
Things you can do now
You can purchase and read the set books well before the start of semester as well as purchase and view the film.
Read a variety of newspapers (i.e. The Age, The Australian, the 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.