The study of English contributes to the development of literate individuals capable of critical and creative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity. This study also develops students’ ability to create and analyse texts, moving from interpretation to reflection and critical analysis. Through engagement with texts from the contemporary world and from the past, and using texts from Australia and from other cultures, students studying English become confident, articulate and critically aware communicators and further develop a sense of themselves, their world and their place within it. English helps equip students for participation in a democratic society and the global community.
This study builds on the learning established through AusVELS English in the key discipline concepts of language, literature and literacy, and the language modes of listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing. It enables students to:
extend their English language skills through thinking, listening, speaking, reading, viewing and writing
enhance their understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the English language in its written, spoken and multimodal forms
analyse and discuss a range of texts from different periods, styles, genres and contexts
understand how culture, values and context underpin the construction of texts and how this can affect meaning and interpretation
understand how ideas are presented by analysing form, purpose, context, structure and language
analyse their own and others’ texts, and make relevant connections to themselves, their community and the world
convey ideas, feelings, observations and information effectively in written, spoken and multimodal forms to a range of audiences
recognise the role of language in thinking and expression of ideas
demonstrate in the creation of their own written, spoken and multimodal texts an ability to make informed choices about the construction of texts in relation to purpose, audience and context
think critically about the ideas and arguments of others and the use of language to persuade and influence audiences
extend their use of the conventions of Standard Australian English with assurance, precision, vitality and confidence in a variety of contexts, including for further study, the work place and their own needs and interests
extend their competence in planning, creating, reviewing and editing their texts for precision and clarity, tone and stylistic effect.
In this unit, students read and respond to texts analytically and creatively. They analyse arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts intended to position audiences. Students develop their skills in creating written, spoken and multimodal texts.
In this unit students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts. They analyse arguments presented and the use of persuasive language in texts and create their own texts intended to position audiences. Students develop their skills in creating written, spoken and multimodal texts.
Both Units focus on two main Areas of Study
1. Reading, Creating and Comparing Texts
In this area of study students explore how meaning is created in a text. Students identify, discuss and analyse decisions authors have made. They explore how authors use structures, conventions and language to represent characters, settings, events, explore themes, and build the world of the text for the reader. Students investigate how the meaning of a text is affected by the contexts in which it is created and read. Students consider the similarities and differences between texts, developing awareness that some features are specific to texts, while others are similar across texts. Students explore how comparing texts can provide a deeper understanding of ideas, issues and themes. They investigate how the reader’s understanding of one text is broadened and deepened when considered in relation to another text. Students explore how features of texts, including structures, conventions and language convey ideas, issues and themes that reflect and explore the world and human experiences, including historical and social contexts. Students are encouraged to draw on prior knowledge and supplementary material to broaden and deepen their understanding of texts. Students practise their listening and speaking skills through discussion, developing their ideas and thinking in relation to the texts studied
Students develop the ability to respond to texts in written and spoken and/or multimodal forms. They develop analytical responses dealing with the ways in which texts convey meaning and various points of view on key issues. They use planning and drafting to test and clarify their ideas, and editing for clear and coherent expression. They include textual evidence appropriately and craft their writing for convincing and effective presentation.
In developing creative responses to texts, students explore how purpose and audience affect the choices they make as writers in developing ideas and planning work, making choices about structure, conventions, and language to develop voice and style. They practise the skills of revision, editing and refining for accuracy and stylistic effect.
When producing written comparisons of selected texts, students are discussing important similarities and differences, and exploring how the texts deal with similar or related ideas, issues or themes from different perspectives. They develop an understanding of the choices available to writers and creators of texts, and the ways in which comparing texts can offer an enriched understanding of ideas, issues or themes. They use the features of written analysis and textual evidence soundly and appropriately, dealing in detail with the ideas encountered in the texts. They draft, revise, edit and refine for technical accuracy, and for clear, coherent and effective presentation of the insights gained through comparison.
2. Argument and Persuasive Language
In this area of study students focus on building on their understanding of argument and the use of persuasive language in texts that attempt to influence an audience. They develop an understanding of how texts are constructed for specific persuasive effects by identifying and discussing the impact of argument and persuasive language used to influence an audience. Students read, listen to, and view a range of texts that attempt to position audiences in a variety of ways. These include editorials, letters to the editor, opinion and comment pieces, reviews, speeches or transcripts of speeches, advertisements, essays, radio or television excerpts, cartoons and other forms of print and digital media.
They explore the use of language for persuasive effect and the structure and presentation of argument. They consider different types of persuasive language, including written, spoken, and visual, and combinations of these, and how language is used to position the reader. Students consider the contention of texts; the development of the argument including logic and reasoning, tone and bias; and the intended audience. Students consider how authors craft texts to support and extend the impact of an argument.
Students practise written analysis of the presentation of argument and the use of language to position the intended audience. They craft and present reasoned, structured and supported arguments and experiment with the use of language to position audiences. In developing an argument or analysis, they draft, revise and edit to clarify and critique their thinking, and for technical accuracy, coherence, persuasive effect and quality of evidence.
Students practise developing and presenting reasoned points of view on issues of contemporary social relevance. In constructing arguments students focus on the logical development of their own ideas, and select evidence and language to support their arguments. In addition to developing critical analysis of the use of language and the presentation of argument in texts, students practise presenting arguments and points of view in writing. They draft, revise and edit their writing to clarify and critique their thinking, and for precision and coherence in argument and quality of evidence. They craft for persuasion using a range of language features intended to position an audience to share the point of view expressed. They use the features of texts appropriately and include accurate referencing and acknowledgment. In considering the presentation of arguments in oral form, students also learn about the conventions of oral communication for persuasive purposes. Students consider the persuasive impact of tone, diction and audience engagement in the presentation of a viewpoint. They practise their listening and speaking skills through discussion and debate, developing their own arguments and critiquing the arguments of others.
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