English

Rationale

English focuses on developing students’ analytical, creative and critical thinking and communication skills in all language modes. It encourages students to engage with texts from their contemporary world, with texts from the past and with texts from Australian and other cultures.

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Structure of English

In Unit 1 students explore how meaning is communicated through the relationships between language, text, purpose, context and audience. This includes how language and texts are shaped by their purpose, the audiences for whom they are intended and the contexts in which they are created and received.

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Texts

Teachers will use an array of material in class. Texts include literary texts, fiction and non-fiction, media texts, everyday texts, and workplace texts, from increasingly complex and unfamiliar settings, ranging from the everyday language of personal experience to more abstract, specialised and technical language drawn from a range of contexts.

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Representation of General capabilities

General capabilities covered in English include: Literacy, Numeracy, Information and communication technology (ICT) capability, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding and Intercultural understanding.

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Achievement standards

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Unit 1

Unit 1 Description

In Unit 1, students explore how meaning is communicated through the relationships between language, text, purpose, context and audience. This includes how language and texts are shaped by their purpose, the audiences for whom they are intended and the contexts in which they are created and received. Through responding to and creating texts, students consider how language, structure and conventions operate in a variety of imaginative, interpretive and persuasive texts. Study in this unit focuses on the similarities and differences between texts and how visual elements combine with spoken and written elements to create meaning. Students develop an understanding of stylistic features and apply skills of analysis and creativity. They are able to respond to texts in a variety of ways, creating their own texts and reflecting on their own learning.


Unit 1 Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, students:

  • understand the relationships between purpose, context and audience and how these relationships influence texts and their meaning
  • investigate how text structures and language features are used to convey ideas and represent people and events in a range of texts
  • create oral, written and multimodal texts appropriate for different audiences, purposes and contexts.

Unit 1 Content Descriptions

Investigate the relationships between language, context and meaning by:

explaining how texts are created in and for different contexts (ACEEN001)

analysing how language choices are made for different purposes and in different contexts using appropriate metalanguage; for example, personification, voice-over, flashback, salience (ACEEN002)

evaluating the choice of mode and medium in shaping the response of audiences, including digital texts (ACEEN003)

Examine similarities and differences between imaginative, persuasive and interpretive texts including:

explaining the ways language features, text structures and conventions communicate ideas and points of view (ACEEN004)

explaining the ways text structures, language features and stylistic choices are used in different types of texts (ACEEN005)

analysing how vocabulary, idiom and rhetoric are used for different purposes and contexts (ACEEN006)

evaluating the impact of description and imagery, including figurative language, and still and moving images in digital and multimodal texts. (ACEEN007)

Analyse and evaluate how responses to texts, including students’ own responses, are influenced by:

purpose, taking into account that a text’s purpose is often open to debate (ACEEN008)

personal, social and cultural context (ACEEN009)

the use of imaginative, persuasive and interpretive techniques. (ACEEN010)

Create a range of texts:

using appropriate form, content, style and tone for different purposes and audiences in real and imagined contexts (ACEEN011)

drawing on a range of technologies in, for example, research, communication and representation of ideas (ACEEN012)

combining visual, spoken and written elements where appropriate (ACEEN013)

using evidence-based argument (ACEEN014)

using appropriate quotation and referencing protocols (ACEEN015)

using strategies for planning, drafting, editing and proofreading (ACEEN016)

using accurate spelling, punctuation, syntax and metalanguage. (ACEEN017)

Reflect on their own and others’ texts by:

analysing textual evidence to assess the purpose and context of texts (ACEEN018)

questioning responses to texts (ACEEN019)

investigating the impact and uses of imaginative, interpretive and persuasive texts. (ACEEN020)