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SCSC VCE English Orientation 2013


Intro to the course

Intro to the course

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  • 1. Surf Coast Secondary College 2014
  • 2. The Basics:  English is COMPULSORY in Year 11/12 – there is NO escape!  You must pass 3 out of 4 Units of English to qualify for your VCE.  You must pass both Unit 3 and 4 in order to get an ATAR.  It must be one of the first four subjects in calculating your ATAR.  To satisfactorily pass English in Unit 1 and 2, you must meet all outcomes by completing to an acceptable standard:  Homework Tasks  Practice SACs  SACs
  • 3. What skills do you need?  You need to be able to:  Independently read, interpret and analyse texts.  Analyse and explain how language persuades  Speak clearly in formal oral presentations.  Write sustained text response essays  Write for different purposes and styles, based on designated topics and texts.  Write fluently, expressing complex ideas with a varied vocabulary and correct grammar and spelling. SUCCESS IN VCE ENGLISH IS ALL ABOUT WRITING!
  • 4. Unit 1  Outcomes are set by VCAA and are set out in the VCE     English Study Design There are Areas of Study, each with its own outcome AoS1 – Reading and Responding AoS2 – Creating and Presenting AoS3-Using Language to Persuade
  • 5. AOS1 – Reading and Responding  You must: Identify and discuss key aspects of a set text and to construct a response in written and oral form.  You must demonstrate :  Understanding of ideas, characters and themes  Understanding of how the author constructs meaning  The ability to plan and write response to a text  Use of appropriate metalanguage (terminology) to discuss the structures and features of narrative texts  Participate in class discussions and share your ideas  Use of conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English
  • 6. Outcome 1 at SCSC  The texts will be Night by Elie Wiesel in Unit 1, and Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks in Unit 2  You are required to read these books PRIOR to commencing the Outcome (so Night needs to be read over the holidays)  Prepare to read your text more than once and highlight key ideas, themes and character or plot events  You will be introduced to these novels later in the orientation program.
  • 7. AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting  You must: Create and present texts taking account of audience, purpose and context  You must demonstrate:  Knowledge of the structures, features and conventions     of a range of texts created for different purposes. The effect of form, context, audience and purpose on the writer’s choice of structure and language. Strategies for planning and revising writing Knowledge of metalanguage to discuss writing choices The conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English.
  • 8. AOS 2 – Creating and Presenting  The chosen Context for Unit 1 is ‘Encountering Conflict.’ We will study The Crucible by Arthur Miller as part of this context  The chosen Context for Unit 1 is ‘Identity and Belonging.’ We will study Gattaca directed by Andrew Nichol as part of this context  For this outcome, you will read a text which will help you to understand ideas of the context, as well as look at a range of other materials  You are required to write 3 -5 short pieces in response to this outcome.
  • 9. Outcome 2 at SCSC
  • 10. AOS3 – Using Language to Persuade  You must: Identify and discuss, either in writing and/or orally how language can be used to persuade readers and /or viewers.  To meet this outcome, you will complete an analysis of persuasive texts.  The issue for Unit 1 will be chosen by your teachers, depending on what is in the news and of interest and relevance to you at the time
  • 11. Meeting Outcome 3  You need to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge to meet this outcome:  Understanding point of view presented in persuasive texts  How texts work to influence readers  Examples of verbal and non-verbal language used by authors of texts to persuade readers and viewers to share the point of view/s presented  Use of appropriate metalanguage and features and conventions of spelling, punctuation and syntax of Standard Australian English
  • 12. Unit 2  The Areas of Study for Unit 2 are the same as Unit 1  AOS 1 Reading and Responding  AOS 2 Creating and Presenting  AOS 3 Using Language to Persuade
  • 13. How the school will help?  Two teachers of Year 11 English to assist you  At exam times extra assistance is offered to students to help with revision  You will be given a clear timeline with the dates of class activities, SACs and exams  If there are changes to SAC times you will be notified at least a week in advance 
  • 14. What do you need to do?  Purchase your English novels in advance. Waiting until     the start of next year will be too late. READ and WATCH the texts!!!! Take class notes in an organised manner (book, Evernote, Google Docs) Make sure you do all of the required class work and homework Speak up if you need anything 
  • 15. Holiday Homework  Your homework will be to:  Read Night by Elie Wiesel  Complete the pre-reading task on the SCSC VCE English website (main home page)  The texts are available to purchase at most book suppliers and retail stores.
  • 16. Contact Miss Weightman….