ENGL001 – LITERACY PREPARATION FOR TEACHERS (HSC BAND 4) UNIT COORDINATOR: LISA WARD ASSIGNMENT TWO COMPLETED BY JULIE PAPPS STUDENT NUMBER: 220076557
Assignment 2a.In one paragraph, summarise the purpose, context and tone of the document, ‘AustralianCurriculum: Draft Consultation Version 1.0.1 (Learning Area: English)’ (access througheReserve).The Australian Curriculum: Draft Consultation Version 1.0.1 (Learning Area: English)originated from an election promise by the Australian Labour Party prior to winninggovernment. The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) wasappointed to develop the Australian curriculum, and receives guidance from a variety ofeducation professionals and political ministers in order to develop the best Australian curriculumpossible. The general public and any interested parties are then given the opportunity to reviseand make comment on the curriculum for ACARA to take into consideration. As a result thecontext of the document is quality education in the future from a political framework. Thepurpose of this document is to persuade teachers to rethink their current ideas and beliefs createdfrom the current curriculum, and educate them on the Australian Curriculum and how it providesteachers with a premium foundation in which to provide high quality teaching to all students.The document is written to provide a base for students’ future learning, development andinvolvement in society, and also states the level of understanding expected of children atdifferent points throughout the school year. The text is professional in nature and directed at askilled audience. The author’s aim is to inform the audience; therefore the tone the author usesthroughout the Australian Curriculum is factual and objective.
Assignment 2b.Write an essay that compares the meanings of the following texts: • Prime Minister of Australia, ‘Transcript of Joint Doorstop with Julia Gillard Amaroo School Canberra’. • ‘National Curriculum on Trial’, Australian Teacher Magazine, 25 March 2010. • Prime Minister of Australia, ‘Release of Draft National Curriculum’.The three texts that will be discussed in this paper are ‘Transcript of Joint Doorstop with JuliaGillard Amaroo School Canberra’ (JGT), ‘National Curriculum on Trial’ (NCT) and ‘Release ofDraft National Curriculum’ (RNDC). These texts all have a relationship either through thesubject, the composer and /or the political view. There are also similarities and differences in thepurpose, context and tone of the texts. The medium of production is also presented differently forall three texts and this paper will discuss how this shapes the meaning of the texts.The three texts all have relationships with each other. To begin with, all three texts have thesame subject, The Australian Curriculum. They also share an influence of politics, as theAustralian curriculum is a political decision. NCT mentions the same wording as the other twotexts at various times, forming another connection between texts. JGT and RDNS are actuallythe same text, the difference being that RDNC is a much shorter version of JGT. JGT and RDNChave the same composers, as they are both press conferences presented by Kevin Rudd and JuliaGillard. Finally, JGT and RDNC also pose the same political view and they are both selling thenewly formulated Australian Curriculum.There are several similarities and differences in the purpose of the three texts. Both JGT andRNDC have the same purpose and achieve the same outcome. These texts are selling the benefitsof the Australian curriculum to the audience by persuading the listeners into changing theirbeliefs, attitudes and ideas about the current curriculum, and selling the new curriculum as arevolution that involves less work for teachers and more basic tuition for students. The differencein purpose between the above two texts and NCT is that NCT uses humour at the beginning of
the article when discussing the curriculum being released to a national fanfare on Sydneyharbour. NCT then informs the audience by enlightening the readers to both the government andopposition’s argument regarding the Australian curriculum.The three texts being discussed are written in 2010, and the context of the three texts is actuallycomparing the current curriculum with the curriculum of the future from a political point ofview. In both JGT and RDNC the prime minister makes two statements. The first being ‘after110 years, next year, 2011, Australia will have its national curriculum for the first time’. Thesecond stating ‘children from large defence communities would say, why is it when we changestates that our kids are put at a disadvantage due to completely different curriculums. Thesestatements from the prime minister are obviously trying to challenge the beliefs and values of thereader with those of the government.The tone used in JGT and RNDC is convincing, motivated, sober and humourless. This tone isused as the prime minister and his deputy are trying to sell the Australian curriculum to theaudience by giving all the details and reasons as to why this curriculum is good for Australia.Where NCT uses shifts in tone throughout the article. Initially NCT uses a humorous tone whendiscussing the fanfare and use of puppets. The text then moves on to a more neutral tone whenexplaining both sides of the argument. Finally NCT uses a disapproving tone when discussingthe government’s previous lack of consultation when asking for feedback on the My schoolwebsite.The three texts in this paper all utilise different forms of medium which helps to shape themeaning of the texts. The JGT actually has two forms of medium. The first being print, as thetranscript is a written version of a press conference. The JGT text is actually a writtenreproduction of a verbal press conference given by the prime minister and his deputy that hassound as its medium of production. The RDNC example is a multimedia video of a press
conference given by the prime minister and his deputy. NCT is a written article from a magazineand therefore has print as its medium of production.The different use of medium in the three texts conveys the meaning of the text in different ways.While JGT and NCT have written forms of medium they use language to shape their medium.But if you watched or listened to JGT the author could use voice and / or expression to shape themeaning of the text. This also occurs when watching RDNC. This text uses video as the mediumof production and therefore, can use voice and expression to shape the meaning of the text.In conclusion, the three text samples all have a relationship with each other through subject andpolitical view, but also have similarities in purpose, context and tone. The most significantparallel found was that RDNC is a shortened version of JGT so majority of the text was thesame. The biggest differences were found between these two samples and NCT as this waswritten from a different perspective, therefore having slightly different purpose, context andtone. The medium of production was different for all three texts, so the meaning was slightlydifferent for all texts.