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VCE English Units 3 & 4. Requirements and expectations 2013. Welcome to Year 12 English. Two goals for the year: Class average study score of 30 or above Your personal study score (aim for as high as possible. Good English students should be aiming at above 40). Materials needed.

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vce english units 3 4

VCE English Units 3 & 4

Requirements and expectations 2013

welcome to year 12 english
Welcome to Year 12 English

Two goals for the year:

  • Class average study score of 30 or above
  • Your personal study score (aim for as high as possible. Good English students should be aiming at above 40).
materials needed
Materials needed
  • All texts and Insight textbook
  • Study guides (recommended)
  • A4 ring folder with 5 dividers
  • Plastic pockets/hole-punch for handouts
  • Dictionary and Thesaurus (recommended)
  • Black and blue pens (no pink, aqua, purple, green, bright red, yellow, orange and no grey lead pencils for essays!)
area of study 1 reading and responding
Area of Study 1:Reading and responding
  • ‘Twelve Angry Men’ by Reginald Rose (play)
  • ‘Year of Wonders’ by Geraldine Brooks (novel)
area of study 2 creating and presenting
Area of Study 2:Creating and Presenting

Context: Exploring issues of identity and belonging

  • ‘Growing up Asian in Australia’ edited by Alice Pung (short stories)
  • ‘Skin’ directed by Anthony Fabian (film)
area of study 3 using language to persuade
Area of Study 3:Using Language to Persuade

A study of various current issues in the Australian media.

  • Part A: Language analysis
  • Part B: Point of view (oral presentation)
  • 50% of your final study score is derived from school assessed coursework (SACs) completed throughout the year.
  • The other 50% of your final study score is derived from the end of year examination (duration 3 hours)
school assessed coursework
School assessed coursework

Unit 3:

  • Language Analysis 20%
  • Oral presentation 20%
  • Reading &Responding ‘Twelve Angry Men’ 30%
  • Creating & Presenting ‘GUAIA’ 30%

Unit 4

  • Creating &Presenting ‘Skin’ 50%
  • Reading & Responding ‘Year of Wonders’ 50%
  • One examination in the November exam period
  • Three hours in duration (plus 15 mins reading time)
  • Three pieces of writing required, one on each of the three areas of study
  • No prescribed word limit for writing pieces however high achieving pieces are normally 800 words or longer
verification tests
Verification tests
  • All Year 12 VCE subjects require verification tests in Week 1. The purpose of these tests is to ensure that all students are keeping up with required homework. (The year goes very quickly in Year 12 and anyone who falls behind will struggle.)
  • For the English verification test you will need to demonstrate that you have read all texts. You will need to show a close and insightful understanding of each text. (The test is based on short comprehension responses, not analysis.)
  • You will be tested on all three print texts.
growing up asian in australia
Growing Up Asian in Australia

It is recommended that you read the whole book, however we shall be focusing on and testing the following short stories:

  • ‘The Relative Advantages of Learning My Language’
  • ‘Sticks and Stones and Such-like’
  • ‘The Water Buffalo’
  • ‘Exotic Rissole’
  • ‘Destiny’
  • ‘Towards Manhood’
  • ‘Five Ways to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother’
  • ‘Beat of a Different Drum’
what to do over summer
What to do over summer…
  • Read all texts in preparation for verification tests
  • Research our issue and prepare your oral presentation. Pay close attention to the media and collect resources (you will need a minimum of two sources to quote in your presentation)
  • Pre-read sections of your Insight textbook to start the year with an advantage (We will be beginning with Area of Study 3: Using Language to Persuade)
  • Join our class wiki and communicate with teachers and class mates over summer. There is no need to work in isolation.