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English (Standard)

 

Course: English (Standard)

Course Number: 15130

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Advanced); English (EAL/D); English (Extension)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In the Preliminary English (Standard) course, students learn about language and literature by exploring and experimenting with the ways events, experiences, ideas and processes are represented in and through texts. Students study a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and multimedia, as well as Australian texts.

In the HSC English (Standard) course, students further strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by reflecting on and demonstrating the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes. Students study at least four types of prescribed texts drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction or film or media or multimedia texts.

 

MAIN TOPICS COVERED

Preliminary Course

The course has two sections:

  • Content common to the Standard and Advanced courses is undertaken through a Common module – Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English. Students undertake close reading from quality texts and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to appreciate, understand, analyse and evaluate these texts. The common content comprises 40% of the course content.
  • Modules in which students explore and examine texts and analyse aspects of meaning. The modules comprise 60% of the course content.

 

HSC Course

The course has two sections:

  • The HSC Common Module - Texts and Human Experiences - consists of both HSC Standard and the HSC Advanced course, where students deepen their understanding of how texts represent individual and collective human experiences. Students are provided with opportunities to appreciate, explore, interpret, analyse and evaluate the ways language is used to shape these representations in a range of texts in a variety of forms, modes and media.
  • Modules encourage students to strengthen their analytical skills, whilst encouraging their knowledge, skills and confidence as writers. Student will study a range of quality literature including Australian texts, which provide a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives. Through this they will demonstrate the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes. Students will study one elective from each of three Modules A, B and C.

 

Particular Requirements across Stage 6 English (Standard) Course students are required to:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives
  • integrated modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing as appropriate.

 

HSC English (Standard) Course requires the close study of:

  • at least four types of prescribed text, one drawn from each of the following categories: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction or film or media or multimedia texts a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.