Michael Russell
English Learning Leader

English is important for helping you appreciate diversity, develop sensitivity and, perhaps most importantly, contribute to your future by crafting your writing and critical thinking.

In the English Domain, we foster an appreciation for a wide variety of texts and empower you to develop your own interpretations of the texts we study. You interpret, create, evaluate, discuss and perform a wide range of literary texts in which the primary purpose is aesthetic, as well as texts designed to inform and persuade. These include various types of media texts, including newspapers, film and digital texts, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic performances and many others.

From 2023, all year 11 VCE students will be enrolled in Core English as their compulsory English subject. Literature and English Language remain open to students to select, but will become elective subjects.

English 3-4

  • How does the Australian media influence their audience through words and images?
  • Present your opinion on a contemporary issue in a short speech
  • Study texts, memoirs, film and the media

Subject Code: V2EEN
Year Level: 12

There are two areas of study for each unit: Reading and Creating Texts and Analysing and Presenting Arguments.

Unit 3
  • You produce an analytical interpretation of a selected text, and a creative response to a different selected text
  • We analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that present a point of view on an issue
Unit 4
  • You produce a detailed comparison which analyses how two selected texts present ideas, issues and themes
  • You construct a sustained and reasoned point of view on an issue currently debated in the media
What does this mean for me?

We build on the activities undertaken in Unit 1 and 2. You also compare the way two selected texts present ideas, issues and themes.


  • text essays
  • creative writing
  • oral presentations
  • expository writing
  • comparative response
  • exam
What sort of student would like English?

Someone who:

  • enjoys reading, responding in writing and discussing ideas
  • is interested in examining current affairs and the role the media plays in our society
  • likes to work with ideas, to think creatively and write extended responses
Suggested Pre-Requisites

Year 10: Standard English, Intro to English Language or Intro to Literature.

Year 11: English Units 1-2, English Language 1-2, Literature 1-2


VCAL Literacy

  • Learn literacy skills to apply to real world scenarios
  • Focus on building your reading, writing and oral communication skills
  • Gain skills that will be relevant to what field you would like to work in

Subject Code: V4ELI
Year Level: 12

What will I learn?

Literacy is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and attributes relevant to reading and writing and oral communication and their practical application in the contexts of everyday life, family, employment, further learning and community. Where possible, Literacy tasks are based on real world examples, making what you learn relevant to what you want to do after school.

Literacy skills corresponding with these social contexts include reading and writing for: self-expression, practical purposes, knowledge and public debate.

What will I do?
  • Read and write letters and emails, instructions, debates and learn more about topics that interest you.
  • Give presentations and listen to what other people have to say. When you have to do these things as a part of projects in other subjects you can even add them to your Literacy folio.
  • Suggest topics and will have input into how you demonstrate your learning.

Senior Students can undertake VCE English as an alternative to this subject (with English Learning Leader approval)