Michael Russell
English Learning Leader

English is important for helping you appreciate diversity, develop sensitivity and, perhaps most importantly, contribute to the future of culture through your writing and critical thinking.

In the English Domain, we foster an appreciation for a wide variety of texts and empower you to focus on genre’s that you find enjoyable. 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.

English 1-2

  • Analyse how the media influence their audience through words and images
  • Learn how to write and perform your own persuasive oral presentation
  • Study novels, poems, film and the media

Subject Code: V1EEN
Year Level: 11

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

Unit 1
  • You respond analytically to one text and creatively to another
  • We look at the way language and argument complement one another and interact to position the reader
Unit 2
  • You study two texts and compare the way meaning has been constructed by an author/director/playwright
  • We look at the way language and argument complement one another and interact to position the reader
  • What does this mean for me?

Our class reads and analyses texts and completes written responses. You creatively write in a range of formats and styles, drawing on various texts. We examine particular media texts and the ways in which authors persuade readers to share a particular point of view. You read texts (short stories, novels, plays, films and poetry) closely and critically analyse the ideas and content. We also compare the way similar ideas are conveyed differently depending on the mode through which they are presented.

  • 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

Standard English, Intro to English Language or Intro to Literature.


English Language 1-2

  • How is language acquired from infancy?
  • Explore the theory that language is a system of signs
  • Learn how language choices are always influenced by the situational and cultural contexts

Subject Code: V1EEL
Year Level: 11

Unit 1: Language and Communication

Our focus is on the nature and functions of language and its use in communication, the five subsystems of language (morphology and lexicology, phonology, syntax, semantics and discourse) and on child language acquisition.

What does this mean for me?

We identify, define and apply a range of key terms to the English language. You use a textbook, as well as a wide range of texts from emails, blogs and text messages to speeches, advertisements, and legal documents. You examine how language is acquired in humans from infancy, and the stages they go through.


Unit 2: Language Change

The focus here is on language change especially within Australian English, the history and development of the English language, and the globalisation of English.

What does this mean for me?

We look at the history of the English language from its foundations (in 55 BC) to its status as the global language of the present. This includes a study of a range of factors such as Britain’s military history, colonialisation, inventions and cultural developments. You also study various pidgins and Creoles such as ‘Singlish’ and ‘Chinglish.’


  • short answer tests
  • analytical commentaries
  • essay
  • oral presentations
  • investigative reports
  • case studies and comparative tasks
What sort of student would like English Language?

Someone who:

  • Is exact, precise and analytical with their thinking and writing, has a wide vocabulary and reads broadly and has the ability to learn new terms.
  • Is interested in the structure of language and linguistics.
  • Enjoys the challenge of constructing concise, focussed analytical texts.

Someone who finds English difficult will struggle with the demands and intensity of this subject.

Suggested Pre-Requisites

It is recommended you complete Units 1 and 2 before Units 3 and 4.

Other Considerations

You are expected to work from the textbook, but also to read more widely from a range of sources and text types.


Literature 1-2

  • Examine the historical and cultural contexts of set texts
  • Explore how literary texts connect with each other and with the world
  • Consider the social and cultural impact of a writer

Subject Code: V1ELI
Year Level: 11

Unit 1

In this unit we focus on the ways in which the interaction between text and reader creates meaning. Your analyses of the features and conventions of texts help you develop increasingly discriminating responses to a range of literary forms and styles. You respond critically, creatively and reflectively to the ideas and concerns of texts and gain insights into how texts function as representations of human experience.

What does this mean for me?

You read deeply and thoughtfully about the way writers explore the human condition.


Unit 2

In Unit 2 we investigate the ideas and concerns raised in texts and the ways social and cultural contexts are represented. You consider how texts may reflect or comment on the interests of individuals and particular groups in society and how texts may support or question particular aspects of society. You learn to select and discuss aspects of the texts that facilitate their interpretation and understanding of the point of view being presented.

What does this mean for me?

You need to develop your own distinctive writing style based on your critical reading of texts.


  • creative responses 
  • comparative essay
  • oral presentations
  • passage analysis
  • discussions based on close textual readings
What sort of student would like Literature?

Someone who:

Enjoys reading and wishes to engage with texts on a deeper level. Someone who enjoys writing about their reading and wishes to extend their critical thinking the way writers convey meaning.

Suggested Pre-Requisites

Nil, but students who are strong in English are encouraged.

Other Considerations

The teacher may also be delivering content to other North East Catholic Secondary Schools: Galen Catholic College Wangaratta, Marian College Myrtleford and Sacred Heart College Yarrawonga. This enhances learning networks and expertise for both students and staff.


VCE VM Literacy

Subject Code: V3ELI
Year Level: 11