Hannah Banks
English Instructional 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.

Students complete English as a compulsory part of their VCE Studies. From 2025, VCE English Language and VCE English Literature are offered as extension options via an application and interview process. Successful students can choose to replace Core English with English Language/Literature or complete it in addition to Core English.

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.


VCE VM Literacy 1-2

  • Focus on building your reading, writing and oral communication skills
  • Explore a wide range of text types
  • Read and create ‘real world’ texts

Subject Code: V3ELI
Year Level: 11

Unit 1
  • You will read a wide range of text types, learning about how they work and how to create them.
  • Improve your digital literacy, responding to and creating different digital texts.
Unit 2
  • You will explore how to read persuasive texts, identifying bias, values, and cultural conventions.
  • Research and express you own opinion in oral presentations.
  • Some will be set for you and some you will get a say in.
  • May include oral presentations, reports, journals, recordings, comparisons, research tasks, or digital texts.

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