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VCE ESL. An Introduction to the Yr12 Course 2011. ESL vs English. There are only very subtle differences between the courses Final ATAR scores are on par with English scores Melb Uni and Monash Uni require an ATAR of 30+ in ESL as a pre-requisite for many of their courses - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • VCE ESLAn Introduction to the Yr12 Course2011

  • ESL vs English There are only very subtle differences between the courses

    Final ATAR scores are on par with English scores

    Melb Uni and Monash Uni require an ATAR of 30+ in ESL as a pre-requisite for many of their courses

    Scores in ESL / English are very important for allocating uni positions, especially borderline cases and second round offers

  • General Course Overview for Yr12There are 3 areas of study in English

    Reading and Responding (Text Study)Creating and Presenting (Context)Analysis of Language (Issues)

    All work completed relates to one of these 3 areas

  • The influence of the exam All tasks have some learningor purpose aboutthem that prepares youfor the final exam

  • Reading and Responding 2 texts will be studiedUnit 3 MaestroUnit 4 Interpreter of Maladies

    You will have 1 SAC for each of these texts

    You only choose 1 to write on in the exam

  • How to succeed with text studiesYou are NOT reading this text for enjoyment but for careful study: this changes the way you approach the text

    Know the text incredibly well

    Know some quotes by heart

    Ask questions about the text not literal questions but deeper questions

  • It is not enough to simply know the plot, the characters and a quote or two you must go deeper

    Repeating a learnt response will not help you

    Have ideas about the text, be open to new ideas

  • Assessors like.To think that you have taken the time to really engage with the text, to know it well and to have an original response to the question that is asked.

    For you to have a well organised response that shows you have planned carefully.

  • The big pictureEnglish readers love reading and discussing texts, be it books, movies or plays.

    You need to show that you are capable of doing this ina thoughtful way. This is the highest level ofcomprehension and is important not only for university but for successful social interaction in awestern culture.

  • Creating and PresentingThis is the Context section

    Our focus is on, Encountering Conflict

    The text that stimulates our work for the entire year is, The Crucible

  • How is this different from a text study?It is NOT a text study but you do need to know the text well. You know it differently.

    You consider the conflicts that the characters have faced

    You refer to a general prompt to guide your response

    Your written response is not limited to an analytical essay

  • Assessment for ContextYou will have 2 SACs

    You have one prompt in the exam to respond to it must make reference to the Crucible in some way but this is not the sole focus of the piece.


  • How to succeed with ContextBe open minded

    Consider this topic daily in all that you do and see

    Find something else to compliment this area from your own interests

  • Assessors likeTo read original thinking and writing

    To see that you have considered the prompt and worked with it thoughtfully

    To see an organised and relevant piece of writing that expresses ideas confidently

  • The big pictureThe Context has two main foci 1.To see that you can write creatively and expressively in a range of genresAnd2.To see that you can think deeply and draw on material from life today and that of texts, to respond to a stimuli

    It is the highest form of composition writing. It is teaching you to be confident to express ideas and accepts that your ideas come from many different experiences that you encounter.

  • Analysis of languageUnit 3 - assessmentPresentation of a point of view on an Issue in the Australian media - using persuasive techniques (Oral)

    ExamCompleting a Note Form Summary of an articleShort prose explaining how the author aimed to persuade the audience

  • How to succeed with Language AnalysisKnow a range of persuasive language techniques very well

    Read the Letters to the Editor in the paper and try and decide what the authors bias is

    Complete practice papers

    Try using note form summary abbreviations and styles when taking notes in other subjects

  • Assessors like To think that you have read and fully understood the passage you read

    To see a neat and organised note form summary

    To read prose that is thoughtful, sharp and shows you know how the audience was manipulating readers

  • The big pictureAs members of a western society, we need to be aware of when we are being manipulated by others. We need to be able to read something objectively and not take it as true. We are expected to question what we read and are exposed to.

    This is the highest level of comprehension, summary writing andcritical thinking.

  • General adviceGet organised

    Communicate with your teachers speak up early

    Pace yourself

    Revise material weekly even if there is nothing due

    Stay healthy and try and stay balanced

  • You Can achieve the impossible !