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DESCRIPTIONVCE 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
Revise material weekly even if there is nothing due
Stay healthy and try and stay balanced
You Can achieve the impossible !