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VCE English

English Unit 3 and 4

Prerequisites

A study of a unit from the VCE English Group at Unit 1 or 2. 

Course Description

In Units 3 and 4, students read a range of texts, particularly narrative and persuasive texts, in order to comprehend, appreciate and analyse the ways in which texts are constructed and interpreted. English students must study at least four set texts. At least two of these must be in the form of a novel, play, collection of short stories or collection of poetry. Students also develop competence and confidence in creating written, oral and multimodal texts. They read and respond to texts analytically and creatively as well as analysing arguments and the use of persuasive language in texts. Students compare the presentation of ideas, issues and themes in texts and present a persuasive oral in response to a current media issue.

Areas of Study

Analysing Argument

  • Interpreting media texts in print, non-print and multimodal form.
  • Understanding the relationship between language and argument.
  • Developing critical analysis skills in speech and writing.

Presenting Argument

  • Developing a persuasive oral text for a specific purpose and audience.
  • Thinking creatively and logically about a socially important issue.
  • Understanding the relationship between language and argument.

Reading and Creating Texts

  • Identifying, discussing and analysing the features of texts.
  • Exploring how ideas and values are presented in texts.
  • Developing both analytical and creative responses to texts.

Reading and Comparing Texts

  • Exploring the meaningful connections between two texts, identifying similarities and differences between them.
  • Identifying, discussing and analysing the features of texts.
  • Exploring how ideas and values are presented in texts.
  • Developing written comparisons in response to texts.

Note: Satisfactory completion of all Areas of Study is required.

Assessment

Unit 3 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Produce an analytical interpretation of a selected text, and a creative response to a different selected text.​

Analytical text response essay.
And
Written or oral creative text response with written explanation.

60
Analyse and compare the use of argument and persuasive language in texts that present a point of view on an issue currently debated in the media.​ An essay that analyses and compares the arguments and language in two or more persuasive texts. 40
Total Marks 100

 

Unit 4 Outcomes Assessment Tasks Marks Allocated
(school-assessed coursework)
Produce a detailed comparison which analyses how two selected texts present ideas, issues and themes.​ A comparative text response essay. 60
Construct a sustained and reasoned point of view on an issue currently debated in the media.​ A persuasive oral presentation accompanied by a written statement of intention. 40
Total Marks 100

 

Note: In addition to school assessed coursework (graded tasks), English coursework must be completed to satisfactorily achieve the outcomes in each unit. This coursework includes reading and annotating set texts, writing reflections, and completing practice writing tasks.​

Overall Final Assessment

Graded Assessment Title Assessment Exam Duration Contribution to Study Score (%)
1 Unit 3 Coursework School-assessed   25
2 Unit 4 Coursework School-assessed   25
3 Written Examination October or November 3 hours 50

 

Reproduced by permission of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Victoria, Australia: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au