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Year 10 English



There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description

Year 10 English students are asked to create, study and respond critically to spoken, written and visual texts created for a wide range of audiences and purposes. Students explore the conscious decisions that writers and speakers make when constructing texts and consider the impacts of these decisions.

The course comprises both a close examination of the socio-cultural dimensions of language, as well as a study of the techniques and languages of critical analysis. Through writing, discussion and online tools students are asked to explore and interpret different perspectives on complex issues, analysing how texts are likely to be interpreted by different groups developing a critical understanding of the contextual factors involved in the construction and interpretation of texts. Students are provided with the opportunity to listen to and produce a range of spoken texts in a variety of formal and informal situations as well as examining the variety of ways in which spoken language influences audiences.

This course incorporates elements of both the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Australian Curriculum and prepares students for a range of IB and VCE pathways beyond Year 10.

Essential Questions

  • How are the structures, features and conventions of texts used to construct meaning?
  • How might texts be interpreted in multiple ways by readers or viewers?
  • How is language used to shape thought, explore ideas and construct identities?
  • How is language altered to suit different styles, purposes and audiences?

Areas of Study

Each of the following areas of study focusses on developing the student's skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing.


  • Students study the conventions for structuring and organising texts and the ways that grammatical devices can be used to influence meaning.
  • Focus on how language can be used to empower or disempower people, and on the inclusive and exclusive effects of language used in social interaction.
  • Students consider the way English has changed over time, in both Australian and global settings.


  • Students develop their understanding of and appreciation for literature, as well as their ability to respond to, analyse and create literary works.  
  • Students analyse how structures and features within a text can influence an audience’s response, as well as considering others’ interpretations of literature.
  • Students study how they explain how texts are shaped by the time, place and cultural setting in which they are created.
  • Using this analysis and understanding, students will create literary texts by selecting appropriate structures and literary devices.


  • Students develop their capacity to interpret and create texts with appropriateness, accuracy, confidence, fluency and efficacy, adapting language to meet the demands of general or specialised purposes, audiences and contexts.
  • Students learn the range of strategies, structures and features available in speech and in writing and are able to choose from these to communicate effectively.
  • They are able to interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of texts, and can create written, spoken and digital texts in a range of forms.


Task Description
Responding to texts, including discussion on how meaning is constructed, in oral, multimodal and written forms. The completion of oral and written responses to texts, including text response essays, digital scene analyses, written passage analysis and persuasive or creative responses.
Exploring complex ideas and issues through writing in a range of styles for different purposes and audiences. The completion of a writing folio, linguistic transcript, reflective writing and written responses to texts. Reading and annotation of set texts.
Understanding of the spoken mode and development of effective speaking and listening strategies. A range of activities, including oral pitches, creation of online spoken texts, collaborative workshops with peers and researching the spoken language used in interaction.
Semester Exam Students undertake an examination at the conclusion of the course.


Note: In addition to graded tasks, the 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.