In English students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language. Understanding texts and recognising how language works within them is necessary for success at school and beyond for an active, informed and fulfilling life in modern Australian society and the global community.  Students read, view, listen to, write, create, compare, research and talk about a range of text types from the simple to the complex. Students learn to control language by applying their understanding of grammar, learning to spell accurately and use punctuation effectively, as well as by imitating good writers and speakers.

Subjects offered at each level

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Flying High *

Star-Crossed Lovers*

Literature*

VCE Literature

VCE Literature

Gender Bender *

Creative Writing*

Script Frenzy *

VCE English

VCE English

Diving into the Rabbit Hole

Being Branded

Alternate Worlds

Fantasy, Myths and Legends

Heroes and Villains

Shadows

Newspaper Club

 

Space Odyssey

Skill Builder**

Popular Culture**

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! **

VCAL Literacy

* Extension English: These units will challenge students to develop their skills at a higher level. They  provide excellent preparation for VCE English and Literature

** These units focus on improving students’ literacy

English Learning Activities

Students will read a range of texts, including a novel and/or short stories and write analytical essays, personal and argumentative responses and give spoken presentations. Grammar, spelling and punctuation will be explicitly taught.  Class work will involve a range of individual and group-based activities.

Subject Selection and Progression Rules

  • Progression to a new level requires satisfactory completion of two units at the previous level.
  • Students who do not obtain an ‘S’ will either need to choose an easier stream or attempt the subject again.
  • Any English teacher will be able to give you more detailed information on what is required to
  • pass each individual subject.
  • The Oxford Dictionary Thesaurus purchased in Year 7 should be retained for use through to  Year 9.

Flying High (Extension English) Year 8 – FLY8?

Flying High (Extension English) Year 8 is suited to students who have undertaken Year 7 Extension English and those who wish to continue to challenge their thinking and understanding.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the themes of survival and individual challenges. Students will consider such things as coping under extreme conditions and physical and personal challenges. Through the reading and viewing of the set text and the completion of a variety of tasks, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, poetry folio, oral presentation, grammar and spelling.

Prerequisites: Year 7 Extension English or teacher recommendation
Leads into: Year 9 Extension English and Year 10 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 8; and ‘The 10pm Question’ and Poetry Anthology (school version)
For further info: M. Beddoe
Subject Cost: Nil

Gender Bender (Extension English) Year 8 – GEN8?

Gender Bender (Extension English) Year 8 is suited to students who have undertaken Year 7 Extension English and those who wish to continue to challenge their thinking and understanding.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will focus on the theme of gender and the stereotypes associated with the different sexes. Students will consider such things as how outward appearances and first impressions can be misleading, as well as examine the roles and expectations placed on men and women across time. Through play exploration students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, writing folio, oral presentation, grammar and spelling.

Prerequisites: Year 7 Extension English or teacher recommendation
Leads into: Year 9 Extension English and Year 10 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 8; and ‘Twelfth Night’
For further info: C. Davies
Subject Cost: Nil

Diving into the Rabbit Hole Year 8 – DIV8?

Diving into the Rabbit Hole Year 8 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time gaining an understanding of ethics, morality and philosophical ideas.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about important philosophical ideas, such as  how to judge right from wrong and the meaning of life. Students will understand the importance of logic and reasoning and learn how to argue effectively. Through the reading and viewing of various texts, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students will gain an appreciation of how novels and films can be a source of knowledge, entertainment, as well as a vehicle for meaningful philosophical ideas.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, oral presentation, grammar and spelling.

Prerequisites: Year 7 English
Leads into: Year 9 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 8; and ‘The Five People You Meet in Heaven’
For further info: C. Davies
Subject Cost: Nil

Fantasy, Myths and Legends Year 8– FAN8?

Fantasy, Myths and Legends Year 8 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time exploring texts from the Fantasy genre.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the fascinating world of ancient myths and legends. Through the reading and viewing of various texts from within the fantasy genre, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Students will gain an appreciation of the written word and how novels can be a source of both knowledge and entertainment.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, writing folio, oral presentation, grammar and spelling.

Prerequisites: Year 7 English
Leads into: Year 9 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 8; ‘Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief’
For further info: C. Davies
Subject Cost: Nil

Newspaper Club Year 8 – NEW8?

Newspaper Club Year 8 is suited to students who enjoy writing and who are interested in the big issues that make the news.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will study the features of print and visual news media and develop their report writing skills. Through the construction of a class newspaper, students will be involved in the process of researching and writing articles, as well as editing, layout and design.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, class newspaper, oral presentation, grammar and spelling.

Prerequisites: Year 7 English
Leads into: Year 9 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 8; and ‘The Hunger Games’
For further info: R. Clark
Subject Cost: Nil

Skill Builder (Foundation English) Year 8 – SKI?

Skill Builder (Foundation English) Year 8 is suited to students needing additional time and assistance to strengthen and refine their reading, writing and oral literacy skills.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn to develop their confidence and ability to use English. Reading and viewing texts and the completion of a variety of tasks will allow the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, group work, oral presentation, issues tasks, grammar and spelling.

Prerequisites: Foundation level Literacy or teacher recommendation
Leads into: Year 9 Foundation English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 8; novel to be advised
For further info: M. Beddoe, J. Browning
Subject Cost: Nil

Star-Crossed Lovers (Extension English) Year 9 – LOV9?

Star-Crossed Lovers (Extension English) Year 9 is suited to students who have undertaken Year 8 Extension English or students who wish to continue to challenge their thinking and understanding in the field of literature.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the world of Shakespeare, with close textual analysis of Romeo & Juliet. The course will involve students developing their skills through writing, reading, speaking and listening. This course aims to further develop an enjoyment and understanding of a variety of different text types.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 8 Extension English or teacher recommendation
Leads into: Year 10 Extension English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 9; and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Oxford school version)
For further info: R. Parnaby
Subject Cost: Nil

Creative Writing (Extension English) Year 9 – WRI9?

Creative Writing (Extension English) Year 9 is suited to students who have previously completed Extension English or who wish to extend their understanding of literature, linguistics and for those who enjoy writing.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about text genres and develop their creative and analytical skills in preparation for the demands of Year 10 English and Literature. Students will produce a folio of writing in response to current issues and selected text extracts from a variety of media as well as developing an appreciation of various writing styles through an exploration of classical and modern literature. This subject will also include an introduction to linguistics.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 Extension English or teacher recommendation
Leads into: Year 10 Extension English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 9; and ‘Paper Windows: A Collection of Short Stories’
For further info: A. Taylor
Subject Cost: Nil

Being Branded Year 9 – BRA9?

Being Branded Year 9 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time exploring the perspectives of people who have been labelled and stereotyped by society and the struggles they face as a result of being branded.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the different sub-groups which exist in society and will complete a unit of advertising, analysing its impact on branding, ideologies, groups of people and products in today’s society. Students will develop their language skills through writing, reading, speaking and listening. The unit aims to further develop an enjoyment and understanding of a variety of text types.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 8 English
Leads into: Year 10 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 9; novel to be advised
For further info: J. Browning
Subject Cost: Nil

Heroes and Villains Year 9 – VIL9?

Heroes and Villains Year 9 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time exploring what qualities and situations make a person behave like a hero or villain.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the role of heroes and villains throughout history and the effect they have on the lives of everyday people. Through the reading and viewing of various texts and the completion of a variety of creative and analytical tasks, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 8 English
Leads into: Year 10 English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 9; and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’
For further info: J. Browning, C. Davies
Subject Cost: Nil

Popular Culture (Foundation English) Year 9 – POP9?

Popular Culture (Foundation English) Year 9 is suited to students needing additional time and assistance to strengthen and refine their reading, writing and oral literacy skills.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about how modern Australia make sense of pop culture and consider how it has changed over the years. This subject explores ideas, attitudes, fashions and images in modern society. Students then examine their presentation, meaning and impact on society through various media forms.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 8 Foundation English
Leads into: Year 10 Foundation English
Booklist Items: Macmillan National English Skills 9; and ‘Jetty Rats’
For further info: S. Whitelaw
Subject Cost: Nil

Literature (Extension English) Year 10 – LIT0?

Literature (Extension English) Year 10 is suited to those students who have undertaken Year 9 Extension English and who love to read and discuss novels, poetry, short stories and films.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will be introduced to the skills and knowledge required in VCE Literature. In the process they will focus on the enjoyment and appreciation of reading that arises from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meanings of literary texts. They will reflect on their interpretations and those of others and develop independent and critical thinking skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Comparative essay, passage analysis, review and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 Extension English
Leads into: VCE Literature and VCE English
Booklist Items: English Workbook 4; and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
For further info: J. Hayward
Subject Cost: Nil

Script Frenzy (Extension English) Year 10 – SCR0?

Script Frenzy (Extension English) Year 10 is suited to students who enjoy reading and performing plays or who wish to further develop their understanding of script writing and its adaptation to film and stage.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will examine the work of famous script writers of both film and stage, such as Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, Eugene Ionesco, Sofia Coppola, Woody Allen, and Christopher Nolan. Students will be involved in a range of activities such as reading a range of short scripts, or excerpts, as well as developing and writing their own scripts for radio, stage and screen.

Assessed Tasks:

Research project, script writing, issues tasks, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 Extension English
Leads into: VCE Literature, VCE English and VCE Theatre Studies
Booklist Items: English Workbook 4; and Script Frenzy Anthology (school version)
For further info: J. Hayward
Subject Cost: Nil

Alternate Worlds Year 10 – ALT0?

Alternate Worlds Year 10 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time exploring different teenage perspectives.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the images of “ideal” worlds through novel, film and media texts. Students build English skills in written and verbal discussion and analysis of complex themes and issues in preparation for Level 4 or VCE studies. Writing styles for a variety of audiences and purposes are explored and practiced.

Assessed Task:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 English
Leads into: VCE English
Booklist Items: English Workbook 4; and ‘Town’
For further info: C. Ruddick
Subject Cost: Nil

Shadows (Extension English) Year 10 – SHA0?

Shadows (Extension English) Year 10 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time exploring gothic literature, particular the Dracula myth.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will be involved in a range of activities including reading and viewing a variety of gothic texts, including Edward Scissor hands, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. The reading and viewing of texts and the completion of a variety of tasks will allow the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 English
Leads into: VCE English
Booklist Items: English Workbook 4; and Sebastopol Campus English Anthology
For further info: C. Ruddick
Subject Cost: Nil

Space Odyssey Year 10 – ODY0?

Space Odyssey Year 10 is suited to students who are keen to improve their core English skills whilst at the same time exploring the key features of the science fiction genre.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about the characters, plot and imagery commonly associated with the science fiction genre. Students will explore classic short stories from such famous writers as Asimov and Wyndham through to modern writers of this expanding genre. Students will also view popular science fiction films Star Wars and The Matrix and will examine their contribution to this genre.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 English
Leads into: VCE English
Booklist Items: English Workbook 4; and ‘I Am Number 4’
For further info: C. Ruddick
Subject Cost: Nil

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! (Foundation English) Year 10 – AUS0?

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! (Foundation English) Year 10 is suited to students needing additional time and assistance to strengthen and refine their reading, writing and oral literacy skills.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will learn about Australian Literature through the ages. The novel Runner explores the world of crime and what it was like growing up in Melbourne in the 1800’s. The poetry and short stories studied are written by Australian authors and reflect the issues facing people coming to terms with the harsh environment in which we all live. This unit provides a fun, relevant and interesting overview as to what it means to be Australian.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response activities and essay, issues tasks, oral presentation, grammar, spelling and exam.

Prerequisites: Year 9 Foundation English
Leads into: VCAL Literacy and VCE English
Booklist Items: English Workbook 4; and ‘Runner’
For further info: J. Hayward
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE English Literature Units 1 & 2 (Extension) LI011/LI012

VCE English Literature is suited to students who have previously studied Extension English subjects or who have a passion for reading and exploring different perspectives on texts.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will: 

Discuss, debate and challenge how personal responses to literature are developed

Encourage independent and analytical thinking

Develop creative and critical responses to the set texts.

Assessed Tasks:

Students will be assessed on the following:

Passage analysis, comparative essay, creative and interpretative piece of writing, Scored Assessed Coursework, mid and end of year written exam.

Prerequisites: Year 10 Literature or teacher recommendation
Leads into: Units 3 & 4 English Literature and English
Booklist Items: ‘The Crucible’, Insight Literature for Senior Students, ‘The Accidental Tourist’, ‘Julius Caesar’ and Short Story Anthology (school version)
For further info: R. Chadwick
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE Literature Units 3 & 4 – LI013/LI014

VCE English Literature is suited to students who have previously undertaken Units 1 & 2 English Literature and have a passion for reading and exploring different perspectives on texts.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will:    

Discuss, debate and challenge the meaning of literary texts

Encourage independent and analytical thinking

Develop creative and critical responses to the set texts.

Assessed Tasks:

Students are assessed on the following:

Meaning of texts, views and values, creative written response, text interpretation.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored Assesses Coursework, 2 hour written exam in November.

Prerequisites: Units 1 & 2 English Literature
Leads into: TAFE, University or Further Education
Booklist Items: Chinatown (DVD), Peter Carey’s Collected Stories, Insight Literature for Senior Students (retained from Units 1 & 2), ‘Jane Eyre’, TS Eliot’s Selected Poems, ‘Antony & Cleopatra’
For further info: A. Taylor
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE English Units 1 & 2 – EN011/EN012

VCE English is a compulsory study for students who wish to complete their VCE or can be used to gain credit towards their VCAL program. VCE students must pass a minimum of three English units over two years.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will:                                                                                            

Develop critical understanding and control of the English language

Communicate in a wide range of situations

Develop skills to meet the demands of employment, further education and participation in society.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response essay, oral presentation, analysis of language, creative response, scored assessed coursework, mid and end of year written exam.

Prerequisites: Year 10 English
Leads into: Units 3 & 4 English
Booklist Items: Insight English for Year 11; ‘Macbeth’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, Skin(DVD)
For further info: R. Clark, R. Parnaby, A. Quinn
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE English Units 3 & 4 – EN013/EN014

 VCE English is a compulsory study for students who wish to complete their VCE or can be used to gain credit towards their VCAL program; VCE students must pass a minimum of three English units over two years.

Course Structure:

In this subject students will:   

Develop critical understanding and control of the English language

Communicate in a wide range of situations

Develop skills to meet the demands of employment, further education and participation in society.

Assessed Tasks:

Text response essay, oral presentation, analysis of language, writing for a variety of purpose and audiences.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored Assessed Coursework, 3 hour written exam in November.

Prerequisites: Units 1 & 2 English, English Literature
Booklist Items: Insight English for Year 12, ‘The Quiet American’, ‘Henry IV – Part 1’, Paradise Road(DVD), text to be advised
For further info: C. Davies, J. Hayward, B. de Bondt
Subject Cost: Nil

VCAL Literacy (Foundation, Intermediate or Senior) – VLIT1/VLIT2

VCAL Literacy is for students completing a VCAL program in Year 11 or 12 and covers the areas of reading, writing and communicating with others. The purpose of VCAL Literacy is to develop literacy skills and knowledge as they are used in social life, the workplace, education and the broader community.

Course Structure:

Students will complete reading, writing and oral tasks using various text types to develop a folio of work over the year. Students will express themselves, complete practical tasks, debate topics and research for content in response to novels, film, music, newspaper articles and excursions. Students who completed the program in Year 11 can undertake the course at Year 12 as it will have a different focus.

Assessed Tasks:

Writing Folio, Novel and Film Responses, Research Project, Literacy Skills Workbook.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall assessment will consist of:

100 Nominal Hours, assessment against reading, writing and oracy learning outcomes.

Prerequisites: VCAL program at Year 11 or 12
Leads into: Senior VCAL
Booklist Items: Sebastopol Campus VCAL Issues Book, novel to be confirmed
For further info: M. Hall, D. Layton