GROUP 1 – ENGLISH A: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

The English A: Language and Literature programme encourages an appreciation of literature and an exploration of how language works within cultural contexts and the mass media. Through the study of language in both literary and non-literary texts, students expand their understanding of how language is affected by context.

The aim of the English A: Language and Literature programme at both levels is to develop the students’ power of expression in both oral and written forms. Students are given the opportunity to respond to language in a variety of forms, both literary and non-literary. Students are encouraged to explore how meaning changes, depending on the cultural context of the language being used. Students are made aware of different views and values espoused in texts. Students will analyse literary texts and explore how meaning is made through an exploration of literary features such as character, plot, imagery and movement. Through a study of mass communication, students explore non-literary texts such as text messaging, blogs and newspapers, and determine how language is used in these forms. The course encourages an approach of comparison and contrast as texts are studied in relation to each other and endeavours to promote a lifelong enjoyment and interest in literature.

Note: PLT refers to ‘Prescribed Literature in Translation’ and PLA refers to ‘Prescribed List of Authors’

Standard Level for English A: Language and Literature

1. Language in cultural context
A range of texts are chosen such as political speeches, postcolonial texts, myths.
2. Language and Mass Communication
A range of mass communication texts are chosen such as advertising, opinion articles, blogs, news coverage.
3. Literature – texts and contexts
Two texts are studied one of which must come from the PLT and the other must be written in English.
4. Literature – critical study
Two texts are chosen from the PLA.

ASSESSMENT
Internal Assessment
1. Individual Oral Commentary and further oral activities (30%)
External Assessment
1. Written task – internally set and externally assessed (20%)
2. Textual analysis – written examination (25%)
3. Essay – written examination (25%)

Higher Level for English A: Language and Literature

1. Language in cultural context
A range of texts are chosen such as political speeches, postcolonial texts, myths.
2. Language and Mass Communication
A range of mass communication texts are chosen such as advertising, opinion articles, blogs, news coverage.
3. Literature – texts and contexts
Three texts are studied one of which must come from the PLT, one must come from the PLA and the third can be freely chosen and may be in translation.
4. Literature – critical study
Three texts are chosen from the PLA.

ASSESSMENT
Internal Assessment
1. Individual Oral Commentary and further oral activities (30%)
External Assessment
1. Written task – internally set and externally assessed (20%)
2. Textual analysis – written examination (25%)
3. Essay – written examination (25%)

ENGLISH PATHWAY AT GGS

Group 1 - English A: Literature
Year 11 and 12 - IB

English
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

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Year 10

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Timbertop - Year 9

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Middle School - Years 5 to 8