VCE English Language – ANZAC Day Text + Analysis

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VCE English Language – ANZAC Day Text + Analysis

I believe this is quite a timely message and coincides quite well; with ANZAC Day approaching, and EL students studying a formal language. In today’s article, I want to show you an example of formal language being used in a commemorative and persuasive context as well as how you can find real-life examples of language use all around you!

To give you some context, part of being a member of life is receiving mail. I went down to the bottom of my apartment to check the mail a week ago and came across an interesting piece on ANZAC Day – talking about the ceremony, dates and schedule for the day. It’s amazing what you come across in your letterbox. Tip: take a look at types of letters, brochures, advertisements that appear in your letterbox at home. You can then analyse this language 🙂


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  1. Read the above letter from MP Josh Frydenberg.
  2. Make annotations and notes of any observations on formal (and informal!) language. I would recommend structuring your annotations according to the subsystem to make it easier for you/
  3. Write an analytical commentary for this above text – you may structure according to the subsystem, context/function/register or by themes.

To help you with your annotations and observations of linguistic features, I’ll provide some hints and tips below:

  • Look at how both the formal and informal registers are used and interconnected
  • Look at the personal pronouns (our, we, us) and how this links to the commemorative purpose
  • Look at the semantic field (of what!): bravery, skill, sacrifice, freedom, values etc.
  • ‘Loss of life’, ‘Casualties’, ‘Peacekeeper’ – why not say ‘death’ instead? What is this known as and how does this link to the context/purpose?
  • Look at how the author uses ‘Aussie’ a few times. Why not just say ‘Australian’?
  • Look at the signature at the bottom – how this links into officialness and the author’s occupational credentials.

That’s enough from me! I don’t want to give it all away. Remember when finding features ask yourself: “if I was this author/speaker, why would I write/speak like this?”. Figuratively, put yourself in the author’s shoes. Think of yourself as Josh Frydenberg, and you should be able to come up with some great answers 🙂

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VCE English Language – ANZAC Day Text + Analysis

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