Welcome to English Language 2019
This article has been written by Liam McAlary, a Years 7 – 12, VCE Legal Studies and VCE English Language Tutor at Learnmate. If you’re interested in private tutoring from Liam then please check out his page here.
Hey guys, this is my second article for the month of November and this article aims to provide a brief introduction to English Language 2019 (I figured advice to the English Language class of 2018 would be a bit redundant here as they sat their exam last week). This article will give some advice as to how I would advise using your summer holidays to prepare for English Language next year and provide a general overview of the subject.
English Language is a demanding subject, which requires an extensive knowledge of grammar and the, “how and why,” of language. Unit 3 is about language variation and social purpose, with Area of Study 1 focusing on informal language and Area of Study 2 relates to formal language. Moreover, Unit 4 is about language variation and identity. Area of study 1 is about language variation in Australian society whereas Area of Study 2 focuses on individual and group identities. In both units, each area of study makes up 50% of the unit and each unit makes up 25% of your final grade (totalling to 50% of your final study score), with the exam making up the other 50%.
On the topic of the exam, there are three sections on the English Language Exam. These sections are (as I am sure you know), a series of short answer questions based on a text provided to you, an analytical commentary on a different text, also provided to you in the exam, and an essay (you are given 3 essay topics and you need to write an essay on one of them). It is likely that your SACs will involve these skills as well, so they are worth working on from early on in the year.
In terms of your summer holidays, there are various ways that you can potentially use this time to help get ahead for the year. You will probably be given work by your school to do over the summer break, which is obviously worth doing. Additionally, I would also strongly advise having a good look at the study design and examining the key knowledge and skills for the course, as well as taking a very close look at the metalanguage for the course (perhaps even start making a metalanguage bank for yourself).
If you do not know where to find the study design, it can be found on the VCAA website: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/Pages/vce/studies/englishlanguage/englangindex.aspx#H2N1002C
Also, contemporary Australian examples are pivotal for this course, so it would be looking for some over the break.
However, it is also important that you enjoy your school holidays and have a good break. Year 12 is intense and demanding so ensure that you use the summer to recharge your batteries and enjoy the time off.
Anyway, good luck with your unit 2 exams (if you have not already done them) and that you enjoy a restful yet productive summer, ready to tackle 2019.
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