The Summer Holidays and Formal Language Examples

The Summer Holidays and Formal Language Examples

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, here is my first article for December. Most of you will have either finished school or will be very close to finishing school for the year, so I hope you enjoy/are enjoying your summer break.

Most schools will give students work to do over the summer holidays to ensure that students are well prepared for the year ahead. This work is a lot more valuable than a lot of people think it is, as the hardest thing to do in year 12 is catch up if you have fallen behind. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you are prepared and up to date when you commence school next year as year 12 is the year with the most work (obviously), but also the least time to complete it all. In terms of this work, I would advise trying to get most of it out of the way early in the holidays if you can, so it is not hanging over your head and you can thus enjoy a few weeks off. Having said that, some people will want to do it later in the break, so it is fresh in your mind, which is also an effective way of doing it. Do whatever works best for you.

Moreover, in my last article I briefly addressed the significance of contemporary Australian examples to this course. As you would know, there was a Victorian State Election, and all election staff members were sent a manual outlining their duties. This manual is littered with examples and primarily relates to unit 3 AOS 2 (formal language), and I will now provide and explain a few of them.


In terms of coherence, the manual is very clearly formatted (Formatting is a feature of coherence). Within each part of the manual, the key aspects such as, “getting started on election day,” are capitalised with larger font and are aligned further to the left of the page, helping to make it easy for election officials to follow. This is important given the technical nature of election work. Additionally, key sections of each part are also bolded to help draw the official’s attention to pieces of information which are important to their work.

Further, the lexicon in this manual is also worth analysing. The manual uses extensive jargon to do with elections such as, “declaration votes,” (votes that are not ordinary votes), “ordinary votes,” (votes which are cast by an elector at a polling place in the division where they are enrolled), and the initialism, “VEC,” (Victorian Electoral Commission). Obviously, this jargon helps to convey information quickly and efficiently to election officials, who need to be able to quickly refer to the manual on election day. Additionally, the jargon also helps to ensure that the manual is very clear to election officials as to what their role is and what they will be dealing with on election day.

Anyway, that’s all from me and I will have another article for you soon.

If you loved this article, you will LOVE all of our other articles, such as: How To Take Notes To Maximise Success2U Maths Tips from a Past Student (98 in 2U Maths)! and Tips on Studying for Exams – LearnMate Tutoring.


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

The Summer Holidays and Formal Language Examples