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HSC Course descriptions – English

Course: English (Standard)

Course No: 15130

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Advanced); English (ESL); English (Extension)

Course Description

In the Preliminary English (Standard) course, students learn about language and literature by exploring and experimenting with the ways events, experiences, ideas and processes are represented in and through texts. Students study a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and multimedia, as well as Australian texts.

In the HSC English (Standard) course, students further strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by reflecting on and demonstrating the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes. Students study at least four types of prescribed texts drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction or film or media or multimedia texts.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course – The course has two sections:

  • Content common to the Standard and Advanced courses is undertaken through a unit of work called an Area of Study. Students explore texts and develop skills in synthesis. The common content comprises 40% of the course content. Students undertake at least one Area of Study.
  • Electives in which students explore and examine texts and analyse aspects of meaning. The electives comprise 60% of the course content.

HSC Course – The course has two sections:

  • The HSC Common Content which consists of one Area of Study common to the HSC Standard and the HSC Advanced courses where students analyse and explore texts and apply skills in synthesis.
  • Modules that provide elective choices, which emphasise particular aspects of shaping meaning and demonstration of the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes. Students are required to choose one elective from each of three Modules A, B and C.

Particular Course Requirements

In the Preliminary English (Standard) Course students are required to:

  • study Australian and other texts
  • explore a range of types of text drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction; film, media, multimedia texts
  • undertake wide reading programs involving texts and textual forms composed in and for a variety of contexts
  • integrate the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing and representing as appropriate
  • engage in the integrated study of language and text.

HSC English (Standard) Course requires the close study of:

  • at least four types of prescribed text, one drawn from each of the following categories: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction or film or media or multimedia texts
  • a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.

Course: English (Advanced)

Course No: 15140

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Standard); Fundamentals of English; English (ESL)

Course Description

In the Preliminary English (Advanced) course, students explore, examine and analyse a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and multimedia, as well as Australian texts. They explore the ways events, experiences, ideas, values and processes are represented in and through texts and analyse the ways texts reflect different attitudes and values.

In the HSC English (Advanced) course, students further strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by analysing and evaluating texts and the ways they are valued in their contexts. Students study at least five types of prescribed texts drawn from: Shakespearean drama; prose fiction; drama or film; poetry; nonfiction or media or multimedia; and a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course – The course has two sections:

  • Content common to the Standard and Advanced courses is undertaken through a unit of work called an Area of Study. Students explore texts and develop skills in synthesis. The common content comprises 40% of the course content. Students undertake at least one Area of Study.
  • Electives in which students explore, examine and analyse the ways in which texts and contexts shape and are shaped by different attitudes and values. The Electives comprise 60% of the content.

HSC Course – The course has two sections:

  • The HSC Common Content consists of one Area of Study common to the HSC Standard and the Advanced courses where students analyse and explore texts and apply skills in synthesis.
  • Modules which emphasise particular aspects of shaping meaning and representation, questions of textual integrity, and ways in which texts are valued. Students are required to choose one elective from each of three Modules A, B and C.

Particular Course Requirements

In the Preliminary English (Advanced) Course students are required to:

  • study Australian and other texts
  • explore a range of types of text drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction; film, media, multimedia texts
  • undertake wide reading programs involving texts and textual forms composed in and for a variety of contexts
  • integrate the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing and representing as appropriate
  • engage in the integrated study of language and text.

HSC English (Advanced) Course requires the close study of:

  • at least five types of prescribed text, one drawn from each of the following categories: Shakespearean drama; prose fiction; drama or film; poetry; nonfiction or media or multimedia texts
  • a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.

Courses: Preliminary English Extension, HSC English Extension 1, HSC English Extension 2

Course No: HSC English Extension 1 – 15160

Course No: HSC English Extension 2 – 15170

1 unit of study for each of Preliminary and HSC

Prerequisites

(a) English (Advanced)

(b) Preliminary English (Extension) is a prerequisite for English Extension Course 1

(c) English Extension Course 1 is a prerequisite for English Extension Course 2

Exclusions

English (Standard); Fundamentals of English; English (ESL)

Course Description

In the Preliminary English (Extension) Course, students explore how and why texts are valued in and appropriated into a range of contexts. They consider why some texts may be perceived as culturally significant.

In HSC English Extension Course 1, students explore ideas of value and consider how cultural values and systems of valuation arise.

In HSC English Extension Course 2, students develop a sustained composition, and document their reflection on this process.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary English (Extension) Course

The course has one mandatory section: Module: Texts, Culture and Value.

HSC English Extension Course 1

The course has one section. Students must complete one elective chosen from one of the three modules offered for study:

  • Module A: Genre
  • Module B: Texts and Ways of Thinking
  • Module C: Language and Values.

HSC English Extension Course 2

The course requires students to complete a Major Work.

Particular Course Requirements

In the Preliminary English (Extension) Course students are required to examine a key text from the past and its manifestations in one or more popular cultures. Students also explore, analyse and critically evaluate different examples of such appropriations in a range of contexts and media.

HSC English Extension Course 1 requires the study of prescribed texts (as outlined in the prescriptions document, HSC English 2009–2012 Electives and Prescribed Texts).

HSC English Extension Course 2 requires completion of a Major Work and a statement of reflection.

Course: English as a Second Language

Course No: 15150

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Standard); English (Advanced); English (Extension)

Eligibility rules apply. Please ask your teacher to check the Stage 6 English syllabus.

Course Description

In the Preliminary English (ESL) course, students acquire and develop specific English language skills, knowledge and understanding by exploring a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and/or multimedia, as well as Australian texts. Through this close study of text, students develop their understanding of the ways ideas and processes are represented in texts.

In the HSC English (ESL) course, students reinforce and extend their language skills through the close study of at least three types of prescribed texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and multimedia and a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms. Through this close study of texts, students develop and apply skills in synthesis.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course – The course has two sections:

  • Language Study within Areas of Study, which is undertaken through a unit of work called an Area of Study. Students acquire and develop their specific English language skills, knowledge and understanding through exploration of an idea or process represented in texts. The Area of Study comprises 60% of the content.
  • Electives where students develop and use their English language skills in their examination and analysis of particular aspects of shaping meaning. The Electives comprise 40% of the content.

HSC Course – The course has two sections:

  • Language Study within an Area of Study, where students reinforce and extend their language skills and apply skills in synthesis. This section consists of one prescribed Area of Study. The Area of Study comprises 50% of the content.
  • Modules which emphasise particular aspects of shaping meaning and demonstration of the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes. The Modules comprise 50% of the content.

Particular Course Requirements

In the Preliminary English (ESL) Course students are required to:

  • study Australian and other texts
  • explore a range of types of text drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction; film, media, multimedia texts
  • undertake wide reading programs involving texts and textual forms composed in and for a variety of contexts
  • integrate the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing and representing as appropriate
  • engage in the integrated study of language and text.

In the HSC English (ESL) Course students are required to study:

  • at least three types of prescribed texts drawn from: prose fiction; drama; poetry; nonfiction; film or media or multimedia texts
  • a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.

Course: Fundamentals of English

Course No:

2 unit Preliminary course of study

It may be delivered flexibly across the Preliminary and HSC years.

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: English (Advanced); English (Extension)

Course Description

This is a skills-based course with opportunities for flexible delivery to meet students' needs. The needs of students should determine all aspects of the course including areas such as modules studied, and texts and activities chosen. It aims to support students in their study of the English (Standard) course or the English (ESL) course and the English language demands of other subjects at Stage 6.

Fundamentals of English Course

Students undertake:

  • Module A: Approaches to Area of Study in English (Compulsory) and up to four additional Modules chosen from:
  • Module B: Oral Communication Skills
  • Module C: Writing for Study
  • Module D: Investigative Skills
  • Module E: Workplace Communication.

Particular Course Requirements

All modules involve a minimum of 24 indicative hours of study. Module A is compulsory. Students must complete a minimum of three modules. They may undertake other modules (with a minimum of 24 indicative hours of study) or apply the balance of time to additional work in the modules they have already undertaken.

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