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English Extension 2 Major Work fact sheets

Examination and assessment

External examination

Major Work (40 marks)

The Major Work must be a substantial composition. The composition may use any medium of presentation appropriate to the nature of the composition and must be one, or a combination, of the following: imaginative; investigative; interpretative; and/or analytical.

Reflection statement (10 marks)

The Major Work is to be accompanied by a statement of reflection on the intent, process and understanding gained from undertaking the Major Work.

Internal assessment

The components for the internal assessment are the two course objectives, with equal weighting. There are three assessment tasks, as shown in the table below.

  Components  

Tasks

Objective 1:
Skills in extensive independent investigation
Objective 2:
Skills in sustained composition
Total

Viva Voce addressing the proposal for the Major Work

5 5 10

Report on the impact of independent investigation on the development of the Major Work

10 5 15
Draft version of the Major Work, and reflection on progress to date 10 15 25
Total 25 25 50

Examination and assessment

Major Work Journal

Requirements for Major Work Journal

During the development of the Major Work, students are required to keep a journal that documents their processes of investigation and composition. It provides a strong foundation for students in the completion of all three internal assessment tasks, as well as in the composition of the Reflection Statement.

This journal must provide the following information:

  • a clear written statement of intention agreed to by the student and the teacher/school
  • reflections pertaining to the development of the Major Work.

Students are required to submit their Major Work Journal to their teacher at least three times at key points during the course.
If the final version of the Major Work varies substantially from earlier drafts, these changes must be reflected in the Major Work Journal.
The Major Work Journal is not marked but has a role in establishing the authenticity of the Major Work and will be referenced in the case of appeals being made to the BOSTES. The Major Work Journal is used by teachers to monitor the learning of the students and to provide evidence of the processes undertaken in the development of the Major Work.

Presentation

  • The Major Work Journal may be presented in either print or electronic forms, such as a blog.
  • Overly decorative and lengthy journals should be avoided.
  • The Major Work Journal should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Major Work Journal must be submitted by the student at the same time as the Major Work is submitted.

Additional advice

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Major Work Journal

Reflection Statement

Requirements for Reflection Statement

The Reflection Statement is a personal, critical reflection on the process involved in completing the Major Work and on the completed product. The Reflection Statement is composed at the end of the process and should be informed by the student’s reflections in the Major Work Journal. It must contain a minimum of 1000 words and no more than 1500 words.

The Reflection Statement:

  • summarises the intention of the Major Work and the relationship it has with the extensive independent investigation
  • must include an outline of the intended audience for the Major Work and the purpose for which it was composed
  • supports the Major Work, explaining the relationships of concept, structure, technical and language features and conventions
  • must explain the relationship the Major Work has to the English (Advanced) and Extension coursework ­– this can include the work undertaken in the Preliminary year
  • should explain the development of concepts during the process of composition, making the links clear between independent investigation and the development of the finished product
  • should indicate how the student realised the concepts in the final product
  • may be written in either a formal or informal register.

 Presentation

  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • The Reflection Statement should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.

Additional advice

The Reflection Statement should be attached to the Major Work. Students undertaking a Major Work in print or sound media are required to submit their Major Work and Reflection Statement in PDF format. Schools will then upload them to the BOSTES website via Schools Online.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Reflection Statement

Major Work – Print Medium

Short story(ies)

Requirements for Major Work

Students complete a short story or a suite of stories within a 5000–6000 word limit. The word limit does not include the Reflection Statement.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.
  • Bibliographies are not required. However, where works have been cited or referenced in the Major Work, these should be appropriately cited as an addendum attached to the short story(ies). (See Frequently Asked Questions.)

Additional advice

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Short story(ies)

Poem(s)

Requirements for Major Work

Students write a suite of poems, a collection of poems or an extended poem up to a 3500 word limit. The word limit does not include the Reflection Statement. Also note that:

  • the suite of poems should be linked in theme and/or structure
  • the collection could develop a single concept or diverse concepts.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.
  • Bibliographies are not required to be added to poetry. However, where works have been cited or referenced in the Major Work, these should be appropriately cited as an addendum attached to the poem(s).

Additional advice

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Poem(s)

Critical response

Requirements for Major Work

Students develop a critical response based on their independent research into an area of special interest of their choice within a 4000–5000 word limit. The word limit does not include the Reflection Statement, bibliography or footnotes.

The critical response could take the form of:

  • a critique of an author’s work; or
  • an independent investigation into an aspect of language; or
  • an independent investigation into the works of a particular historical period; or
  • an independent investigation into a particular paradigm related to the study of English; or
  • any other critical response approved by the teacher, which is an extension of the knowledge and understanding gained by the student in the English (Advanced) or English Extension courses.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.
  • A bibliography or reference list is typically appropriate to the conventions of this form and should be attached to the critical response. (See also Frequently Asked Questions.)

Additional advice

Footnotes need to be used judiciously and not as a means of expanding the Major Work.

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Critical response

Script – radio, film, television or drama

Requirements for Major Work

Students develop a script of a complete work for the medium of radio, film, television or drama. The intended performance time for the script must be 20–30 minutes.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • Scriptwriting conventions appropriate to the medium should be followed. The BOSTES does not specify a particular style or format.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement and as an addendum to the script.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.

Additional advice

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Script – radio, film, television or drama

Major Work – Sound Medium

Speech(es)

Requirements for Major Work

Students present an audio file and a print copy of a speech or combination of speeches. The audio file must have a playing time of 15–20 minutes and may include music and/or sound effects, which will not be included in the running time. These effects will be noted for their contribution to the establishment of the internal context of the work, but the assessment emphasis will be on the substance of the speech and the delivery. The audience for the speech must be specified. (See Frequently Asked Questions.)

The student presenting the Major Work must be the principal performer, sole writer and sole director/producer.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement and acknowledged as an addendum to the speech(es).
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.

Additional advice

The completed work should be directly and thoroughly tested for appropriate functionality before submission. It is strongly advised that the work be tested on the storage medium on a computer that has not been used during the production of the work to ensure that it performs as intended.

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format with embedded audio file.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Speech(es)

Radio drama

Requirements for Major Work

Students present an audio file and a print copy of a complete radio drama. The audio file must have a playing time of 10–15 minutes and may include music and/or sound effects, which will not be included in the running time. These effects will be noted for their contribution to the establishment of the internal context of the work, but the assessment emphasis will be on the substance of the radio drama and the delivery.

The student presenting the Major Work must be the sole writer and sole director/producer.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • Scriptwriting conventions appropriate to the medium should be followed. The BOSTES does not specify a particular style or format.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement and as an addendum to the radio drama.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.

Additional advice

The completed work should be directly and thoroughly tested for appropriate functionality before submission. It is strongly advised that the work be tested on the storage medium on a computer that has not been used during the production of the work to ensure that it performs as intended.

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format with embedded audio file.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Radio drama

Performance poetry

Requirements for Major Work

Students present an audio file and a print copy of a complete poetry performance. The audio file must have a playing time of 8–10 minutes and may include music and/or sound effects, which will not be included in the running time. These effects will be noted for their contribution to the establishment of the internal context of the work, but the assessment emphasis will be on the substance of the performance poetry and the delivery.

The student presenting the Major Work must be the principal performer, sole writer and sole director/producer.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • All appropriated or non-original material must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement and as an addendum to the poetry.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.

Additional advice

The completed work should be directly and thoroughly tested for appropriate functionality before submission. It is strongly advised that the work be tested on the storage medium on a computer that has not been used during the production of the work to ensure that it performs as intended.

The Major Work with Reflection Statement attached should be submitted to the school in PDF format with embedded audio file.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Performance poetry

Major Work – Visual Medium

Video

Requirements for Major Work

Students present a video exploring a concept or notion that is an extension of the knowledge and understanding gained in the English (Advanced) or Extension courses. The video is submitted as a digital file that has a playing time of 6–8 minutes. Students must also submit a print copy of the script, using scriptwriting conventions appropriate to the medium.

The student presenting the Major Work must be the sole writer and director.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • The video must be submitted as a digital file in the format advised annually by the BOSTES.
  • All appropriated or non-original material, such as images, music, programming equipment or software, must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement, in the credits of the video and as an addendum to the print copy of the script.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.

Additional advice

The completed work should be directly and thoroughly tested for appropriate functionality before submission. It is strongly advised that the work be tested on the storage device on a computer that has not been used during the production of the work to ensure that it performs as intended.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Video

Major Work – Digital Media

Digital media

Requirements for Major Work

Students present a digital media composition exploring a concept or notion that is an extension of the knowledge and understanding gained in the English (Advanced) or Extension courses. Digital media compositions can use a wide variety of digital tools to create interactive texts. The digital file must have media content viewable within 20 minutes. Students must also submit a hard copy of a flowchart, logic map or storyboard with the Major Work.

The student presenting the Major Work must be the sole composer. All files and links are to be established and created by the student.

Presentation

  • Cover sheet with school number, candidate number and title of the work(s).
  • A4 paper with pages numbered.
  • Font size 12, Arial or Times New Roman, double-spaced, text colour – black.
  • The digital media composition must be submitted as a digital file in the format advised annually by the BOSTES. Technical specifications and installation and running instructions must also be submitted.
  • All appropriated or non-original material, such as images, music, programming equipment or software, must be acknowledged in the Reflection Statement and as an addendum to the hard copy flowchart, logic map or storyboard.
  • The Major Work should not identify the student (except by candidate number and school number), or any other students, teachers or the school.
  • The Reflection Statement has a 1000–1500 word limit.

Additional advice

The digital media composition must be able to function directly from the digital file. Submitted work cannot be copied to a hard drive to improve playback performance. The work must be designed for playback and interaction not requiring specialist hardware or software such as high performance cards or software drivers. Any applications must run on current Apple Macintosh or Microsoft Windows operating systems directly from the storage medium.

The completed work should be directly and thoroughly tested for appropriate functionality before submission. It is strongly advised that the work be tested on the storage device on a computer that has not been used during the production of the work to ensure that it performs as intended.

This fact sheet should be read in conjunction with the following documents, which can be accessed on the BOSTES website:

Digital media

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