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.