English Electives

English Language

The Y9@E English Language unit is designed with two purposes in mind:

  1. To provide an avenue of extension for students who enjoy and are strong in Middle School English.
  2. To provide a “taster” of English Language as a subject, to allow informed choice at VCE level.


The Y9@E unit provides a stepping stone to the Year 10 English Language unit. Both the Year 9 and Year 10 units prepare students for VCE English Language but they are not pre-requisite to the VCE subject.

The study of English Language provides students with the opportunity to learn about how English works. Students will look at the technical aspects of the language such as its acquisition, its development, grammar and register. Students will observe and discuss contemporary language in use as well as consider a range of historical and contemporary written and spoken texts.

A knowledge of how language functions helps to develop skills that are useful in any field in which attention is paid to language.

Coursework and Assessment

Suitable learning and assessment tasks in this unit may be selected from the following:

  • a folio of annotated texts
  •  an essay
  • an investigative report
  • an analysis of spoken and/or written text
  • an analytical commentary
  •  a case study
  • short-answer questions
  • an analysis of data.


Assessment tasks may be written, oral or multi-modal.  



The study of literature enriches lives. This study focuses on the enjoyment and appreciation of reading that creates discussion, debate and challenge. The subject explores the meanings and implications of literary texts. Students reflect on their interpretations and those of others.  

The Understanding of Literature is based on the premise that meaning is derived from the relationship between the text, the context in which it was produced and the experience of life and literature the reader brings to the texts. Accordingly, the study encompasses texts that vary in form and range from past to contemporary social and cultural contexts.  

The study of literature encourages independent and critical thinking in students who create both analytical and creative responses to texts.

 In Year 9 Literature and Language, students study the Holocaust memoir Night. Through this study, students analyse the historical setting, characters and themes of the text. Students also analyse how the writer uses language and literary techniques to convey the ideas explored by the text. This study culminates in an in-depth analytical response. Students study the poetry of Wilfred Owen and explore his life as well as execute an analysis of two of Wilfred Owen’s War poems, ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ and ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’. Students are required to complete a Unit Examination for this subject.

Areas of Study

  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening

Assessment Tasks

  • Text Response
  • Poetry Analysis
  • Semester Examination