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Recent English study guides

  • Why using big words in VCE essays can make you look dumber

    Why using big words in VCE essays can make you look dumber

    Over the years I have seen many exceptional essays. What has really surprised me in the past is when I compare high-scoring essays. In one instance, I read one English student’s essay (raw study score of 50) after another student’s (raw study score of 46). What do you think contrasts between a student who achieves 50 and a student who achieves 46 (bearing in mind of course, that these two scores are already amazing!)? For me, I had assumed that a major contributor to the perfect score of 50 must be better vocabulary. You would think so too right? NO! In fact, the student of 46 had embedded heaps of complex and amazing-sounding words in her...Read More
  • VCE English Text Response – Know Your Text!

    VCE English Text Response – Know Your Text!

    When it comes to studying a text for the text response section of Year 12 English, what may seem like an obvious point is often overlooked: it is essential to know your text. This doesn’t just mean having read it a few times either – in order to write well on it, a high level of familiarity with the text’s structure, context, themes, and characters is paramount. Authors structure their texts in a certain way for a reason, so it’s important to pick up on how they’ve used this to impart a message or emphasise a point. Additionally, being highly familiar with the plot or order of events will give...Read More
  • Quick Tips to Ace Language Analysis

    Quick Tips to Ace Language Analysis

    Whether Language Analysis is your favourite section of the English course or you just wish you could read an article without analysing the effect of a generalisation, here are some quick and simply tips to ensure you can maximise your marks in Section C! Improve your METALANGUAGE What is Metalanguage? – Words that describe language! For example: The words infer The words insinuate The words suggest Create a word bank full of different words you can interchange throughout your analysis to eliminate any repetition! Do not reiterate what the writer is saying Remember you are analysing the language the writer uses, not arguing the contention of the writer! Therefore avoid...Read More

Recent English Language study guides

  • Are there differences in language between the two genders?

    Are there differences in language between the two genders?

    Part of being successful in Unit 4 AOS 2 is knowing the differences in language between the two genders. In fact, in my opinion Unit 4 AOS 2 is the shortest AOS and most students comment that content studied in this AOS has already been learnt before. This leaves the topic of ‘gender differences’ as one of the key themes and areas. Today, I’ll be summarising the key differences in language between the two genders. Before I delve into the nitty-gritty of this topic, please understand the following features between male and female language. It must be noted, however, that these are GENERAL observations, and at times this may not...Read More
  • Australia’s linguistic regional variation – Does it even exist?

    Australia’s linguistic regional variation – Does it even exist?

    Australia is often characterised as being relatively homogenous (i.e. the same ) in terms of its linguistic variation. However, despite the relative homogeneity of the nation, there are some slight differences between the states. Though, it must be noted that this regional variation cannot be compared to the USA or Britain, where accents are remarkably different between different regions! So, to help you with your essays and including regional variation, I have conveniently categorised the regional variations according to the three subsystems. Lexicology Regional differences are often characterised by lexicon (vocabulary) rather than phonology or syntax. A medium sized glass of beer in Melbourne is a pot, a middy in...Read More
  • An ethnolect? What is an ethnolect!?

    An ethnolect? What is an ethnolect!?

    One of the key areas studied by students in Unit 4 AOS 1 is ethnocultural varieties in Australia, otherwise known as ‘ethnolects’. An ethnolect can be defined as a morphological blend of the terms ‘ethnic + dialect’, and is a variety of Australian English employed by many migrant speakers and subsequent generations of migrants. There’s a specific reason Australia has many ethnocultural varieties in existence – it’s simply due to our value of multiculturalism. Entirely new forms of Australian language are emerging as our accent adapts to the growing value of multiculturalism, says Felicity Cox, a phonetician from Macquarie University in Sydney. “Changes in accent parallel sociocultural changes, because accent...Read More

Recent Literature study guides

  • VCE Literature Close Analysis: What to include in an introduction

    VCE Literature Close Analysis: What to include in an introduction

    The 2015 Unit 3/4 Literature exam is just under 70 days away and it is at this point that students should be practicing Close Analysis essays and working to improve their writing. One of the most prominent questions I receive from students is this: “do I need to write an introduction?”. This is usually followed with “how do I write an introduction?”. Firstly, yes, I believe all students should be writing introductions as they are an excellent way to showcase your ability to provide an insight into your personal “reading” of the text, interpret the passages and allow you an avenue through which to begin your discussion of the material....Read More