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Recent English study guides
- We are well into the second half of Semester 1 and for Year 12 students, the Mt Everest that is the final English examination is approximately 6 months away. Though most students are at this stage comfortable with the text response aspect of English, many tend to struggle with the notion of “answering the prompt”. When working to correct this issue, it is important to understand the VCAA English Study Design brief for text response which outlines its examination criteria as being: detailed knowledge and understanding of the selected text, demonstrated appropriately in response to the task development in the writing of a coherent and effective structure in response to...Read More
- We’ve all been doing Text Response essays from as young as Year 7. At this point in VCE, we should be feeling relatively comfortable with tackling themes and characters in our essays. However, the danger with just discussing themes and characters is that we often fall into the trap of simply paraphrasing the novel, or retelling the story. So how do we elevate our essays to become more sophisticated and complex analyses that offer insight? An important distinction to be aware of is that the expectation of Year 11 English was geared more toward themes and characters. However in Year 12, teachers and examiners expect students to focus on the...Read More
- For many VCE Students, Language Analysis is most commonly their ‘weakest’ section out of all three parts of VCE English. Throughout my years of tutoring, when I’ve asked these students why they struggle, they usually blame the difficulty in grasping the most important component of Language Analysis: Understanding how the author intends to persuade their readers. You’ll see that I have italicised the words, ‘how’ and ‘intends’ in the above statement to highlight where your focus needs to be. If you’re currently trying to get your head around Language Analysis, or if you don’t understand where you’re going wrong, don’t worry. We’re going to look at the incorrect assumptions students make about Language Analysis,...Read More
Recent English Language study guides
- By now, most English Language students would be studying formal language. You may or may not be assessed on language manipulation as some schools may or may not conduct essay SACs for this AOS. However, even if you aren’t assessed on language manipulation in this AOS, then you will definitely need to have a solid understanding of it for the end of year examinations! First let’s define what obfuscation and manipulation actually mean: Obfuscate: “the obscuring of intended meaning in communication, making the message confusing, willfully ambiguous, or harder to understand.“ Manipulation: “to manage or influence skillfully, especially in an unfair manner.” So there you have it. Obfuscation and manipulation...Read More
- By now, most English Language students would be studying formal language. Part of this topic is the ability to use metalanguage to correctly identify formal language features in both spoken or written discourse. Always remember that formal language generally has the following characteristics: It’s generally less ambiguous (i.e. clearer) It’s generally more cohesive (glued together better) More explicit Often reinforces increased social distance and relationship hierarchies (i.e. dominance) Promotes a user’s authority and expertise (i.e. think of jargon) It clarifies, manipulates or even obfuscates (confuses) It can negotiate social taboos, that is it can be used to avoid offending certain groups in society. To help you with this process, I...Read More
- As an English Language tutor, I get asked this question quite frequently. It’s more of a conundrum than one would initially think. However, once dissected into an understandable answer, it should therefore make sense. Recall that both coherence and cohesion come under the subsystem of discourse. COHERENCE – SEMANTIC PROPERTY Coherence is a quality of a piece of text that makes it meaningful in the minds of the readers. When the text begins to make sense on the whole, it is said to be coherent. If the readers can follow and understand a text easily, it obviously has coherence. Rather than the text appearing linked together perfectly, it is the...Read More