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  • VCE English Language: Features of Informal Language List!

    VCE English Language: Features of Informal Language List!

    By now, most English Language students would be studying informal language. Part of this topic is the ability to use metalanguage to correctly identify informal language features in both spoken or written discourse. Always remember that informal language encourages intimacy, solidarity and a social connection with the audience/speakers. To help you with this process, I have listed some informal language features below. Main Features of Informal Texts (Spoken and Written): Slang terms Colloquialisms Phrasal verbs (verb + preposition) Contractions Abbreviations/Acronyms/Initialisms Ellipsis Swearing/colourful language Discourse particles (like, you know) Interrogative tags Diminutives Simple and compound sentence structure – lack of complex/compound-complex sentences Inference Interrogative sentence types Non-standard orthography Capitalisation/Bolding/Italics Exclamation marks...Read More
  • Where should VCE English Language students focus most of their effort?

    Where should VCE English Language students focus most of their effort?

    A couple of weeks ago I conducted a workshop for VCE English Language, and had around 30 students attend the event. At the start of the workshop I asked all students to fill out a document with their strengths, weaknesses and what made them choose English Language over other Englishes. Below I post a summarised version of the results, and subsequently help pinpoint WHERE you should be studying this year. No doubt this will help you see where you may need improvement or where you think your strengths may be. Why students chose English Language over other Englishes: •   Most students stated that English Language was more logical, scientific and structured...Read More
  • What’s the difference between VCE English and VCE English Language?

    What’s the difference between VCE English and VCE English Language?

    VCE English tutor Lisa Tran and VCE English Language tutor Dmitri Dalla-Riva explore the differences (and similarities!) between the two English subjects. In regards to changing subjects once the school year has started: We’ve done a bit of research and it appears as though the deadline to change from one subject to another is determined by your individual school. Some schools have a deadline of only a couple weeks whereas others stretch it out a little further. Ask your school for exact dates if this is something you’re considering! Lisa is the creator and writer for VCE Study Guides. She is currently accepting Year 11 and 12 students for private tuition in 2015 –...Read More