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Recent English study guides

  • How to achieve A+ in Language Analysis: How the author intends to persuade their readers

    How to achieve A+ in Language Analysis: How the author intends to persuade their readers

    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
  • 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
  • Year 12 English – explained   

    Year 12 English – explained  

    Year 12 English is the one subject that counts towards your ATAR no matter what and this makes a lot of students nervous. If English isn’t your strength then here are a few things you need to know to help make your Year 12 English experience a little less daunting. Reading and Responding AOS 1: Reading and Responding is the area of study commonly referred to as the text study and it focuses on reading, understanding and interpreting texts. Reading and Responding demands that you undertake a comprehensive text study that culminates in you showing your understanding of the texts you studied in well supported and well written text response...Read More

Recent English Language study guides

  • What is an analytical commentary and how do I structure one?

    What is an analytical commentary and how do I structure one?

    As a VCE English Language tutor, students often ask me about how to structure an analytical commentary for their SACs. Well, today I am here to walk you through the process! It’s actually quite simple, however, sometimes the structure hasn’t been well-explained to students, and so I decode this process for you today. What is an analytical commentary? An analytical commentary is essentially an extended analysis that looks at the various linguistic features in the discourse (either written or spoken). The student then decodes these language features with the use of appropriate metalinguistic terms to describe what is occurring within the discourse. For example, you may see a lexeme ‘Davo’...Read More
  • How Uber is having an influential impact on our language…

    How Uber is having an influential impact on our language…

    By now, most English Language students would have had their first English Language SAC on informal language, which makes this post even more relevant!In terms of informality, people are very inventive and creative with their language when there is a pressing need to describe new objects or activities in today’s society. You would most probably be familiar with how technology has had a tremendous impact on our language, with the likes of ‘to google’ being created from the brand name ‘Google’ and so forth. In the English language, we call these new creations ‘neologisms‘ (coming from the Greek word to mean ‘new’ + ‘speech’). Linguistically speaking, to become a neologism,...Read More
  • 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