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English & EAL

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

English texts and language constitute the central and essential concepts.

Years 7 & 8

In Years 7 and 8 students focus equally on creating and analysing texts, understanding and interpreting texts, and moving beyond interpretation to reflection and critical analysis.

The concept of language includes the use of language and the development of linguistic competence, and the development of knowledge about language. Students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to persuade, to entertain and to argue.

English at Penola Catholic College is based on the Victorian Curriculum F-10, which provide a framework for organising the curriculum in schools.

The Standards identify what is important for students to achieve at different stages of their schooling, set standards for those achievements and provide a clear basis for reporting to parents and for planning programs.

Years 9 & 10

The Year 9 and 10 program encourages the extension of language skills by developing the capacity to speak and write effectively for a range of purposes and audiences.

Students are required to undertake activities which assist them to:

  • plan and organise their work;
  • monitor their progress and set and review goals for improving their use of language;
  • develop confidence and competence in writing for a range of purposes and audiences in a variety of forms;
  • enjoy, comprehend and develop critical appreciation of a range of texts;
  • develop and refine personal responses effectively in a variety of forms;
  • consider critically a range of material and respond to it effectively from a personal point of view and extend their capabilities to communicate both orally and in writing.

VCE level

At VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) level students are able to specialise in the subjects outlined below, for more information on each subject please click on the subject that you'd like to learn more about.

  • The study of English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) is designed to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of social views and values through the study of the English Language.

    This study aims to enable students to develop their critical understanding and control of the English language so that they can use it in a wide range of situations, ranging from personal and informal to more public occasions and to develop a level of competence adequate for the demands of post-school employment, further education, and participation in a democratic society.

    Unit 1 & 2

    The focus of both units is on reading and responding to a variety of texts, to analyse, use persuasive language effectively and create writing pieces in a variety of writing styles.

    Unit 3

    This unit will focus on the development of critical responses to both literary and non-literary texts. These include media texts, and the use of oral language to interact positively, critically and confidently with audiences in formal and informal settings.

    Unit 4

    The emphasis of this unit is the development of critical responses to both literary and non-literary texts, and the achievement of competence and confidence in writing for different purposes and audiences, in a variety of forms.
    Although this unit does not include oral communication as a separate area of study, oral work will continue to be an important element of classroom practice for this unit.

  • Among the means of communication used by people, language occupies a unique and central place.

    Language serves many purposes: to inform others, to make enquiries, to carry out transactions, to establish and maintain relationships and to preserve knowledge and traditions. This study aims to combine learning about the nature of language in human thought and communication with learning how to use English more effectively and creatively. This study will assist students to develop their knowledge about the nature and functions of the English language.

    Students career paths include:- advertising, child care, communication, journalism, linguistics, teaching, science and those who wish to further develop their analytical skills, could particularly benefit by undertaking English Language.

    Unit 1

    Students will study:

    • Language and its use in communication Identifying and describing primary aspects of the nature and function of language
    • Examining how language is organised so that language users can make sense of their experience and have contact with others
    • Analysing what children learn when they acquire language
    • Explaining a range of perspectives on how language is acquired

    Unit 2

    Students will study:

    • How language change occurs
    • Analysing attitudes to language change
    • Identifying changes in each of the subsystems of language through a historical study of English
    • Investigating the effects of the globalisation of English

    Unit 3

    Students will study:

    • Language in its social setting
    • How language reflects society
    • How language varies according to both user and its occasion of use
    • Language as a means of societal interaction
    • As a means of identifying and defining individual and group membership

    Unit 4

    Students will study:

    • Texts in their context
    • Interrelationship between words, sentences and text
    • Grammatical and discourse structure of language
    • Choice and meanings of words within texts
  • Literature focuses on enjoying and appreciating novels, plays, poems and scripts which use language to imaginatively recreate and interpret human experiences.

    Students will develop an enjoyment of literature by observing how various writers go about the task of writing and how we gain an understanding of what they write. If you have a love of books, want to understand a writer’s mind or merely enjoy challenging and questioning texts, then literature is for you. Careers in journalism, public affairs and advertising would benefit from having a literature background.

    Unit 1

    Unit 1 enables students to develop highly effective reading strategies. Students will examine in depth how the ideas, views and values presented in Literature relate to one’s own life. This unit covers a variety of Literature spanning from the late sixteenth century to 1950.

    Unit 2

    Unit 2 enables students to develop reading strategies and personal responses to Literature and develop an understanding of how themes and issues comment upon and critique personal and social experiences. This unit
    focuses primarily on texts produced before 1950.

    Unit 3 & 4

    Units 3 and 4 Literature will focus on exploring and making sense of human experiences.

    Questions such as:

      • What seem to be the main ideas and preoccupations of the text?
      • What does the text’s representation of characters and events suggest about the views and values of the text?
      • This unit will involve such questions and encourage you to analyse a range of texts, develop skills in reading

    closely and critically, and discussing and debating various ways of interpreting and evaluating texts.

Junior Campus:
35 William St., Glenroy, VIC 3046
Senior Campus:
29 Gibson St., Broadmeadows, VIC 3047
Postal Address:
PO Box 637, Glenroy, VIC 3046

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