In English, students analyse the interrelationship of author, text, and audience, with an emphasis on how language and stylistic features shape ideas and perspectives in a range of contexts. They consider social, cultural, economic, historical, and/or political perspectives in texts and their representation of human experience and the world.

Students explore how the purpose of a text is achieved through the application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. An understanding of purpose, audience, and context is applied in students’ own creation of imaginative, interpretive, analytical, and persuasive texts that may be written, oral, and/or multimodal.

Students have opportunities to reflect on their personal values and those of other people by responding to aesthetic and cultural aspects of texts from the contemporary world, from the past, and from Australian and other cultures.

In Stage 2 English, the content is divided into two sections:

Responding to texts

Students study a variety of literary texts (both shared and individual) to develop an understanding of:

  • Language features, stylistic features, and conventions of particular text types
  • The ideas and perspectives conveyed by texts
  • The purpose of different texts
  • Comparison of texts

Creating texts

Students create texts that enable them to apply the knowledge, skills, and understanding developed through their study of literary texts in a range of forms.

The critical thinking and language skills developed in Stage 2 English will stand students in good stead both at university and in the workplace.

English is a 20-credit subject in Stage 2 and can be used in calculating a student’s ATAR. The assessment has three components:

  • Responding to Texts (30%)
  • Creating Texts (40%)
  • External comparative analysis task (30%)

Students are exposed to a number of texts including film, novels and poetry texts some of which are recommended and some which are sourced by students themselves.