12 English Literary Studies

Entry Recommendations: A ‘C’ grade or better in Stage 1 English. English Literary Studies is a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.

Content:

Exceptional communication skills are paramount to success in the workplace - lucky English is the study of communication. Students who study Stage 2 English will earn an extra 2 ATAR points.

Stage 2 English Literary Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through shared and individual study of texts, students encounter different opinions about texts, have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas, find evidence to support a personal view, learn to construct logical and convincing arguments, and consider a range of critical interpretations of texts.

English Literary Studies focuses on ways in which literary texts represent culture and identity, and on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences, and contexts. Students develop an understanding of the power of language to represent ideas, events, and people in particular ways and of how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions.

Students produce responses that show the depth and clarity of their understanding. They extend their ability to sustain a reasoned critical argument by developing strategies that allow them to weigh alternative opinions against each other. By focusing on the creativity and craft of the authors, students develop strategies to enhance their own skills in creating texts and put into practice the techniques they have observed.

School‐based Assessment 70%

  • Responding to Texts 50%
  • Creating Texts 20%

External Assessment 30%

  • Comparative Text Study 15%
  • Exam - Critical Reading (90min) 15%