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Release of HSC English texts for 2019

Education Minister Rob Stokes welcomed today's release of the HSC English prescribed texts and confirmed that Year 12 students will be required to study a high quality novel.

"Quality literature has always been a key component in the range of English courses from standard to extension and this will not change," Mr Stokes said.

"Our Year 12 students of 2019 will continue to have opportunities to study a range of classic and contemporary texts such as Shakespeare, Mary Shelley and John Keats, as well as Tim Winton and Noel Pearson."

The NSW Government's Stronger HSC Standards reforms include a commitment to redevelop HSC syllabuses with a greater balance between the breadth of content covered and the time for students to engage with a subject in more depth.

After a significant period of consultation, the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) has reviewed the current HSC prescribed texts list to ensure students experience quality literature throughout the new syllabuses.

Earlier this week the NESA Board made an amendment to clarify the requirement to study a novel in Year 12 in English Advanced, English Standard and English as an Additional Language/Dialect.

"This new requirement mandates the study of a quality novel for the HSC," NESA Board Chair Tom Alegounarias said.

"The list strikes the right balance to allow turnover of texts and sufficient continuity for students and schools. The 101 texts on the list include 26 new texts and range from prose fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, film, media and digital texts across Years 11 and 12.

"I am also pleased that a range of contemporary works have been included that have outstanding merit and cultural significance."

The new text list is available on the NESA website at: educationstandards.nsw.edu.au

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