English

Find additional advice on learning from home in English. Students should ensure they are communicating regularly with their school and classroom teacher via your preferred digital platform for up to date advice on their course.

General advice for all courses

Students should access the NESA website for syllabus information, sample HSC papers and answers and the HSC exam packs. In particular, the 2019 HSC exam pack provides marker feedback for each section of the examination for all courses.

Students could use the past paper and sample paper to construct practise responses and self-assess based on the marker advice provided within the 2019 HSC exam pack.

Students should establish a wide reading program reflective of their current module of study and connect this to targeted imaginative, persuasive, discursive or analytical writing activities.

In relation to set texts, students should read and re-read the text and take notes in relation to the module statement. Students may focus on:

  • form, features, structure and/or context
  • the connections between one text and another in the case of Module A for Advanced.

Researching widely could assist this process as students develop an understanding of the conventions of particular forms, genre or composer context.

Key advice for students learning at home

  • Students should be reading a range of texts then responding personally - perhaps in a reading log - to the way in which human qualities, emotions, experiences and behaviour have been represented.
  • There is one prescribed text set for study so students could read/view this text and develop their deep understanding of its form, style and language features, as well as the context and purpose of the composer.
  • Remember in reviewing the text to further explore what human experiences spring from the text and add to your class notes any fresh observations and/or deeper understandings of what has already been explored in class.
  • Students can review their assessment from Term 4, taking teacher feedback into account, rework the task and build on understandings.

Other advice

Students should be familiar with the module description in the syllabus: Common Module - Texts and Human Experiences.

Continue to check the syllabus rationale and module description to ensure that you are following the course and its prescribed texts. Check the NESA site for updates and advice.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11 students

You will begin either Module A or Module B

For Module A students should:

  • Consult the module description in the syllabus and focus on developing an informed understanding of their prescribed texts.
  • Focus on deepening their understanding how narratives shape meaning in a range of texts from the past and the contemporary era.
  • Focus on how these narratives influence the way individuals and communities understand and represent themselves.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the context and its impact in texts. 
  • Students work individually and collaboratively to evaluate and refine their own use of narrative devices to creatively express complex ideas about their world and critically evaluate the use of narrative devices by other composers.

For Module B students should:

  • Develop their analytical and critical knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a literary text, through a critical study of their prescribed text.
  • Independently develop a reading journal and record personal responses as they read.
  • Critically and creatively respond to the texts by evaluating, analyzing, assessing and reflecting upon the way meaning is shaped and conveyed.
  • Investigate and explore the ideas in the text, further strengthening their personal perspective on the text.
  • They are able to express their informed personal view of the texts meaning and value

Year 12 students

You may be working on Module A, Module B or Module C - Craft of Writing.

  • For Module A students should:
    • Consult the module description in the syllabus and focus on developing an informed understanding of their two prescribed texts.
    • Independent work could involve research into the personal, political and historical contexts of the composers, as well as responding creatively to each text to develop an awareness of the values of each text.
  • Module B requires a deep knowledge of the single prescribed text.
    • To develop this critical appreciation independently students could develop a reading or viewing journal and record personal responses as they read.
    • Then students could research and read widely for critical reception of the text, then weave the two together in analytical writing that shows the development of personal response based on others' perspectives.
  • Most Module C prescribed texts are freely available.
    • Students could read, research their style, form and use of techniques then practise utilising these in their own writing.
    • Students can use the stimulus and writing activities on the pobble365 website to improve their creative writing skills.

Other advice

Continue to check the English syllabus rationale and module descriptions to ensure that you are following the course and its prescribed texts.

Review past papers and the comments from the marking centre on the NESA website.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11 students

  • You should be completing the Texts, Culture and Value topic or the Independent Research Project.
  • Students should continue working on their Texts, culture and values module.
  • Studying their texts identified as their prescribed text in class and reading a wide variety of texts to support their knowledge of their elective.
  • They could also concurrently be working on their independent research project. This is an independent task and could be completed (with refined and continued feedback by their teacher) whilst learning from home.
  • Students can use this time to source academic articles from State Library, with regard to their projects or topic areas of interest connected to their texts.

Year 12 students

  • You should be working in collaboration and independently through their Elective Study.
  • Students should have an understanding of whether the common module is being taught concurrently (with the other module) or a standalone.
  • Their elective (for example: worlds of upheaval, literary mindscapes, literary homelands, intersecting worlds) study can continue through analysis of the texts they are studying and reading a wide variety of texts to support their knowledge of the elective.
  • Students should be experimenting with critical and creative compositions that explore the Elective study.
  • Students should be working on their imaginative writing skills through short succinct styled writing, that accentuates the values and concepts in their elective and module.
  • Students should access the NESA syllabus and the 2019 HSC exam pack as this provides marker feedback.

Other advice

Continue to check the English syllabus rationale and elective statements and descriptions to ensure you are following the course.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

  • Focus on the major work and possible current focus area Literature Review and/or Critique of the Creative Process.
  • Students should continue working on their major work and access NESA syllabus and the 2019 HSC exam pack as this provides marker feedback for each medium and advice for future students.
  • Continuing to edit, reflect and review both the major work and reflection statement.
  • Students creating a multimedia text, specifically a short film may want to consider adapting their setting and characters to work with the current climate. 

Other advice

Continue to check the English syllabus rationale and elective statements and descriptions to ensure you are following the course.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11 students

You will begin either Module A or Module B

For Module A student should:

  • Consult the module description in the syllabus and focus on developing an informed understanding of their prescribed texts.
  •  Focus on developing a deeper understanding of the power of communication technologies in their prescribed texts.
  • Respond to and compose in a range of forms and features. They could independently or collaboratively design their own multimodal or digital texts to represent their ideas.

For Module B students should:

  • Develop their knowledge and appreciation of a substantial literary print text, through a close study of their prescribed text.
  • Independently develop a reading journal and record personal responses as they read.
  • Critically and creatively respond to the texts by analysing and assessing the way meaning is shaped and conveyed.

Year 12 students

You may be working on Module A, Module B or Module C - Craft of Writing.

  • For Module A students should:
    • Consult the module description in the syllabus and focus on developing an informed understanding of their prescribed texts.
    • Independent work could involve research into the way in which language has been used to represent identity in that key text.
    • Students should respond personally by writing imaginative texts that explore their own personal and cultural identity.
  • Module B requires a deep knowledge of the single prescribed text.
    • To develop this critical appreciation independently students could develop a reading or viewing journal and record personal responses as they read.
    • Then students could research and take notes on the specific features of the text's form, style and language that make it unique and engaging.
  • Most Module C prescribed texts are freely available.
    • Students could read, research their style, form and use of techniques then practise utilising these in their own writing.
    • Students can use the stimulus and writing activities on the pobble365 website to improve their creative writing skills.

Other advice

Continue to check the English syllabus rationale and module descriptions to ensure that you are following the course and its prescribed texts.

Review past papers and the comments from the marking centre on the NESA website.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11 students:

  • Continue working on elective modules, collection of classwork.
  • You should be familiar with the module description from the syllabus.
  • The key focus is on reading and viewing a range of texts related to that module and responding personally to them.
  • Students will need to develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted and edited so independent work here could focus on first drafts of imaginative, persuasive and discursive writing in response to stories, films and articles related to the elective module topic.

Year 12 students:

  • Continue working on elective modules, collection of classwork.
  • You should be familiar with the module description from the syllabus.
  • The key focus is on reading and viewing a range of texts related to that module and responding personally to them.
  • Students will need to develop a portfolio of texts they have planned, drafted and edited so independent work here could focus on first drafts of imaginative, persuasive and discursive writing in response to stories, films and articles related to the elective module topic.

Other advice

Continue to check the English syllabus rationale and elective statements and descriptions to ensure you are following the course.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11 students

You will begin either Module B or Module C.

For Module B students should:

  • Develop their knowledge and appreciation of a substantial literary print text, through a close study of their prescribed text.
  • Independently develop a reading journal and record personal responses as they read or view.
  • Personally critically and creatively respond to the texts by analysing and assessing the ways meaning is shaped and conveyed.

For Module C student should:

  • Consult the module description in the syllabus and focus on identifying and explain the purposes of the types of texts that are used in community interactions, workplace communication and formal learning situations across different disciplines.
  • Respond to and compose texts in a range of forms and features relevant to their needs and interests.
  • Students choose their own texts to support their learning of this module. They can utilise a wide reading journal to record their responses to their texts.  

Year 12 students

  • Continue working on Module B Language, Identity and Culture with the concurrent Module D Focus on writing.
  • Review past papers and the comments from the marking centre on the NESA website.

Other advice

Continue to check the English syllabus rationale and elective statements and descriptions to ensure you are following the course.

See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

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