Language Study within an Area of Study and Texts for the English (esl) Course



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Language Study within an Area of Study and Texts for the English (ESL) Course




The Language Study within an Area of Study must be considered in the context of the Language Study within an Area of Study description in the syllabus, course objectives, content and outcomes. (Reread English Stage 6 Syllabus, pp 72–73.)


LANGUAGE STUDY WITHIN AN AREA OF STUDY

The Language Study within an Area of Study builds on and extends the development of skills in responding and composing undertaken in the Preliminary course. Students’ language skills, knowledge and understanding are reinforced and extended as they respond to and compose longer, more sustained and more complex texts at and beyond the literal level and further develop their understanding of the ways in which meaning is shaped in and through texts.

In the Area of Study students explore and examine relationships between language and text, and interrelationships among texts. They examine closely the individual qualities of texts while considering the texts’ relationships to the wider context of the Area of Study. They synthesise ideas to clarify meaning and develop new meanings. They take into account whether aspects such as context, purpose and register, text structures, stylistic features, grammatical features and vocabulary are appropriate to the particular text. (Reread English Stage 6 Syllabus, pp 72–73.)

AREA OF STUDY: Belonging

Prose Fiction


  • Baillie, Alan, The China Coin, Puffin,1992, ISBN: 9780140347531

  • Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer, Heat and Dust, John Murray/Hachette, 2003, ISBN: 9780719561771

  • Winch, Tara June, Swallow the Air, University of Queensland Press, 2006, ISBN: 9780702235214

or

Poetry


  • Skrzynecki, Peter, IMMIGRANT CHRONICLE, University of Queensland Press, 2002, ISBN: 9780702233876

‘Immigrants at Central Station, 1951’, ‘Feliks Skrzynecki’, ‘St Patrick’s College’, ‘Ancestors’, ‘10 Mary Street’, ‘Post card’, ‘In the folk museum’

  • Dickinson, Emily, Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson, (James Reeves ed) Heinemann Education, 1959, ISBN: 97804351502

66 ‘This is my letter to the world’, 67 ‘I died for beauty but was scarce’, 82 ‘I had been hungry all the years’, 83 ‘I gave myself to him’, 127 ‘A narrow fellow in the grass’, 154 ‘A word dropped careless on a page’, 161 ‘What mystery pervades a well!’, 181 ‘The saddest noise, the sweetest noise’

Specific editions of the set texts are listed. Schools, however, may use any suitable edition of the text selected, if the specified edition is unavailable. Where a text is quoted in an examination it will be from the listed edition.



Electives and Texts for the English (ESL) Course



Electives in the English (ESL) Course must be considered in the context of the module descriptions, course objectives, content and outcomes. (Reread English Stage 6 Syllabus, pp 73–78.)


MODULE A: Experience Through Language


This module requires students to explore the uses of a particular aspect of language. It develops students’ awareness of language and helps them to understand how our perceptions of and relationships with others and the world are shaped in written, spoken and visual language. (Reread English Stage 6 Syllabus, p 74.)

MODULE A: Experience Through Language

Elective 1: Australian Voices


In their responding and composing students explore the ways in which language is used to represent voices in texts. They consider the different types of voices evident in texts and how the creation of a distinctly Australian voice, or voices, affects interpretation and shapes meaning. Students will examine one prescribed text, in addition to other texts and examples drawn from their own experience.
Students choose one of the following texts as the basis for their study of the elective, Australian Voices.

Prose Fiction


  • Burke, J C, The Story of Tom Brennan, Random House, 2005, ISBN: 9781741660920

or

Poetry


    • Burns, Joanne, on a clear day, ETT Imprints, 1997, ISBN: 9780702223754 (available through Dennis Jones and Associates, www.dennisjones.com.au)

‘on a clear day’, ‘public places’, ‘echo’, ‘hegemonies’

  • Komninos, Komninos by the Kupful, University of Queensland Press, 1995, ISBN: 9780702226304

‘back to melbourne’, ‘hillston welcome’, ‘cobar, july 1993’, ‘eat’, ‘noura from narooma’, ‘thomastown talk’



MODULE A: Experience Through Language

Elective 2: Australian Visions


In their responding and composing students explore the ways in which language is used to represent visions in texts. They consider the different types of visions evident in texts and how the creation of a distinctly Australian vision, or visions, affects interpretation and shapes meaning. Students will examine one prescribed text, in addition to other texts and examples drawn from their own experience.

Students choose one of the following texts as the basis for their study of the elective, Australian Visions.


Prose Fiction


  • Goldsworthy, Peter, Maestro, HarperCollins, 2004, ISBN: 9780732281489

or

Poetry


www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au

Lady Feeding the Cats’, ‘Wombat’, ‘The Snow-Gum’, ‘Nesting Time’, ‘The Moths’, ‘The Fireflies’, ‘Waterlily’, ‘Cave Painting’, ‘The Tailor Fishermen’




MODULE B: Texts and Society

This module requires students to explore and analyse texts used in a specific situation. It assists students’ understanding of the ways that texts communicate information, ideas, bodies of knowledge, attitudes and belief systems in ways particular to specific areas of society. (Reread English Stage 6 Syllabus, p 74.)




ELECTIVES: ESL



MODULE B: Texts and Society

Elective 1: Living and Working in the Community

In this elective students explore the kinds of texts that are widely used in the workplace and the community. They respond to and compose texts appropriate to specific situations designed to meet students’ needs and interests. They consider what these texts imply about the nature of the workplace or the community in which they are used.


Students are required to read and respond to a range of types of texts, including: job advertisements; applications and other forms; information brochures and technical manuals; news reports and editorials; feature articles; advertisements; web pages; speeches and interviews; and other relevant texts. They are required to compose a range of types of texts, including: job application letters and personal résumés; work and accident reports; letters to the editor; letters of complaint, appreciation and request; advertisements and information brochures; feature articles; web pages; speeches and interviews; and other relevant texts. Students are also required to identify and explain the purposes and language techniques used in these types of texts.
Students are to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing related to the elective. The support document, Workplace and Community Texts (see www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au), provides examples of types of texts and may further supplement students’ study of this elective.

OR

ELECTIVES: ESL



MODULE B: Texts and Society

Elective 2: Academic English

In this elective students explore the kinds of texts that are widely used in formal learning situations. They respond to and compose texts appropriate to particular learning situations relevant to students’ needs and interests. They consider what these texts imply about the construction of knowledge in particular fields of study.


Students are required to read and respond to a range of types of texts, including: academic reports and essays; text books; discussions and expositions; scientific, artistic and literary texts; examination and research tasks; web pages; oral presentations; interviews; and other relevant texts. They are required to compose a range of types of texts, including: academic reports and essays; discussions and expositions; learning journals and process diaries; reviews; web pages; oral presentations; notes and summaries; and other relevant texts. Students are also required to identify and explain the purposes and language forms and features used in these types of texts.
Students are to supplement this study with texts of their own choosing related to the elective. The support document, Academic English, (see www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au), provides examples of types of texts and may further supplement students’ study of this elective.

Specific editions of the set text are listed. Schools, however, may use any suitable edition of the text selected, if the specified edition is unavailable. Where a text is quoted in an examination question it will be from the listed edition.





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