Year 12 Subjects – English

Level: Stage 2
Prerequisites: Year 11 English

Course summary

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 application of text conventions and stylistic choices to position the audience to respond to ideas and perspectives. They 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.

Course content

Semesters 1 & 2:

  • Responding to Texts - Three texts will be studied, from the following text types: extended prose, poetry, drama and film. Assessment is based on two written analytical responses and one analytical oral presentation.
  • Creating Texts - Students will produce three created texts (possibilities include a narrative, a recount and a persuasive feature article or opinion piece) and one writer’s statement.
  • External assessment: Comparative Analysis Task - 30%


  • 70% Moderated assessment for Responding to texts and Creating Texts Tasks
  • 30% External Assessment for the Comparative Analysis Task