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NSW Syllabuses

English Standard Stage 6 Course Description

Course No: TBC

2 units for Year 11 (Preliminary) and Year 12 (HSC).
Board Developed Course.

Exclusions: English Advanced; English Studies; English EAL/D; English Extension

Course Description

In the English Standard Year 11 course, students learn about language and literature by exploring and experimenting with the ways events, experiences, ideas and processes are represented in and through texts. Students study a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, digital and media, as well as Australian texts.

In the English Standard Year 12 course, students further strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by reflecting on and demonstrating the effectiveness of texts, including their own, for different audiences and purposes. Students study at least three types of prescribed texts drawn from: prose fiction; poetry or drama; film or media or nonfiction texts.

In this course, students will consolidate their English literacy skills in order to enhance their personal, social, educational and vocational lives.

Content

Year 11

The course has two sections:

  • Content common to the English Standard and English Advanced courses is undertaken through a unit of work called Reading to Write: Transition to Senior English. Students explore texts and consolidate skills required for senior study.
  • Two additional modules: Close Study of Literature, and Contemporary Possibilities in which students explore and examine texts and analyse aspects of meaning. 

Year 12

The course has two sections:

  • The HSC Common Content consists of one module Texts and Human Experiences which is common to the HSC Standard, the HSC Advanced and the HSC English Studies courses where students analyse and explore texts and apply skills in synthesis.
  • Three additional modules which emphasise particular aspects of shaping meaning and demonstration of the effectiveness of texts for different audiences and purposes.

Course Requirements

Across the English Standard Stage 6 Course students are required to study:

  • a range of types of texts inclusive of prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature, including a range of literary texts written about intercultural experiences and the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • a range of Australian texts, including texts by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander authors and those that give insights into diverse experiences of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • texts with a wide range of cultural, social and gender perspectives.

Year 11

Students are required to study:

  • one complex multimodal or digital text in Module A (this may include the study of film)
  • one substantial literary print text in Module B, for example prose fiction, drama or a poetry text, which may constitute a selection of poems from the work of one poet
  • a range of types of texts drawn from prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and digital texts
  • a wide range of additional related texts and textual forms.

Year 12

Students are required to study:

  • at least three types of prescribed text, one drawn from each of the following categories: prose fiction; poetry or drama; film or media or nonfiction texts
  • at least two additional prescribed texts from the list provided in Module C: The Craft of Writing
  • at least one related text in the Common module: Texts and Human Experiences.