Year 10 English Pathways Remember…

Year 10
English Pathways
…to receive your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
you must meet a literacy requirement. You must pass an English
subject or the QCS Test in Senior in order to do this.
For more information…
Contact the Head of Department Senior English
Katrina Hundt
[email protected]
Our Vision
To equip students with the knowledge and skills
to confidently negotiate the rapidly changing, culturally
and socially diverse communities in which
Brisbane State High School students live.
English Communication
English Literature Studies
Q: Who should choose English 1 and 2?
A: Anyone who plans on going for an OP score for tertiary entrance
in Years 11 and 12.
English Communication
Q: Who should choose English Communication?
A: Anyone who is NOT going for an OP score in Years 11 and 12,
or anyone who struggles with the literary component of English.
Q: How is it different from English?
Q: What do students learn?
Units of Study
Unit 1: Representing Histories – analysing
and responding imaginatively to literary
texts that reflect particular historical
Unit 2: Visual Satire – inferring meaning
from visual language used in satirical texts.
There is a focus on the practical use of language to perform tasks,
use technology, and interact in groups, work places and the wider
community. This is different to English which has a more academic,
literary focus.
Q: What do students learn?
A: Skills that are highly valued
by employers or vocational
training institutions, such as,
literacy, technology, planning
and organisation, problem
solving, and working with others.
Students will develop the language and literacy skills required to
comprehend and create texts that inform, persuade and entertain.
Examples of text purposes studied:
Informing – reports, procedures, auto/biographical recounts
Evaluating – arguments, expositions, speeches
Unit 3: The Canons of War – celebration and protest in canonical
war poetry;
Unit 4: Deep and Dark Desires – evaluation
of the historical, social and cultural factors
influencing the tragedy of Macbeth.
Unit 5: Facts Vs. Fiction – analysing and
evaluating news media texts.
English Literature Studies
Q: Who should choose English Literature
A: Anyone who is interested in a rigorous
study of literature and reading practices.
Anyone who has completed Aspire English in
Years 8 and 9 and wants to continue with an
enrichment course for literature.
Q: How is it different from English?
A:The English Literature course offers different approaches to
reading texts and explores the literary theories that underpin them.
Students then apply these reading practices to a range of texts
(such as novels, films, or hypermedia texts).
Q: What do students learn?
A: The English Literature course is based on a framework which
draws on contemporary and historical approaches to reading and
constitutes them as: author-centred, text-centred, reader-centred
and world-context-centred.
Units of Study
Unit 1: Easy Targets – text, author and worldcentred approaches to reading To Kill a
Engaging – personal recounts, narratives, news stories
Students will engage with topics and resources similar to those
offered in the English 1 and 2 courses, however, in abridged or
visual forms. For example, students may use excerpts from the
novel and the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird to examine
persuasive language in speeches.
Q: How is student work assessed?
A: In English Communications there is an equal emphasis on
written and spoken language skills. The time and word length
requirements are lower than English assessment tasks.
Unit 2: The Creation of the
Teenager – reader and
world-centred approaches to reading canonical
young adult literature.
Unit 3: Rebel Girl – text and world-centred
approaches to reading and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays and
Unit 4: Words of Wisdom – author and text-centred approaches to
reading canonical poetry.
Unit 5: Literature of Social Comment – world-centred approaches
to reading literature such as Animal Farm and Of Mice and Men.