English (7 – 12)
Study of English is compulsory for all students Years 7 to 12, and the English score will constitute part of each student’s final Study Score in VCE.
At Years 7 to 10 students study three strands in English: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and they are assessed according to VELS levels. For a number of years now, Monbulk College students have achieved above state average in our Reading results 7 to 10.
In English, students will explore a range of texts including novels, plays, short stories, film, poetry and media texts. English extension classes currently run for those students achieving at a high level, which allows more time for teachers to work one on one with the remaining students.
Skills that students develop in English are the use of correct English, writing with a specific purpose, using language effectively, comprehension, speaking and listening, analysis, imagination and creativity.
At VCE the three Areas of Study are Reading and Responding, Creating and Presenting and Using Language to Persuade. Year 11 is internally assessed and Year 12 has final exams that are externally assessed. Monbulk College has a proud history of achieving at or above the state average study score in English.
The English faculty coordinates a debating program for students 7 to 12, encourages students to participate in writing competitions and we individualise learning by running Literature Circles in Years 7 and 8. A number of our junior students participate in the Premiers Reading Challenge each year.
Literature (10 – 12)
Literature is offered in Years 10 to 12 for students interested in reading and analysing challenging texts.
In Year 10 students experience texts and activities that link to the outcomes in the VCE Study Design. This includes the study of a wide range of genres including poetry, novels, plays, short story, nonfiction, the comparing of film and written texts, criticism of other viewpoints and creative writing.
All students are required to study VCE English at Units 1 & 2 level, and they may opt to study Literature also. At the VCE level Literature outcomes include analysing the views, values and language in a text, analysing how form changes meaning, and evaluating different interpretations. Students are also asked to respond personally and imaginatively to texts.
In Units 3 & 4, students can study Literature or English or both to gain their 3 & 4 sequence in English, which is included in their ATAR score.