Centre for Continuing Education

HSC English Preparation Course - Standard (Part 2) (April)

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Module A: Experience Through Language

This course covers the set module: Experience Through Language and begins with close study of the Syllabus and Prescriptions. With that essential overview in place the focus is on close study of written, spoken and visual language in relation to the two Electives: Distinctive Voices and Distinctively Visual. This includes critical analysis of texts suitable for use as self- chosen texts, and close study of the set texts such as ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Henry Lawson and The Shoe-Horn Sonata, and the set films. As well as detailed and interactive study of the ideas and texts students practice their own writing with individual feedback from the teacher. Work on previous exam questions and answers is a significant part of this inclusive and detailed course about Standard English Module A: Experience Through Language.

This course is part of a 3-part series covering key areas from within this subject’s syllabus. Other courses include HSC English Preparation Course – Standard (Part 1) and HSC English Preparation Course – Standard (Part 3). Students do not need to attend all three parts in order to benefit.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Analyse and respond to the Syllabus and Prescriptions for Module A: Experience Through Language and the topic of written, spoken and visual language in relation to distinctive voices and distinctly visual focus in set texts; further related analysis in relation to material useful as self-chosen texts.
  • Critically analyse how language shapes identity and relationships with the world and others.
  • Analyse and comment on the particular language features and conventions that are part of the style, structure and meaning of their set texts and other texts.
  • Write about texts with critical awareness of their own use of language for different purposes and audiences.
  • Study and explore previous examination papers, questions and answers about Module A: Experience Through Language.


(Aligned to NESA Syllabus Reference Points)

  • 1.2.3. Analysing texts in relation to language and context, including the concept of distinctive voices in set texts such as the Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Paterson’s poetry, and the distinctly visual focus in set texts such as The Shoe-horn Sonata and Lawson’s short stories; composing texts to explore this learning.
  • Comparing the use of written, spoken and visual language in different texts including material useful as self-chosen texts. Close reading, discussion and writing in order to enhance students' understanding of form and style in relation to the concepts of distinctive voices and the distinctively visual.
  • 6.7.8. Critical analysis and writing about language in complex texts in order to extend students' command of their own relevant language and analysis of context and meaning, identity and relationships.
  • Analysing a range of language use and developing composition skills through collaborative learning, questioning and exploring texts and ideas, including the process of students' engagement with their own writing.

Intended Audience

Only current Year 12 students should attend this course in 2018. Changes to the Year 12 syllabus will be introduced in 2019. This course content is therefore not suitable for current Years 10 – 11 students.

Delivery Style

The course will use a variety of learning activities to cater for different learning styles. These will include lecture style presentations, audio/visual material, interactive discussion of relevant texts, sample HSC questions and answers, analysis of past student responses and opportunities for students to ask questions about the topic. What worked for past top/Band 6 students will be provided, with advice about learning the course material and study techniques. These lessons will incorporate both group and individual student participation, as well as teacher reading and comment on student writing.


Students will receive all the materials they will need for the course. This will include a course booklet containing extracts and a second booklet with previous questions and answers.

Course Evaluation

This course will be evaluated via an online student questionnaire delivered in class.

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