Centre for Continuing Education

Years 10-12 Course: Improving English for Writing

Years 10-12 study and essay skills. The smart way to prepare for your HSC.

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Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

This two-day course is designed to improve written English for a wide range of students in Years 10 to 12 – including students with English as a first language and students with other language backgrounds.

The course begins with revision of different kinds of speech and writing in English with a focus on the range from conversational speech to educated formal English. We continue with revision of practical English grammar followed by sentence structure, vocabulary and spelling issues, and punctuation. The course includes writing by the students and teacher advice about each student’s writing strengths and areas for improvement.

The second half of the course continues to more complicated sentences, paragraphs, vocabulary enrichment and practice in writing paragraphs in different kinds of writing. At this level the second half of the course explores written English for both accurate language and complex communication of information and ideas. The two days of the course provide a foundation for accurate English writing skills and a successful achievement in all written courses in Years 10 to 12.

Throughout the course there is a focus on illustration through examples and student written exercises, including detailed feedback and discussion.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • improve written English across the range of conversational and educated, formal English
  • analyse and use accurate, practical English grammar in relation to parts of speech including the articles, nouns, conjunctions and verbs and their tenses
  • analyse and apply accurate sentence structure across a range of writing in English
  • analyse and use accurate English spelling and punctuation, and appropriate vocabulary that support complex writing
  • analyse and improve writing skills in paragraphs, including paragraph structure and rhetoric that support authority and complexity in writing in English
  • analyse and respond to your own areas of weakness and strength in English language and writing, including issues associated with languages other than English
  • continue with further reading and writing to improve written English skills.


  • Examples, analysis and discussion of conversational and formal, educated English.
  • Analysis and examples of the basic parts of speech in English, including nouns, adjectives, conjunctions, prepositions and verbs, with focus on the tenses of verbs.
  • Analysis and practice in writing English sentence structure with a focus on subject and verb, phrases and clauses.
  • Analysis, discussion and practical use of English punctuation, appropriate vocabulary and spelling.
  • Discussion, examples and written practice in relation to paragraphs, including structure, rhetoric and appropriate vocabulary and punctuation.
  • Student written exercises with individual teacher feedback, including group discussion of shared issues and issues associated with a range of first languages other than English.
  • Discussion and advice about how reading, listening and conversation support English language skills, and about strategies for the future to continue to improve English language skills.

Intended audience

Students in Years 10-12 and proactive Year 9 students preparing for Year 10.

Delivery style

The course combines presentations and explanation by the teacher, use of a course booklet, interactive discussion, and written exercises with individual advice.


You will be provided with a course booklet (electronic copy) that explains the main issues including grammar, punctuation and sentence structure.

Bring your own device

You are required to bring your own device (Windows or Mac) and a power chord. Please ensure your device is fully charged as access to power is limited.

Please note that University does not carry any responsibility for your lost, stolen, or damaged devices whilst on the University premises.


Syllabus agreement: (1) New NSW English K-10 Syllabus: Stage 2 Objective B; (2) HSC English Standard and Advanced Objectives 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12.

Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide

While you progress through this journey and also the conclusion of your schooling life, we know you’ll have a lot on your mind – exams, future study, careers – but remember, while keeping focused on these bigger goals and aspirations, it’s also important not to forget your own health and well-being.

For tips on staying motivated and keeping focused, dealing with anxiety, keeping healthy, relaxation, pre-study exercise and more, read our article Getting Through Your HSC: A Practical Guide.


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What others say.

  • Liked having small class sizes – personalised, individual attention. Tutor gave useful constructive advice about how to structure an essay I have to do for school.

What others say.

  • Liked having small class sizes - personalised, individual attention. Tutor gave useful constructive advice about how to structure an essay I have to do for school.
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