VCE English Tuition

How does one view Harry Potter?

Posted by on July 23, 2015 at 12:31 pm

Recently a student I was working with described a task they had at school in which they were to compose an essay that would compare a novel with a film. In my experience, students are often given such tasks to complete without either the lessons or insights into texts to do more than identify and […]

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Posted by on April 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

I love my work 🙂 Most mornings I wake up with the birds and head into my study with a coffee to log on and collaborate with students to further develop our studies together. They send me questions, plans, reflections and products to demonstrate what they are doing and to seek my involvement, whether it […]

What is justice, and what is injustice?

Posted by on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 am

What is justice, and what is injustice? Ok, this is my discursive/expository essay and I get to start it however I like. I therefore choose to start it with Erin Brokovich. Don’t complain – I could have instead gone for Steven Seagal’s lemon Out For Justice, so really you should be thanking me! The 2000 […]

Language Analysis – Schoolies Week

Posted by on March 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

How does the language and discourse of each piece in the Sunday debate advance a certain interpretation of the appellation “Schoolies Week”? I really must question the Herald-Sun’s sincerity in their Sunday Debate publication on November the 25th December, for the premise is immediately untenable. The bias assumed in the question, achieved through the use […]

Analytical essay writing – Film clip analysis

Posted by on January 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

Over the past month I’ve enjoyed the activity of working on several analytical essays, but not for literary texts. Instead, the study has been for the analysis of music video clips including songs and videos of “Dolphin’s Cry” by Live, “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons, “Tribute” by Tenacious D, and “Everlong” by […]

English language – Analysing text for English Language

Posted by on November 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This post presents a language analysis that might match the demands of Outcome 3a for VCE English, but aims to do so using the knowledge and field from the subject of English Language. I cannot post a link to the article studied for this analysis (although I have a copy!), but I present that the […]

Poetry analysis: Bookworm by Norman MacHaig

Posted by on August 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

VCE English does require students to analyse texts, both in Outcome 1 and Outcome 3. The curriculum is not the same in Scotland where the focus for the analysis of literary techniques is much greater. I have found the pursuit of strong literary analysis to be extremely beneficial to students. In VCE English, students can […]

Outcome 2 – Ideas and Arguments: Identity and Belonging

Posted by on August 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

For a word document version of much better presentation and formatting than what is shown here email me at angus@gbdeducation.com.au. Outcome 2 – Ideas and Arguments Focus Questions and Topic Sentences/Prompts The challenge of Outcome 2 is in part to consider complex ideas and form certain arguments and conclusions for the chosen context. The terms […]

VCE English Outcome 1: On the Waterfront

Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 10:37 am

Terry says to Charley: “I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum. Which is what I am”. Does the film support Terry’s judgment of himself? Poor Terry Malloy: stuck between a rock and a hard place, or conversely between the hard men of the mob and struggling to find the […]

VCE Outcome 3: Language Analysis Essay

Posted by on October 14, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Mobile Concerns by David James Call me a cynic (you’re a cynic Gus!), but I must suspect the purposes of the article published in Driver magazine. The writer is apparently responding to a call by the Accident Prevention Group (APG) to ban all forms of phone use by drivers in all vehicles. Although I think […]