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The new English syllabus: Helping students transition and become confident

The senior English syllabus for both year 11 and 12 has undergone several changes. The new syllabus places a significant emphasis on the students writing style and analysis abilities. The HSC exam across all levels of English has been significantly restructured.

The first module of the new syllabus is now titled “Texts and Human Experiences”. This module is a common module meaning that both English Standard and English Advanced students complete this module. This is a more interpretative and comprehension-based section. It focuses on human nature, behaviour, humanity, universal experience as conveyed through literature and source material. Students are required to complete Section A on unseen texts and then in the final section produce an extended response relating to their prescribed text.

The subsequent modules vary depending on the level of English the student is studying. For example, the English Standard course consists of Module A: Language Identity and Culture, Module B: Close Study of Literature and Module C: The Craft of Writing. In contrast the English Advanced course comprises of Module A: Textual Conversations, Module B: Critical Study of Literature and Module C: The Craft of Writing. Students are required to engage with the texts that they are studying and comment on their textual integrity and enduring relevance. The common module, Texts and Human Experiences can be particularly challenging for students as they are now required to understand a new rubric and the many facets of human experience. Students often find examining how the composer conveys and represents the notion of human experience quite difficult. Here at Master Coaching we aim to guide students through this module. We have the latest resources and provide students with a plethora of practice material to help prepare and equip them for assessments and exams.

A key concern for students is understanding what the syllabus requires of them and what each module is assessing. Here at Master Coaching we guide students through each module and focus on developing their strengths and helping them to clarify and better understand elements that they are struggling with. The new course focusses on challenging the student’s way of thinking. For example, Module A of the Standard course, “Language, Identity and Culture” requires students to delve into the composer’s context and understand a different time period politically, socially and culturally in order to write a critical response assessing the way in which the composer illuminates language, identity and culture. Moreover, Module A of the Advanced course is a comparative study of texts. This type of analysis often poses the most challenges for students. Students are required to study two texts alongside one another and compare and contrast the ideas, features and form of both texts usually from different contexts and time periods. Students often feel overwhelmed with this task as they are required to study two different texts and succinctly compare and comment on both within one essay. Here at Master Coaching we focus on developing the student’s structure and prepare them for producing a sophisticated response. We also have a significant amount of resources and knowledge on different texts to ensure that students broaden and heighten their knowledge.  

The new syllabus will challenge all student`s style of writing and analytical abilities. It is for this reason that here at Master Coaching we assist and guide students through analysis, exploration of their ideas and practice responses. Students are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to transition into the HSC course and familiarise themselves with the new English syllabus and exam structure. 

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