English Extension HSC

In the HSC English Extension Course 1, students explore ideas of value and consider how cultural values and systems of valuation arise. Students undertaking HSC English Extension Course 1 must complete ONE elective chosen from ONE of the HSC Modules A, B or C.


Module A: Genre

This module requires students to explore and evaluate notions of genre. It develops their understanding of the conventions and values associated with generic forms.

Each elective in this module involves the study of at least two print texts of a particular genre, to be selected from a prescribed text list. In addition, students explore, analyse and critically evaluate a range of other examples of this genre from different contexts and media.

Students consider the ways in which genres are adapted to different times and cultures and the attitudes and values reflected by these adaptations. They examine why genres arise at particular times and the social and cultural conditions that are conducive to their endurance or recurrence in popularity. Students consider the reasons for and validity of generic distinctions.

Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions, including some that explore the possibilities of the genre for a range of audiences. These compositions may be realised in various forms, modes and media. Students investigate topics and ideas, engage in independent learning activities and develop skills in extended composition.

Module B: Texts and Ways of Thinking

This module requires students to explore and evaluate a selection of texts relating to a particular historical period. It develops their understanding of the ways in which scientific, religious, philosophical or economic paradigms have shaped and are reflected in literature and other texts.

Each elective in this module involves the study of at least two print texts, relating to a particular historical period, that demonstrate the influence of particular ways of thinking on literary and other texts. In addition, students explore, analyse and critically evaluate a range of other texts that reflect these ideas.

Students explore the ways that values are inscribed in particular texts and how they are reflected by texts. They consider whether and why texts are valued in their own time. They also consider why and by whom those texts are valued today.

Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions, including some which explore the effects of particular paradigms for a range of audiences. These compositions may be realised in various forms, modes and media. Students investigate topics and ideas, engage in independent learning activities and develop skills in extended composition.

Module C: Language and Values

This module requires students to investigate, explore and evaluate the ways in which language shapes and reflects culture and values. It allows students to focus on the study of language as they develop their understanding of values and the processes of valuing.

Each elective in this module involves an intensive study of language. Texts and topics are to be selected from a prescribed list. In addition, students explore, analyse and critically evaluate a range of other texts that relate to the language topic. The study may involve a sociolinguistic, historical or stylistic perspective.

Students examine language modes, media of communication, forms and features, and structures of texts. They consider such notions and processes as symbolic representation and metaphor, convention, subversion and appropriation, composing and responding. They describe, analyse and evaluate influences on language change and the valuing that occurs in and through language.

Students develop a range of imaginative, interpretive and analytical compositions including some that explore the effects of language variation for a range of audiences. These compositions may be realised in various forms, modes and media. Students investigate topics and ideas, engage in independent learning activities and develop skills in extended composition.

Stage 6 English Syllabus, 2010

Last year I taught Texts and Ways of Thinking: After the Bomb. Our little class loved this elective as it seemed powerfully relevant to our own feelings about life at the beginning of the 21st Century. We read the heartbreaking and shocking non-fiction work Hiroshima by John Heresy, the funny and bleak play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and the biting and beautiful poetry of Sylvia Plath.

Tell us, what texts have you explored for HSC English Extension?

2 Responses to English Extension HSC

  1. Glenn Watson says:

    Prescribed texts:
    Rear Window
    The Real Inspector Hound
    The Skull beneath the Skin

    Related texts:
    The Maltese Falcon
    L.A. Confidential
    Sleepers

  2. Gutema Yadesa says:

    text would be lead students towards Critical Thinkers.

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