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The study of English Language enables students to further develop and refine their skills in reading, writing, listening to and speaking English. Students learn about personal and public discourses in workplaces, fields of study, trades and social groups.

In this study students read widely to develop their analytical skills and understanding of linguistics. Students are expected to study a range of texts, including publications and public commentary about language in print and multimodal form. Students also observe and discuss contemporary language in use, as well as consider a range of written and spoken texts.

Knowledge of how language functions provides a useful basis for further study or employment in numerous fields such as arts, sciences, law, politics, trades and education. The study supports language-related fields such as psychology, the study of other languages, speech and reading therapy, journalism and philosophy. It also supports study and employment in other communication- related fields, including designing information and communications technology solutions or programs.


This study enables students to:

  • describe and analyse the structures, features and functions of spoken and written English language using an appropriate metalanguage

  • investigate language acquisition, use, variation, and change over time

  • reflect critically on attitudes to language in both its historical and contemporary contexts, with

    particular focus on identity, social cohesion and the distinctiveness of Australian language

  • explore and analyse the interplay between convention and creativity in language use

  • develop an awareness of their own critical, selective and innovative use of language and

    apply it to their own writing and speaking

  • demonstrate, in the creation of their own texts, effective and competent use of Standard Australian English to meet the demands of further study, the workplace, and their own needs and interests.



The study is made up of four units.

Unit 1: Language and communication
Unit 2: Language change
Unit 3: Language variation and social purpose
Unit 4: Language variation and identity

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