VCE English Language Units 3/4 - Interactive Course

Learn the entire VCE English Language 3/4 course inside out, in a way that is interactive, fun and engaging!
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

*** ONLINE COURSE UPDATED FOR NEW STUDY DESIGN 2016 - 2020 ***

Ever wished you could have a private tutor for English Language WITHOUT the hefty price tag? Well, today you can!

My name is Dmitri and I am a current VCE English Language student. Having finished in 2012 and having attained a score of 45 in the subject, I believe that passing this valuable knowledge and experience onto current students is the least I can do. I also thoroughly understand how hard it is to find English Language resources (I know I would've loved something like this in Year 12!). As a current tutor of English Language for over 25 students on a full time basis, I have listened and understood the challenges of the everyday VCE English Language student.

Here's a few reasons why you should take this course:

  • You find the textbook dry and boring (many students do!)
  • You want an interactive way to learn the course
  • You want to learn how to properly structure your essays and analytical commentaries
  • You struggle to even start an essay, let alone complete it
  • You struggle to come up with quotes for your essays
  • You are struggling to grasp certain terms and concepts in the course
  • You simply just want to get ahead in English Language and do the best you possibly can!

This course is entirely comprehensive, meaning that you could be struggling at English Language OR are a pro and just need that extra bit of polishing! I have made this course so that is caters to all levels!

Part of my offering is a complete metalanguage list for all of the subsystems AND a complete quotations list for all topics in the course. I also provide you with tons of COMPLETE sample essays covering a wide range of topics, as well as analytical commentaries. Talk about value!

This is the type of course that you can decide to view in a day, OR view certain lectures as necessary, or if you have difficulties in certain areas of the course. Having troubles with structuring essays? No worries, just view the 'essay structure' lecture and download the lecture notes. I also go through an essay and 'dissect' all the important parts of an essay. Though generally speaking, I recommend you go through the entire course at least once to get your money's worth.

I conduct this course through interactive PowerPoint videos, and faced video presentations, so I actually TALK to you on screen and explain the concepts and ideas in an engaging and inviting manner.

The course is structured according to the area of studies for each unit, with sections added for essays, analytical commentaries and quotations. I also provide you with a wide range of practice questions and also example responses from A+ essays and analytical commentaries.

PLUS! Once inside, you get the opportunity to talk with fellow English Language students. You can even post questions to the forums inside the course where I will do my utmost best to answer whenever I can!

Note: I have updated the course for the new study design to be implemented at the start of 2016. There have only been a few minor changes made to the current study design and these are all addressed in the online course.

I charge $50 per hour for private tuition to my current students, so you are definitely getting a bargain!

See all of my satisfied student reviews at the bottom of this page!

Any questions, just ask! Until then, I'll see you on the inside.

What are the requirements?

  • Completed Units 1/2 for English Language (recommended, but not essential)
  • Adobe Reader (to view the PDF files)
  • Living Lingo Textbook (as a supplementary textbook)
  • A willingness to learn and expand your mind!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this interactive course, you will be able to confidently attack your SACs and exam!
  • By the end of this interactive course, you will have a solid understanding of all the key terms in the course
  • In this course, you will learn how to identify formal and informal features of language
  • In this course, you will learn how to properly structure an analytical commentary and an essay
  • In this course, you will learn how to properly integrate quotations and/or examples into your responses
  • In this course, you will be able to interact with other fellow English Language students from around Victoria!

What is the target audience?

  • Year 12 VCE English Language students
  • Those who are struggling with key terms
  • Those who are struggling with structuring your response

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome!
01:10

Thank you for becoming a new student! :)

02:34

All my tips for succeeding in English Language! This video is a MUST! Also be sure to see the tips attached to this lecture in document format.

Article

In this document, I provide answers to some important questions provided by past high-scoring graduates of 2015! This is a must-read article!

What are the SIX subsystems of the English Language?
6 questions
Section 2: Explanation of All Metalanguage
4 pages

Attached to this lecture is the complete metalanguage list for VCE English Language Units 3/4! Don’t worry if you don’t know them yet, just make a conscious effort to learn bit by bit and solidify this knowledge by including them in your essay responses.

04:56

In this lecture, I go through all of the metalinguistic terms needed for phonology with definitions and examples! Be sure to download the lecture resources too!

07:04

In this lecture, I go through all of the metalinguistic terms needed for morphology and lexicology with definitions and examples! Be sure to download the lecture resources too!

10:03

In this lecture, I go through all of the metalinguistic terms needed for syntax with definitions and examples! Be sure to download the lecture resources too!

00:50

In this lecture, I go through all of the metalinguistic terms needed for discourse with definitions and examples! Be sure to download the lecture resources too!

04:17

In this lecture, I go through all of the metalinguistic terms needed for semantics with definitions and examples! Be sure to download the lecture resources too!

12:10

As part of the update to the study design in 2016, VCAA has added a new category to the metalanguage list: other metalanguage. These terms are not confined to one subsystem; rather, they often overlap into other subsystems.

Article

Many students tell me that they're confused about the differences between these two terms! I hope to demystify this in this lecture.

Section 3: Unit Three - Area of Study One
03:07

In this lecture I look at the type of registers a text may use, and how to describe the register of a text in an analytical commentary!

04:05

What exactly is economisation of speech? To economise means to avoid wasting something, and in speech we avoid wasting time! So in this lecture I look at the ways we save time when we speak.

02:58

In this video, I do my best to explain the differences between slang and colloquialisms and give a few examples. I also talk about swearing and the various functions (purposes) it serves.

03:30

In this lecture I look at the general features of speech, and we also go into detail on what each of these features are.

04:01

What exactly are conversational strategies? We use them more often than you may think. Conversational strategies are literally strategies that aid us in our conversational with another person. This lecture includes explanations on adjacency pairs, topic management and minimal responses.

01:20

In this lecture, I look at the various floor-holding strategies that one may use when wishing to maintain hold of the floor (i.e. the position in the conversation). There are three main floor-holding strategies that one may use.

07:40

In this lecture, we look at the definitions of both positive and negative face needs. We also look at the various politeness strategies for both positive and negative face needs.

03:20

In this lecture I look at the informal syntactic features, which will come handy when completing short answer questions and an informal analytical commentary. I tell you exactly what to look for with regards to syntax.

04:41

In this lecture, I look at the main features of informal text, in a concise summary sheet!

What are some floor holding strategies?
3 questions
3 questions

Answer Yes or No for each of the questions!

4 questions

In this quiz, you need to answer 'true' or 'false' for the following linguistic features as informal (or formal). If you're having trouble here, feel free to review Lecture 11!

3 pages

COMPLETE NOTES FOR UNIT 3 AREA-OF-STUDY 1!

Section 4: Unit Three - Area of Study Two
2 pages

In this document, I outline exactly what formal language is and its relevant purposes and features!

06:47

In this lecture I look at the formal syntactic features, which will come handy when completing short answer questions and a formal analytical commentary. I tell you exactly what to look for with regards to syntax.

02:06

Semantics and stylistic devices always confuse students! In this lecture we explain what these are, and why they are used! Did you know that the brand 'Coca Cola' makes use of a stylistic device?

02:17

Lexical choice (or word choice) is the most important sign regarding the formality or informality of a text. In lecture I look at the types of word choices and how these contribute to the formality or informality of a text.

02:05

In this video, I explain to you the key differences between coherence and cohesion. Yes, there is a distinct difference! Also find attached to this lecture the coherence/cohesion features sheet.

07:04

Information flow is concerned with the structural features of sequences within larger texts: how we go about packaging our messages to create cohesion. In this lecture I look at the various types of information flow - this lecture is a MUST!

01:31

In this lecture I thoroughly explain what euphemisms and dysphemisms are, and what their purpose is in a text.

01:33

In this lecture, I touch on the topics of sexism and racism. I look at the ways that sexism and racism is still rampant in our society.

01:40

In this lecture I look at the definition of Political Correctness (or PC), and even how PC has been counter-intuitive in some cases!

3 pages

In this document, I show you an A+ response for a formal language essay topic. I'd recommend you print this out and go through it meticulously!

Short Quiz!
5 questions
5 questions

In this quiz you need to answer if the following features come from coherence - 'true' if they do, and 'false' if they don't.

4 questions

In this quiz you need to answer if the following features come from cohesion- 'true' if they do, and 'false' if they don't.

7 pages

COMPLETE NOTES FOR UNIT 3 AREA-OF-STUDY 2! Also be sure to download the additional resources attached to this lecture on formal language (obfuscation, clarification & PC).

Section 5: Unit Four - Area of Study One
06:43

In this lecture I look at all of the features of Australian English. This includes lexical, grammatical, phonological and so forth. This lecture is a MUST!

08:02

In this lecture, I go through the key themes and ideas regarding the development of Australian English - including Australian cultural values, and sociocultural and historical influences. This lecture is a must!

1 page

In this document, I look at the various Australian cultural values and how this is reflected in our lexicon.

02:46

In this lecture I look at the varying attitudes to Australian English, and I also observe how the attitude towards Australian English has gradually increased in positivity when compared with the past.

02:32

In this lecture I look at all of the variations in Australian English. Despite Australia being relatively homogenous, there are still some minor variations. This includes lexical, grammatical, phonological and so forth. This lecture is a MUST!

03:13

In this lecture I look at the social and ethnic variation in Australian society and these influences on Australian English.

01:41

In this lecture I look at the topic of Aboriginal English. I look at how Aboriginal English is relatively different in comparison to Australian English, and is different on many levels.

02:05

It is no secret that America has had an influential impact on Australian English, especially in the face of globalisation. In this lecture I observe the ways American English has had an impact on Australian English and the reactions to this.

4 pages
This document outlines the differences between the three Aussie accents!
Plans for Possible Essay Questions
05:17
5 pages

In this lecture, I have attached a completed A+ essay response on Australian identity with annotations! Please take the time to read through this essay response thoroughly and in detail.

1 page

In this document, I outline a study plan for you to follow for Unit 4 AOS 1!

1 question

In this quiz you need to fill in the blanks with the common Australian cultural values!

3 questions

In this quiz, you simply need to answer if the following linguistic features are unique to Australian English. Simply answer 'true' or 'false'.

27 pages

COMPLETE NOTES FOR UNIT 4 AREA-OF-STUDY 1! I have also attached recommended links for reading. I highly recommend you read all the links I have attached, it will definitely help you in your essays! Be sure to click on 'external links'.

Section 6: Unit Four - Area of Study Two
07:10

The words we use, the way we use grammar, the communication patterns we employ all reveal many things about us. In this lecture I look at how we construct our social identity through the language we use.

05:30

In this lecture I look at how the different genders use language and what this reflects about them.

03:15

In this lecture, I look at the variations between the generations and how language changes between these generations.

02:55

In this lecture, I demystify the differences between slang and jargon as well as the similarities.

01:39

It is no mystery that internet users write and communicate different when compared to the offline mode. In this lecture I look at how people communicate differently online and what this reveals about their identity.

4 pages

In this lecture, I present to you an A+ response for an essay on social identities (including gender, generation and occupation). Download and highlight quotes you like. Enjoy!

Short Quiz!
7 questions
7 pages

COMPLETE NOTES FOR UNIT 4 AREA-OF-STUDY 2!

Section 7: Short Answer Questions Structure
1 page

Ever struggled with short answer questions? Did you know that, yes, there is a structure to these answers too! Learn how to by reading this document.

9 pages

There are three formal practice pieces within this document for short answer questions. In addition, feel free to use these pieces as practice for writing an analytical commentary! Please find the answers attached to this lecture!

6 pages

There are two informal practice pieces within this document for short answer questions. In addition, feel free to use these pieces as practice for writing an analytical commentary!

Section 8: Analytical Commentary Structure
04:39

Are you struggling with how to structure an informal analytical commentary? Did you know there is a structure to follow that will ensure exam success? Watch this lecture, and ensure you also download the supplementary material!

5 pages

Please download a copy of these notes - this is the official informal analytical commentary structure that I recommend you use whenever you write an informal analytical commentary!

04:27

Are you struggling with how to structure a formal analytical commentary? Did you know there is a structure to follow that will ensure exam success? Watch this lecture, and ensure you also download the supplementary material!

5 pages

Please download a copy of these notes - this is the official formal analytical commentary structure that I recommend you use whenever you write an formal analytical commentary!

03:25

In this lecture I demystify the infamous introduction. Students always seem to have troubles with this, so this lecture will definitely help you out! Please also download the lecture notes.

03:45

In this lecture, I look at the body paragraphs of an analytical commentary and how to write them. Ensure you download the supplementary material!

1 page

Now that you've got the structure, introduction and paragraphs in place, we can now look at different and useful topic sentences for each paragraph. Be sure to download this document.

4 pages

In this lecture, I show you what an analytical commentary actually looks like, and how to structure it too. I highly recommend you download these notes and see how the structure works. The analysed piece (a website article), from which this commentary was written, is attached to the lecture notes!

4 pages

In this lecture, I present to you a formal analytical commentary on the MCG policies document. Please click on 'View Resources' to see the actual MCG policies document.

3 pages

In this lecture, I present to you an A+ response analysing the 2012 spoken mode transcript. You may find this text online on the VCAA site. Please see the resources section for this link!

8 pages

In this document are FOUR practice analytical commentary pieces, from which you can write your analysis. The types of text range from a spoken transcript to social commentaries and newspaper articles. I highly recommend you download and print these out, and highlight the important features of each text. Then, after you complete the annotations, write your complete analytical commentary using the provided structure.

3 pages

Sometimes teachers may ask you to write a comparative analytical commentary - what this means is you'll compare two texts in terms of register, social purposes, audience and so forth. Here is an example text you can use. I'd also highly recommend familiarising yourself about the context of North and South Korea (if you don't already know!).

Short Quiz!
4 questions
Section 9: Essay Structure
01:58

In this introductory video, I demystify the structure of an essay (briefly!). Please also see the next lecture with the complete essay structure for you to download and use.

1 page

Have you ever struggled with essays? This structure will help you to craft the most organised essay ever!

Plan Your Essay First!
02:07
04:35

In this lecture, I will dissect an A+ essay and show you how this was achieved, and I will also correspond the essay with the essay structure to show you how the structure matches up with the essay. Ensure you download the supplementary materials.

01:11

Linking words, as you may or may not know, create cohesion in a text (i.e. they help the flow). So I show you a list of linking words that will help create flow in your essays or responses.

02:20

How do you weave in examples or evidence without it not flowing into the essay paragraph? In this lecture, I show you exactly how to weave in your examples, quotations and evidence.

14 pages

In this document, I provide you with SIX A+ essays, and the relevant essay topics for each. I highly recommend you read over each essay within this document. You can also find other sample A+ essays under the respective AOS sections above. Please also see attached files for more essays.

2 pages

Now it's your turn! Practice your skills by completing any of these essay questions. Once completed, send me a message letting me know you've completed the practice question and I will send you the matching response and you can check it against yours! Don't cheat either!

4 questions

In this quiz you need to correctly identify the structure of a common essay.

Section 10: Quotations
6 pages

This document contains what I believe is the most complete list of quotations for all of the major topics for Units 3/4. Feel free to use them in your essays and other responses. Also, ensure you update the list regularly with your own example quotations by observing the media and other real-life examples. Please see additional resources for the COMPLETE UNIT 4 quotes list.

21 pages

I've attached a neat collection of articles for annotation and to include these quotes in your essay. Most of these articles are from 2015 and would still be relevant for 2016!

27 pages

I regularly contribute articles to VCEStudyGuides.com and in 2015 I wrote many articles, which I have compiled here into one single file. Please take the time to go through these articles and highlight any key ideas and quotes.

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Instructor Biography

Dmitri Dalla-Riva, VCE English Language Tutor

Dmitri is an experienced English Language Tutor and past VCE student. He has 3 years of VCE English Language experience, and also runs a successful VCE English Language tutoring business. He has a passion for teaching and passing on knowledge to enthusiastic students through interactive and engaging teaching methods.

Having attained a study score of 45 (out of a possible 50) for VCE English Language Units 3/4 in 2012, Dmitri believes that this knowledge and experience should not be left unused. He runs an English Language tutoring business on the side and has managed to amass 25 dedicated students to tutor on a regular basis. His passion for teaching is a quality that often comes across in his lessons with students, and so it is this quality and knowledge of the subject that has allowed him to successfully build his tutoring business, and strengthen the grades of his students.


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