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Stage 2 English Literary Studies

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: English

Where does it lead?

This subject will appeal to students who have an interest in language, literature and film.  It leads to a wide range of tertiary courses in which clear communication and critical thinking are essential. These include Arts, Journalism, Law, Management, Marketing, Media, Social Sciences and Teaching at both the secondary and tertiary level.


It is assumed that students undertaking this subject have achieved a successful grade in 20 credits of Stage 1 English.

What is in the course?

Stage 2 English Literacy Studies focuses on the skills and strategies of critical thinking needed to interpret texts. Through shared and individual study of texts:

  • students encounter different opinions about texts
  • have opportunities to exchange and develop ideas
  • find evidence to support a personal view
  • learn to construct logical arguments
  • consider a range of critical interpretations of texts

English Literacy Studies focuses on ways in which literacy texts present culture and identity, and on the dynamic relationship between authors, texts, audiences and contexts. Students develop an understanding of thepower of language to represent ideas, events, and people in particular ways and how texts challenge or support cultural perceptions.

By focusing on the creativity and craft of the authors, students develop strategies to enhance their own skills in creating texts and put into practice the techniques they have observed.


  • Responding to Texts
  • Creating Texts
  • Text Study (Externally assessed)
    • Comparative Text Study
    • Critical Reading (Examination)


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