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English Language Workshops

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Our English Language workshops will allow you to explore and analyse concepts with confidence and construct excellent responses to questions as a result. Learn effective techniques that will enhance your performance in assessment tasks, explore a variety of opinions, gain access to expert advice and ensure that you know examinable materials in detail.

Unit 3 Workshops: Language Variation and Social Purpose

During the course of the Unit 3 English Language Workshops, we will examine the stylistic features of formal and informal language in both spoken and written modes: the grammatical and discourse structure of language; the choice and meanings of words within texts; how words are combined to convey a message; the purpose in conveying a message; and the particular context in which a message is conveyed. They will be shown how to describe the interrelationship between words, sentences and text as a means of exploring how texts construct message and meaning.

Students will also learn how texts are influenced by the situational and cultural contexts in which they occur and how function, field, mode, setting and the relationships between participants all contribute to a person’s language choices. They will learn how speakers and writers select features from within particular stylistic variants, or registers, and how language can be indicative of relationships, power structures and purpose.

Focus will be Placed on the Development of the Following Key Skills:

  • Defining key linguistic concepts as they relate to informal and formal language in texts.
  • Using key concepts and metalanguage appropriately to describe and analyse spoken and written
  • language use in an objective and a systematic way.
  • Analysing the effects of context on language choices.
  • Analysing the nature, features and functions of informal written texts, transcripts of informal
  • spoken English as well as formal texts.
  • Evaluating features of language in the public domain.

Course Duration: 9 hours (3 X 3 hour sessions)
Course Fees: $295
Dates: Term 1 and 2 school holidays as well as after school hours in Term 3
Class Sizes: 15 – 20 students
Venue: 477 Collins Street Melbourne

Unit 4 Workshops: Language Variation and Identity

The Unit 4 workshops focus on the role of language in establishing and challenging different identities. Students will investigate both print and digital texts (including extracts from novels, films or television programs, poetry, letters and emails, transcripts of spoken interaction, songs, advertisements, speeches and bureaucratic or official documents) to consider the ways different identities are constructed.

Students will also learn how our sense of who we are is constantly evolving and responding to the situations in which we find ourselves and is determined not only by how we see ourselves, but by how others see us. They will explore how language can distinguish between ‘us’ and ‘them’, thus reinforcing the degree of social distance and/or solidarity.

Focus will be Placed on the Development of the Following Key Skills:

  • Using key linguistic concepts and metalanguage appropriately to discuss language variation and
  • identity in Australia in an objective and a systematic way.
  • Using key concepts and metalanguage appropriately to analyse attitudes to varieties of Australian English in an objective and a systematic way.
  • Investigate and analyse how Australian identity is constructed and reflected in a range of written
  • and spoken texts.
  • Using key linguistic concepts and metalanguage appropriately to discuss the relationship between language variation and identity for both individuals and groups in an objective and a systematic way.
  • Using key concepts and metalanguage appropriately to analyse attitudes to varieties of English in contemporary Australian society in an objective and a systematic way.
  • Develop the ability to explain and analyse how group and individual identities are constructed and reflected in a range of written and spoken texts.

Course Duration: 9 hours (3 X 3 hour sessions)
Course Fees: $295
Dates: Term 2 school holidays as well as after school hours in Term 3
Class Sizes: 15 – 20 students
Venue: 477 Collins Street Melbourne