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Curriculum 2023

Vocational English


Subject Name Vocational English
Year Level 11
Subject Length Semester
Subject Type Compulsory
Year 12 Pathway Year 12 Essential English
Staff Contact Kate Hynes


Students develop communication skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking. They will understand and interpret information, ideas and perspectives in texts from social, cultural, community, workplace and/or imagined contexts, and will respond to how the structure and language of texts vary for different audiences, purposes and contexts. When creating texts, students will consider purpose, context and audience, and apply their knowledge and understanding of accurate spelling, punctuation, syntax and conventions. This subject has been designed for students who have a vocational pathway and aims to develop the literacy skills required in the workplace. 

Topics may include:

  • Respond to Texts
    Students locate and extract information, develop strategies for collecting and processing information, and respond to how language is used in a variety of contexts
  • Create Texts
    Students create written, oral, visual, digital and multimodal texts using appropriate language features, content and mediums for different purposes, audiences and contexts 


Respond to Texts  50%

  • Maximum 800 words or a 5 minute oral/multimodal response
Create Texts  50% 
  • Maximum 800 words or a 5 minute oral/multimodal response

Additional Information

Students must achieve a C grade in 20-credits of English subjects in order to meet the Literacy requirement of the SACE.  

Students will be enrolled in English Literary Studies, English, Essential English, or Vocational English based on teacher recommendations and parent approval. Teacher recommendations are based on previous achievements, PAT results, career pathway and teacher knowledge of the content. Negotiations can be made if a specific pathway is required for students.