VCE English

VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) focuses on the how English language is used to create meaning in print and digital texts of varying complexity. Texts selected for study are drawn from the past and present, from Australia and from other cultures, and comprise many text types, including media texts, for analysis of argument. The study is intended to meet the needs of students with a wide range of expectations and aspirations, including those for whom English is an additional language.

English Units 1 – 4 


The study of English empowers students to read, write, speak and listen in different contexts. VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) prepares students to think and act critically and creatively, and to encounter the beauty and challenge of their contemporary world with compassion and understanding. Students work to collaborate and communicate widely, and to connect with our complex and plural society with confidence.

Through engagement with texts drawn from a range of times, cultures, forms and genres, and including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and voices, students develop insight into a varied range of ideas. They extend their skills in responding to the texts they read and view, and their abilities in creating original texts, further expanding their language to reflect accurately the purpose, audience and context of their responses.

By developing broad skills in communication and reflection, the study of English enables students to participate in their diverse, dynamic and multicultural world productively and positively.


This study enables students to:

  • extend their English language skills through reading, writing, speaking, listening, thinking and viewing to meet the demands of further study, the workplace, and their own needs and interests
  • enhance their understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the English language through all modes
  • discuss, explore and analyse the form, purpose, context, text structures and language of texts from a range of styles and genres
  • discuss, explore and analyse how culture, values and context underpin the construction of texts and how this can affect meaning and understanding
  • convey ideas and demonstrate insight convincingly and confidently
  • create print, digital and spoken texts
  • demonstrate the ability to make informed choices about the construction of texts in relation to purpose, audience and context.