A teacher's guide to the new QCAA Senior English syllabus changes

A teacher’s guide to the new QCAA English General Senior Syllabus changes

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A change is coming for Queensland senior secondary schooling.

Senior English in Queensland is changing to help English students develop 21st-century skills and knowledge for success in their future work and life. You can trust our expert Queensland authors and award-winning publishing team to support you as you implement the new Senior English syllabus.

Significant changes to Senior English encompass new teaching content and a new approach to assessment. Our Senior English resources are designed to exemplify possible learning pathways, model approaches to text analysis and creation, reduce the stress of syllabus implementation and save you time when lesson planning.

Students will only complete four summative assessment tasks in Year 12, which will entail program redesign at the school level. Prescribed text lists for Units 3 and 4 will require new content to be developed in many schools, and will also have an impact on text choices for Units 1 and 2.

What does the new QCAA English General Senior Syllabus look like?

English
Unit Syllabus content Assessment Assessment method
Unit 1 Perspectives and texts
  • Examining and creating perspectives in texts
  • Responding to a variety of non-literary and literary texts
  • Creating responses for public audiences and persuasive texts
Formative internal assessment/s Students should have opportunities in Units 1 and 2 to experience and respond to the types of assessment they will encounter in Units 3 and 4. For reporting purposes, schools should develop at least one assessment per unit, with a maximum of four assessments across Units 1 and 2.
Unit 2 Texts and culture
  • Examining and shaping representations of culture in texts
  • Responding to literary and non-literary texts, including a focus on Australian texts
  • Creating imaginative and analytical texts
Formative internal assessment/s Students should have opportunities in Units 1 and 2 to experience and respond to the types of assessment they will encounter in Units 3 and 4. For reporting purposes, schools should develop at least one assessment per unit, with a maximum of four assessments across Units 1 and 2.
Unit 3 Textual connections
  • Exploring connections between texts
  • Examining different perspectives of the same issue in texts and shaping own perspectives
  • Creating responses for public audiences and persuasive texts
Summative internal assessment
  1. Extended response — written response for a public audience (25%)
  2. Extended response — persuasive spoken response (25%)
Unit 4 Close study of literary texts
  • Engaging with literary texts from diverse times and places
  • Responding to literary texts creatively and critically
  • Creating imaginative and analytical texts
Summative internal assessment
  1. Examination — imaginative written response (25%)
  2. Examination — analytical written response (25%)

Source: © English 2019 v1.2, QCAA General Senior Syllabus, Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority November 2017

Students studying the Senior English syllabus from 2019 will:

enhance literacy skills in a world of changing cultural, social, economic and technological mediums

be able to interpret and create texts for personal, cultural, social and aesthetic purposes

learn how language varies according to context, purpose and audience, content, modes and mediums, and to use it appropriately

engage with a diverse range of texts to help them develop a sense of themselves and shape their perceptions of the world

develop skills to communicate effectively in Standard Australian English to interact with literary texts and non-literary texts

explore of ways in which literary and non-literary texts can support or contest thinking and influence audiences

study a range of literary and non-literary texts from diverse cultures and periods to develop empathy for and an appreciation of different perspectives.

The basics

To successfully implement the new Senior English syllabus, there are three basic points to be aware of:

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1. The new course is made up of four units of study to be taught over two years (i.e. Units 1 and 2 to be taught in Year 11 and Units 3 and 4 to be taught in Year 12). Students should complete Units 1 and 2 before beginning Unit 3. It is recommended that Unit 3 be completed before Unit 4.

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2. Units 1 and 2 have students working across all syllabus objectives and beginning to engage with the course subject matter. The teaching of Units 3 and 4 consolidates students’ learning. Subject matter, learning experiences and assessment increase in complexity from Units 1 through to 4 as students develop independent learning.

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3. Only the results from Units 3 and 4 will contribute to ATAR calculations. Each unit has been developed to a notional time of 55 hours of teaching and learning, including assessment.

Meet our expert author team behind English for Queensland

Dr Kelli McGraw

Author

Dr Kelli McGraw is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. Currently teaching secondary English curriculum, her prior experience includes teaching high school English and debating in south-west Sydney, NSW. Kelli researches the fields of secondary English curriculum, assessment, digital literacy and popular culture, presently focusing on the use of project-based learning in secondary English. She is the Vice President of the English Teachers Association of Queensland and a member of the Board for the Queensland Poetry Festival.

Lindsay Williams

Author

Lindsay Williams has been an educator in Queensland for 35 years. In that time, he has taught English, been a Head of English at both state and private schools, served on numerous curriculum committees, been a panel chair, and coordinated and taught teacher preparation courses. In addition, he conducts teacher PD in literacy, and has produced many curriculum resources, including for the AATE, Reading Australia, book publishers, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and AustLit. His main interests are reading and writing in the secondary school, and the school application of functional linguistics. He is currently completing a PhD focused on the way performers build relationships with their audience.

Sophie Johnson

Author

Sophie Johnson has been teaching Senior English in both independent and state schools in Queensland for over 10 years. She has also taught International Baccalaureate syllabuses and has worked with the QCAA in a range of roles. Sophie is an active member of the English Teachers’ Association of Queensland.

What is Oxford publishing for the new QCAA English General Senior Syllabus?

The publishing team at Oxford is currently working with expert Queensland authors to deliver high-quality resources directly mapped to the new syllabus. These include:

English for Queensland
Units 1 & 2

English for Queensland Units 1 & 2 Student book + obook assess

  • Print student book with digital access

English for Queensland Units 1 & 2 obook assess

  • Digital student access (12 months access)

English for Queensland Units 1 & 2 obook assess MULTI

  • Digital student access (3 x 12 months access)

English for Queensland Units 1 & 2 Teacher obook assess

  • Digital teacher access

All Unit 1 & 2 titles coming in 2018.

English for Queensland
Units 3 & 4

English for Queensland Units 3 & 4 Student book + obook assess

  • Print student book with digital access

English for Queensland Units 3 & 4 obook assess

  • Digital student access (12 months access)

English for Queensland Units 3 & 4 obook assess MULTI

  • Digital student access (3 x 12 months access)

English for Queensland Units 3 & 4 obook assess

  • Digital teacher access

All Unit 3 & 4 titles coming in 2019.

Why choose Oxford QLD Senior English resources?

Our Senior English resources are designed to work for you in the classroom. They will:

provide learning pathways that ensure complete coverage of the syllabus

clearly model approaches to inquiry learning and critical thinking

provide detailed support and resources for assessment (including exam preparation and practice)

suggest methodologies for mandatory and suggested practicals outlined in the syllabus.

All these features are designed to save you time when lesson planning, reduce the stress of syllabus implementation and ensure the best learning outcomes for your students.

From January 2019, senior secondary syllabuses in Queensland will change to support the introduction of new assessment and tertiary entrance systems. As teachers across Queensland prepare for this significant change, the Secondary team at Oxford will be busy collaborating with local teachers and educators to create a range of world-class teaching and learning materials. Our goal is to make implementation of the new systems as smooth and stress-free as possible for you.

–The Secondary Publishing Team at Oxford University Press

As Secondary Publisher of the Year 2017, Oxford University Press is committed to helping teachers and students in Queensland reach their full potential.

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