Join our English Language Membership Program to learn the skills that are critical to success in English Language (Units 3 and 4). These include:
- an ability to show your linguistic prowess in all sections of the course;
- an ability to write fluent, meaningful and contextualised commentaries (formal/informal/spoken/written)
- an ability to write clear, well-structured essays that incorporate contemporary linguistic examples and key ideas from linguists and relevant commentators
So what do you get?
Well apart from saving time and solving the constant problem of information overload, here are a few more benefits of joining our English Language Membership Program:learn to demonstrate a sound knowledge of linguistic features
Benefit 1: In order to achieve high marks, you must demonstrate, in all your written answers, a sound knowledge of linguistic features and link them to the author’s or speaker’s social purpose/function.
- Please note: It is not enough to have a sound knowledge of grammar and provide a shopping-list “dictionary-style” definition of features. “Students are not expected to define the metalanguage terms, but rather to use them appropriately in describing and analysing language in an objective and a systematic way.” (VCAA) You must contextualise the linguistic features. See a sample: some everyday practice; and using metalanguage to advantage.
Benefit 2. We provide an extensive range of commentaries that will help you write a fluent and linguistically dense commentary, whilst adhering to the criteria.
- Please note: often a block-style “sub-systems” approach can be repetitive and descriptive, as well as limited with regards to fluency and depth of analysis. Follow our format and compare it with your own. Please see a sample commentary
Benefit 3. To achieve high marks for your essays, you must incorporate contemporary and relevant examples. But which ones?
- Please note: It is not sufficient to just summarise examples from a social or political perspective. “A significant number of students wrote about social aspects of a topic but not enough about its linguistic aspects.” (2018 VCAA Assessment report). See a recent, contemporary example relating to the official response to the bushfire season. We also provide a categorised list of contemporary examples, analysed from a linguistic perspective, in accordance with relevant subsystems.
Benefit 4. You must write clear and well-structured essays that show a logical progression of thought. We will help you analyse — not summarise — key language features (such as euphemisms, jargon, non-discriminatory language, slang etc)
- Please note, you must include pertinent references to linguists and relevant commentators (which ones?) and analyse your examples. Plus Essays Made Easy: Please see a sample essay.
Benefit 5. We also have tips and support for short answer questions and grammatical content. For example see a summary of Standard Australian English.
Main Categories: for members
- A smarter way to write your commentaries: commentaries (formal/informal/spoken/written)
- English Language Essays: contemporary examples and essays and references to linguists and relevant commentators
- Tips for Formal texts: Short answer
- See a summary of the features of formal language
- See a summary of the features of informal language
The English Language Membership Package costs $65.00 and is valid until the end of the Calendar Year. This Resource is updated weekly. Members: please send your requests!