Year 11 English - The Power of Language

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

In this English course students will explore the use of language in visual, spoken and written mediums. They will learn about media manipulation, propaganda, advertising, and the subliminal messages that they are bombarded with every day. By the end of this course, students will have honed their critical thinking skills, and will be equipped to understand the motivations behind the message and have produced their own speech using the techniques they have learned throughout the course.

Learning Opportunities

In this course you will need to:

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  • Employ critical information literacy to research a controversial topic.
  • A variety of written texts - persuasive / propaganda / poetry / speech transcripts.
  • Literature & film analysis - looking between and beyond what is seen on the surface.
  • A variety of visual texts - including static images and television advertisements. 
  • Thinking about how and why language is used for a given purpose.
  • Develop and deliver a speech.
  • Identify and use a range of academic literary tools.
  • Film terminology and ability to closely view visual texts.
  • Develop written personal voice in a range of genres including creative memoir and academic literary essay.

  • Make links and connections with society and the wider world around us.

Year Levels/Departments:

Year 11, English

Resources Required

Exercise book or refill and folder to manage notes