Planning for the 2023 VCE English/EAL Study Design

Many schools across Victoria have already started planning for the roll out of Units 1 and 2 in 2023. Over the past few weeks I’ve made a series of posts highlighting the changes in every part of the new Study Design for Units 1 and 2, in both English and EAL.

I’m excited about the new SD. There are more opportunities for students to make connections with their own lives, and the new Crafting Texts area of study offers a chance to experiment with writing as a process, not just a product.

ICYMI, here are the previous posts:

  1. The New VCE Study Design: Unit 1 and 2 Overview
  2. VCE English 2023: The Personal Response (Unit 1 AoS1)
  3. VCE English 2023: Crafting Texts (Unit 1 AoS2)
  4. VCE English 2023: Mentor Texts and Ideas (Unit 1 AoS2)
  5. VCE English and EAL 2023: Exploring Argument (Unit 2 AoS2)
  6. VCE English as an Additional Language (EAL) 2023

I’ve spent a long time already working with this new Study Design, both for Insight Publications’ upcoming Year 11 textbook, and VCAA’s own implementation on demand videos.

I’ve also been running sessions with faculty leaders and schools on planning for the new Study Design, including exploring ways of building towards the new areas of study in Years 9 and 10.

Along the way I’ve come across a few of the same questions, so here are the most common:

  • Q: For Crafting Texts, how many texts should we use? A: This will vary depending on your cohort and the idea you select as your framework. There is some excellent advice on the VCAA ‘planning’ page which has replaced the Advice for Teachers document on how to select mentor texts. I’d suggest a range of short texts, with perhaps half a dozen studied in detail in class and options for students to add their own ideas.
  • Q: Is the ‘idea’ in Crafting Texts important? A: The ‘idea’ (or the Framework in Unit 3) has raised a few questions, most notably due to its apparent similarity with the old ‘Context’ area of study. The idea in Crafting and Creating texts serves as an anchor point to give the students in the class (and the teacher) a frame of reference when selecting texts. The mentor texts themselves are to be used as examples of style and technique, not for discussing how the author has approached the idea per se.
  • Q: How do I select an idea for Year 11? A: The best advice here is to discuss with your students and negotiate an idea they will be passionate about. The VCAA has recommended a few ideas such as Food, Conflict, and Futures for Year 11. I’m currently putting together a free PDF with annotated texts on ‘Futures’ which will go out during the break. You cannot use the Y12 Frameworks in year 11.

If you’re interested in 1:1 or group consultancy in planning for the new VCE Study Design, you can check out information on the sessions here.

I’m putting together a free PDF of annotated mentor texts for ‘Futures’ which will be perfect for Year 11 English and EAL in 2023. Sign up to my mailing list below to stay updated and receive that PDF when it’s ready.

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2 responses to “Planning for the 2023 VCE English/EAL Study Design”

  1. Hi Leon, does there need to be a set text to go with the mentor texts in the crafting and creating unit?


    1. Hi Jayden, not for Unit 1. VCAA will publish recommended texts for U3 Creating texts next year ready for the 2024 rollout


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