The focus in this area of study is on reading and writing and their interconnection. The key aims of this support material are to encourage students to:

  • reflect on the ideas and/or arguments suggested by a text selected from List 2 of the Text List published annually in the VCAA Bulletin, as well as some additional shorter texts
  • explore the relationship between purpose, form, audience and language, and examine the choices made by authors in order to construct meaningdraw on the ideas and/or arguments they have gained from texts to construct their own text for a specified audience and purpose
  • draw on their experience of exploring texts in their explanation of decisions they have made in their own writing about form, purpose, language, audience and context.

Section B – Writing in Context

Section B will be worth one-third of your total marks. You will be required to select one of the four Contexts set by the VCAA for the y
ear of the examination. The task in each Context will require students to write an extended piece for a specified purpose and audience, exploring ideas and using detail from at least one text selected from the English/ESL Text list 2 published in the VCAA Bulletin VCE, VET and VCAL for the year of the examination for Outcome 2. Students will be required to base their writing on unseen stimulus material or prompts associated with the ideas and/or arguments suggested by the four texts set for each Context. Responses may be written in an expository, persuasive or imaginative style.

Considering Purpose, Audience, Context and Form

Every text is created for a purpose and an audience. Understanding the connection between purpose (Why am I writing?), audience (Who am I writing for?), context (What factors are influencing my writing?) and form (What type of text will I write?) is a crucial part of Section B.


Introducing the Context: The Imaginative Landscape

The landscape, and the way we understand and relate to it, is inextricably linked to the way we understand and act in the world. Authors create and recreate landscapes when they write about them. Creators of text not only describe the landscape as the location of events and actions, they also draw on the names of places, their physical features, and their symbolic power as ways of developing their characters and ideas. Authors can make the landscape the subject of writing and the actual focus, rather than just the setting. Authors can also use landscape metaphorically to show how their characters see and feel about themselves and their worlds.