Teaching VCE English Language - Beginners

For teachers who will be teaching English Language for the first time in 2020, or for teachers who have only a little experience in the subject, this course will equip you with all the knowledge, ideas and resources you’ll need.

There are separate groups for Units 1&2 and Units 3&4 run concurrently, presented by experienced VCE English Language teachers and linguists.

The program consists of  18 hours of instruction over three full days, timed perfectly to help you prepare coursework and assessment tasks for each Unit.

Cost: $690 including GST.

Venue: Ross House, 247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Date Time Units 1&2 Units 3&4
Monday 10th February    8.30- 9.00 Registration
9.00-11.00 Metalanguage and subsystems basics
11:00-11:15 Morning tea
11:15-1.15 Unit 1, AOS 1 Unit 3, AOS 1
1:15-2:00 Lunch
2:00- 3.30 Unit 1, AOS 1 SACs Unit 3, AOS 1 SACs
Friday 21st February    8.30- 9.00 Registration
9.00-11.00 Unit 1, AOS 2 Unit 3, AOS 2
11:00-11:15 Morning tea
11:15-12.45 Unit 1, AOS 2 SACs Unit 3, AOS 2 SACs
1:15-2:00 Lunch
2:00- 3.30 Unit 2 metalanguage Unit 4 metalanguage
Thursday 19th March   8.30- 9.00 Registration
9.00-11.00 Unit 2, AOS 1 Unit 4, AOS 1
11:00-11:15 Morning tea
11:15-1.15 Unit 2, AOS 2 Unit 4, AOS 2
1:15-2:00 Lunch
2:00- 3.30 Unit 2 SACs Unit 4 SACs


Leigh AbercrombyLeigh Abercromby has a Masters of Education from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Murdoch University, following life as a Social Worker in schools across WA. She currently teaches VCE English and English Language, Middle School Literature and English at Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne, Victoria. She was Head of Department at Caulfield Grammar School for 6 years and has just returned from 6 months long service leave travelling India, walking the Camino de Santiago and exploring Sicily. In education, language and literature are her passions and in particular, the English Language course, as it provides rich and wide-ranging opportunities to really engage students in the love of language. Leigh has been a VCAA assessor for both English and English Language.

Alicia ArnoldAlicia Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics major) and a Master of Teaching from the University of Melbourne. She completed the Master of Teaching with a research thesis looking at how functional grammar is embedded within the Victorian Curriculum and the processes that see this re-contextualised in teacher practice. Her passion for English Language began when she studied it in her own VCE. She is the current English Domain Leader at Box Hill High School and teaches VCE English Language. She also has a special interest in EAL and has worked in conjunction with the University of Melbourne to study the way students use translation and study skill processes in class to find ways that this can be incorporated into pedagogy to better support EAL learner needs.
Izzy BurkeDr. Isabelle Burke completed her PhD in Linguistics at Monash University in 2017, where she works as a teaching assistant. She completed her BA (Hons) in the Dean’s Scholars program at Monash University in 2013, obtaining the University Medal. Her research has been published in The Australian Journal of Linguistics. Her research interests include syntactic change, negation and relative clauses.
Siegried FischerSiegrid Fischer holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University. She is a Senior Engagement Leader at Box Hill High School. She has previously held the post of English Domain Leader and currently teaches both VCE English and VCE English Language. She first happened upon the subject of English Language when teaching the GCSE in the UK. Upon her return to Australia, she was delighted to find it existed as a VCE subject and immediately volunteered to teach it. She has taught Units 1/2 and 3/4 for the last 6 years. Siegrid is currently studying her Masters of Education at the University of Melbourne.

Luke FrancisLuke A Francis has been teaching English Language since 2007, having majored in linguistics in his undergraduate degree. Since then, he has worked extensively with teachers across the state of Victoria in the development and refinement of English Language courses. He has presented at numerous conferences, seminars and the English Language Mini Method course, in addition to having authored practice examinations and VATE’s Inside Language for Units 1 and 2. He taught from 2006-2009 at Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, where he started up their English Language program. He is now Assistant Principal at The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School, where he has been teaching English Language since 2011.

Alex GrimwadeAlex Grimwade has had a number of lives. Once a spin doctor in the NSW Parliament, once a litigation lawyer, still a mother of four hectic but stimulating offspring, partner to a conservative thinker. Over the last decade, following the completion of a MTeach at the University of Melbourne, she has taught English and English language at  Melbourne High School. In fact, she  reintroduced English Language after a long period of hibernation, where it has been taken up with alacrity by numbers of aspiring students. Alex loves language and literature, and is a mad keen theatre goer. Travel is another passion. With a basic knowledge of  Latin, German and Italian she is much better at English, and relishes the historical linguistic focus of EL. 


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