LISTENING TASKS: Read the Questions Open the Youtube program below.  Listen to the program.  Do not watch!  Take notes. Listen a second time and finish your answers.

Check your answers using the Marking Guidelines.  Watch and review your answers. Do some extra listening using the link below.  As you listen, practice taking notes – even though you do not have questions.  A reminder your SAC will be on Wednesday.





TED talk on Grit


A simple activity to do once a week is to find an interesting Behind the News episode.

  1. Watch and listen to the episode.
  2. Listen to the audio without the images – try to be aware of words you don’t quite “get”.
  3. Listen to the audio while you read the transcript.

In the Listening / Language Analysis workbook, make short notes about – Who, What, When, Where and Why

Make notes for yourself about new vocabulary, or words you didn’t really tune in to.

Some episodes to look at include:


Counting the cost of bushfires on the 7.30 Report. Short clip – and it comes with a transcript – so great Listening practice.



There’s some good reminders in this online study guide.


This episode of Australian Story was used for the extract for the 2017 NSW HSC Listening paper.  While it’s longer than your listening exam is – it does also come with a transcript so it is is worth listening to and following up words you may not be familiar with.


ATAR Notes : Some useful inspiration and strategies


7.30 report – ABC TV / IVIEW:

The 7.30 report can be seen in TV – or watch on iview  The great thing about iview is you can rewatch and also use Closed Captions to check on your understanding of the text.

BBC Learn English Teens:

This can fill in 5 minutes – but can be difficult to listen to because of the British accents

ABC listening podcasts with Transcripts:

1. Great moments in Science – there are a number of listening activities about 6-7 minutes.  The most recent is about Veganism

2. Year 13 at a Queensland school.  3 minutes. No transcript

3. Short and sweet clip about music – but no transcript

4. Mobility scooters       3 minutes

5. Synesthesia   

6. Facebook trending

7. Future travel



The case for a sugar tax – Listen and take notes about the main points.

BTN dingoes link



Here’s a well structured persuasive speech that uses a range of persuasive techniques.



2. Listening Task: Audio for the text activities:

3.   EAL VCAA sample Exam – audio files

4. BBC The English we speak : frenemy

TRACKS: Interview  – note this was after the film came out. Many of the clips and images are from the film – not the book.  Remember – you are studying the book – NOT the film.

Booktopia Interview

Time for Kids Interview

Wonthaggi Secondary College TRACKS resources


Tracks and Into the Wild Lib guide



GRAMMAR – Some links for when you are a little bored!

      learn english

Some more verb tense activities: English Grammar Bites – Learn English for teens  ********************************************************************** theage

The Age website includes a link to letters – a great source  for looking at the application of persuasive techniques **********************************************************************************8 language analysis

You can use the link to quizlet above to help revise your understanding of key persuasive techniques.  Remember though – you do not need to name the technique.  The key is recognising where a technique is used and how this is designed to position / influence the reader / listener.  There are a number of slide shows available online that will help you recognise and explain the use of persuasive language techniques – the link about will take you to one – but there are others. ***************************************************************************************** slide share *********************************************************************************

VCE students – knowing your text – some hints! ************************************************************************ Tips from top performers in VCE : Herald Sun Covers lots of subjects – not just English. *************************************************************************** Some links for further reading: ATAR notes forum: Scroll down about half way to find the link to EAL resources. The ATAR notes forum also has links to a number of articles that are good for language analysis. They are a bit old – but good for summary practice. Box Hill SC also has some useful articles for language analysis – although they are a little older. The issues blog VCE English Summary Lecture – Victoria University  September 2011 PRESENTER: David McLean B.A.(Hons.), Dip.Ed., M.Ed.Stds. Notes from the lecture.  Section 1 on Language Analysis has an excellent list of terms to describe tone and persuasive techniques, with illustrative examples ****************************************************************



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