EAL/D Module A: Texts and Human Experiences

EAL/D Module A: Texts and Human Experiences

In this module, students interpret and respond to texts that deal with the question of what it means to be human. They experiment with different approaches to textual appreciation and analysis and consolidate and build on skills in responding and composing from the Year 11 English EAL/D course.

Students explore a range of short texts in a variety of forms and media and they undertake study of one prescribed text. They examine experiences that are represented in texts and they consider and reflect on human qualities and emotions associated with, or arising from, those experiences. In addition, they select one related text and draw from personal experience to make connections between themselves, the world of the text and their wider world. Students reflect on how texts may give insight into the anomalies, paradoxes and inconsistencies in human behaviour and motivations, inviting the responder to see the world differently, to challenge assumptions, ignite new ideas or reflect personally. They may consider the role of storytelling throughout time in communicating and reflecting the human experience. They compare and contrast different versions and accounts of events, personalities, situations and states of being in and across texts, and they investigate and evaluate representations and interpretations of human motivations and behaviour. They compose their own analytical, interpretive and imaginative texts in response to the texts they have studied, and to communicate personal and fictional experiences and perspectives.

Students explore and analyse the ways in which texts are acts of representation. They consider the purpose and context of texts, and describe and evaluate the use of structural, stylistic and linguistic elements to represent human traits, aspirations and behaviours.
Explicit, targeted English language study centres on point of view, distinctions and connections between composers, narrators or personas, and characters in texts, and the use of descriptive and expressive language to represent aspects of the ‘human condition’. Students plan, draft and refine their own written and spoken texts, applying the conventions of syntax, spelling and grammar appropriately and with increased confidence and accuracy for their audience, context and purpose.

Prose fiction

Poetry or Drama


Nonfiction, film or media


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