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Matt3122

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Workload within each of the Englishes
« on: October 07, 2011, 05:15:09 pm »
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Just wondering when it comes to workload which of the 3 current Englishes is the most time consuming and also requires the most effort and which one/s require the least amount of work overall ?
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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2011, 05:33:59 pm »
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I think the workload depends on the SS you want to get and what natural talent you have in English. I don't have much natural talent in the subject, so I find normal English to be quite time consuming (yet enjoyable) with at least 3 hours a week dedicated to it, and more on SAC weeks (up to 6-9 hours at times). Can't really speak for the other Englishes though.

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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2011, 05:36:42 pm »
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I only do Literature and English, but go for Literature. You don't need to remember quotes
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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2011, 06:04:53 pm »
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In terms of workload, I'd think that no matter what english you do, you're going to have to a considerable workload anyway, to get a good SS - they're all about reaching near-perfection for VCAA's standards of writing - and I'd think the only way one could achieve this is through practice, practice and more practice

However, I think your best bet of having the "least workload" is playing to your strengths and doing an English that suits you - everyone is different
E.g. You might find Eng Lang easier than English or Literature - really, the "workload" of each english is quite subjective
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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2011, 08:07:44 pm »
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i did englang unit 1, english unit 2 and lit 1/2 last year, and if you're choosing for year eleven and quite indifferent I actually strongly recommend jumping around the english subjects so you can find which one suits you best. i started with englang and lit because I figured if all else failed I could go back to english which was familiar. lit 1/2 was probably the bludgiest subject I had last year while it has demanded a large chunk of my time this year, but in every subject it's ultimately up to you how much you put in.

go on the vcaa website, look at the past exams and get a feel for the type of essays (or short answer questions for one section of englang) you'll be writing by the end of year twelve. have fun picking, and no need to lock yourself in for a long time yet
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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 11:13:04 pm »
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I do English and Lit at MHS.

English is so much lighter in terms of work load. Or at least, it feels that way. While I don't have to remember quotes for Literature, I seem to have to know the book like it's the back of my fucking hand, whereas English is a breeze in comparison.
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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 07:23:04 pm »
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Did lit 1/2, then both English 3/4 and Lit 3/4.

Did HEAPS of work for English in terms of just writing practice essays because it was easy to churn out basic level ideas.

Did nothing for lit cos I found it hard and didn't learn how to study for it until like a week before the final exams.

IMO English is easier, simply because it's easier to put work into. The ideas are simpler and the tasks are simpler. With Literature, there's a lot more to understand before you can write an essay, and your essays tend to have to be more insightful.

I got a 48 in English having done a fair amount of work, and I did piss all for Lit and got a 39 scaled (38 raw).

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Re: Workload within each of the englishes
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 09:27:16 pm »
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My personal experience was that English is more about quantity of work, whereas Literature is more about quality.  The thing with English is you have to master all the different response types; Lit, on the other type, is really just one kind of essay, but the kind of thinking involved for that particular essay is much more demanding and intellectually challenging. 
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