Camberwell High School

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Languages and Humanities


The study of English involves students reading, viewing, listening to, writing, creating, researching and talking about different text types, from those dealing with straight forward information to increasingly complex and abstract issues and ideas. Students are encouraged to explore the meaning of texts and how that meaning is conveyed, to develop critical and analytical thinking.

Years 7 – 9

All students undertake a common course in English in Years 7-9 and English as an Additional Language (EAL) is offered as an elective to students in Year 9. Students learn to analyse a range of texts including plays, short stories, non-fiction, poetry and film. They build a foundation of analytical skills and a critical understanding about the ways writers and speakers control language to influence their listeners, readers and viewers.

Year 10

English in Year 10 is considered the first of the senior years and as such is structured similarly to courses at Years 11 and 12. Students in Year 10 study English or EAL and may elect to study Literature or Storytellers' Workshop as electives. Study of English or EAL is a requirement in VCE. Literature and Storytellers' Workshop expand student understanding of English language and its uses in more creative ways.


There are four VCE English fields, depending on each student’s interests and chosen path. They are English, Literature, English Language and EAL. It is a requirement for VCE that all students complete Units 3&4 in one of these disciplines. While English and EAL build on the skills learned in previous years of study, Literature and English Language provide a further challenge for students interested in those pathways.


The Humanities involve the study of human societies and environments, people and their cultures in the past and the present. The Humanities provide a framework for understanding key ideas and concepts related to human behaviour. The Humanities encourage the use of research skills and inquiry processes. Students learn to plan an investigation and ask key questions, analysing a range of data and sources including artifacts, photographs, maps, stories, interviews and electronic media.

Years 7 – 9

Students in Junior School all study a broad Humanities subject. The three key disciplines are introduced and explored: History, Geography and Commerce. Students are encouraged and guided to develop their understanding of each discipline and how they are interconnected.

Year 10

All Humanities subjects at this level are part of the Year 10 elective program, where students can choose from 9 Humanities areas. Each of these subjects introduces specific knowledge in the area of Commerce, Geography and History and act as a short introduction to VCE subjects in the same fields.


Camberwell High School offers a broad selection of VCE Humanities subjects, each exploring different areas of focus in accordance with the VCAA study designs. From Accounting to Economics, History and Legal Studies, these subjects continue to expand on ideas introduced in previous years and build greater understanding on each topic.


The teaching of Languages at Camberwell High School is seen as a vital skill in the context of rapid globalisation and Australia’s increasing involvement with Asia. It provides students with greater understanding of other cultures and opens opportunities for overseas study tours. In order to meet the needs of all learners in the class, and taking into account the needs and interests of individual members, alternative and extension activities are provided.

Years 7 – 8

All students choose one language that is compulsory until the end of Year 8. Students can choose either French or Chinese (Mandarin) for these two years. We assume a communicative approach to language study, combining listening, speaking, reading and writing skills that focus on everyday life situations. The focus is on meaning and understanding.

Years 9 – 10

French is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10 and may be continued by any person hoping to study French in VCE or simply to continue study for greater understanding of the language and culture. Beginning in 2014 our Chinese (Mandarin) program will expand with the students through to Year 9-12. Study of Languages is optional from Year 9 and is encouraged as an empowering communicative skill for the future.


In VCE students can currently elect to study Chinese (Mandarin) 1st Language or French. At VCE level, students taking Languages build on knowledge gained in years 7-10 and start to use their skills to communicate about a range of themes and topics. They compare lifestyles in non-English-speaking communities with those in Australia, as well as use the language to discuss social issues, the environment and so forth. Study of Languages encourages students to explore issues in depth through a variety of texts, such as reports, interviews and electronic media.

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