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English + Media


The English + Media studies course is an English course with an additional Media Studies focus for students interested in Film, Media, Journalism, or related fields.  It focuses on NCEA L1 English credits, with additional NCEA L1 Media Studies credits.

Some learning is assessed in against both English and Media Studies Achievement Standards criteria.


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                *L1 Literacy credits:             Internal core = 25            External = 4            Optional/Extension = 11
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CORE COURSE OUTLINE TERM 1: Research, "Coming of Age" genre study
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English assessments

*90853Use information literacy skills to form conclusion(s)4 creditsInternalCore study Term 1: Students select individual topic.
 
FAO in conjunction with Science in Term 2.
*90852Explain significant connection(s) across texts, using supporting evidence4 creditsInternal"Coming of age" text study
Media assessments

*90992
4 creditsExternal"Coming of age" films for exams

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CORE COURSE OUTLINE TERM 2: Studying text to film, visual language in media

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English assessments

*90849Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), using supporting evidence4 creditsExternalCore study in Term 2: The Body novella. Students can choose one or both exams of 90849 and 900850.


*90850Show understanding of specified aspect(s) of studied visual or oral text(s), using supporting evidence4 creditsExternalCore study in Term 2: Studying a film related to the novella The Body. Students can choose one or both exams of 90849 and 900850.

Media assessments

*90990Demonstrate understanding of selected elements of media text(s) 3 creditsInternal Core study in Term 2.

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CORE COURSE OUTLINE TERM 3: Understanding, planning, creating, writing a magazine.

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English assessments

*90053Produce formal writing3 creditsInternalCore study in Term 3: Students write a magazine article for their group's magazine

Media assessments

*90993Produce a design and plan for a media product using a specified range of conventions3 creditsInternalCore study in Term 3: Plan a magazine.

*90994Complete a media product from a design and plan for a media product using a specified range of conventions6 creditsInternalCore study in Term 3: Create a magazine.

*90996Write media texts for a specific target audience3 creditsInternalCore study in Term 3: Students write a magazine article for their group's magazine.

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OPTIONAL & EXTENSION STUDY

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*90851Show understanding of significant aspects of unfamiliar written text(s) through close reading, using supporting evidence4 creditsExternalCore study in Term 1: Students identify language features and techniques in short stories, poetry and non-fiction texts.


*90854Form personal responses to independently read texts, supported by evidence4 creditsInternalOptional study Term 1 - 3. Final submission in Term 3.

*90856Show understanding of visual and/or oral text(s) through close viewing and/or listening, using supporting evidence3 creditsInternal Optional assessment of English component of core study in Term 2: Analysing the visual language of a film.

What should I have already achieved?
For the greatest success, you should have 'Achieved' at Level 5 of the New Zealand Curriculum in Year 10.

What will I learn?
In English, you will study, use and enjoy language and literature that is communicated orally, visually and in writing. You will learn to become a more oral, written and visual communicator. You will be making meaning from ideas and information you receive (by listening, reading and viewing) and creating meaning for yourself and others (by speaking, writing and presenting). You will apply different processes and strategies to develop knowledge, skills and understandings related to: text purposes and audiences, ideas within language contexts, language features, and the structure and organisation of texts.

This course additional contains content from Media Studies.  In Media studies, you learn about the impact of Media on society, information on the Media industry, and techniques for analysing and producing Media.

Term 1 focuses on researching the impact of media on society and a study of the Coming of Age film genre.  Term 2 focuses on a detailed study of a Coming of Age novella and film, and detailed analysis of film language and techniques.  Term 3 studies the conventions of magazine journalism and production, and involves creating a magazine. 

How will this course be assessed?

You will be assessed via a combination of internal and external assessments. The assessments are detailed above.

The core programme, including at least one external, provides opportunity for course endorsement in BOTH English and Media Studies.  Some course content is assessed against both English and Media Studies, allowing students to gain additional credits for the same learning in a different learning context.  

The standard assessment load for this course is high, and students programmes of study may be personalised to ensure that core English credits are not sacrificed for Media credits. 

Will there be Further Assessment Opportunities (FAO)?
An FAO for the Research Inquiry (AS90853) is available in Term 2. No other assessments include a FAO.

Are there any pre-requisites for Level 2 English or Level 2 Media Studies?
A minimum of 14 credits, including Research Inquiry (AS90853) and achievement in one external (AS90849, AS90850 or AS90851) is required for unconditional admission to Level 2 English. It is preferred that you have demonstrated a broad base of English skills and achieved: one internal assessment for reading, one internal assessment for writing, one internal assessment for visual/oral language and at least one external assessment.

Level 2 Media Studies will admit Media + English students based on satisfactory progress in this course.

What are the course costs? There is a workbook to buy from the college.
If suitable opportunities for guest speakers, cinematic viewings or dramatic performances arise, there may be a cost involved for the trip.