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Year 10 English Tutoring

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Year 10 English Tutors

In year 10, students look closer at citing and referencing texts. When selecting vocabulary, students learn to be more precise with meaning with the intention of affecting audiences. In literature response, students begin to analyse and respond to others’ interpretations of texts. They study social and ethical viewpoints represented in texts. When creating literary texts, students start to develop a personal style and evaluate the effectiveness of their texts. In imaginative writing, students make connections with other texts based on themes and references.

The core contents of year 10 English are:

  • Citing and referencing conventions,
  • Text analysis, including how the arrangement of sentence and clause structures, nominalisation, and abstraction shape meaning,
  • Literature response, including engaging with other interpretations of texts,
  • Delivering presentations with attention to voice, language conventions, and other strategies to engage audiences,
  • Creating well developed imaginative, informative, and persuasive texts that address complex issues.

When analysing texts, many students at this year level struggle with putting forth their own point of view. Often, the task is to discuss a particular statement made about a text and students tend to rehash the plot instead of using the relevant events or passages in the text to support an argument.

By the end of year 10 English, students should be able to:

  • Develop interpretations of texts and evaluate others’ interpretations,
  • Use cohesive arguments to explain various viewpoints and perspectives,
  • Develop their own writing style using language features, stylistic devices, text structures and images,
  • Create texts that present complex ideas,
  • Actively contribute to class discussions, expressing their own and engaging with others’ opinions,
  • Use correct grammar, select vocabulary for effect, and use accurate spelling and punctuation.

Putting forth an argument with evidence, writing about complex ideas, and developing their own writing style are some of the main concepts taught in year 10.
Using feedback on essays and other writing from the student’s classroom teacher, a tutor can help focus on the areas that your child is having problems in. Problem areas can be expression, sentence structure, retelling the story instead of making an argument and others. Working in partnership with the teacher in this way can result in demonstrated progress.
By year 10, many students have established certain writing habits and writing processes which sometimes leads to the same errors or to a lack of improvement. However, year 10 is a good time to polish essay writing skills including answering the question, arguing a particular point of view with evidence, and brushing up on grammar so that the student is prepared for the crucial final years of high school.
If you can, it is a good idea to read the novels or other texts your child is studying so that they can discuss their ideas and work with you. Often talking aloud to another person helps to clarify ideas.

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