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ETA HSC English Weebly


This weebly has been created for members to share materials they have found successful in their teaching of the HSC Standard and Advanced courses. Extension and ESL courses will be added as material is provided.

ETA Annual Conference 

Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November

University of NSW
With a new senior syllabus at our doorstep and the introduction of the English Textual Concepts™, we are navigating through exciting waters. This conference aims to explore the possibilities of emerging currents that bring with them profound changes to the ways we teach our students. The full program is now available. 
Registration by fax or post.   Online registration.  Full program.

We also have conference pre-purchase specials of The Artful English Teacher and still to be released the ETA's own publication, the first of a series on writing, Creative Horizons: Crafting Creative Writers by Mel Dixon. Enjoy a small sample lesson.

Textual Concepts

The English Textual Concepts™ website is now live and available to teachers. This progression of textual concepts and processes through which students learn them gives members a clear development of the understandings explicitly stated in or implied by the English K-10 syllabus. Developed jointly by the ETA and the NSW Department of Education, English Textual Concepts™ explains the meanings of concepts within a theoretical framework and charts the development of these from Early Stage One to Stage 5 to support teachers in 

  • guiding students towards higher order thinking through the core of the discipline of English 
  • developing understanding of these concepts for their students through the processes of English and
  • concept-based programming. 

Give your students the benefit of this resource.


 October November

New Free Resource: Concepts

The ETA has joined with WestWords to create a resource for teaching in years 7-10 English classes. With a focus on the English Textual Concepts™ this resource supports the teaching and learning of the concepts of representation, narrative, character, theme, point of view, figuration, and code and convention. Using Western Sydney as a case study for the investigation into writing about place the resource offers a range of student activities and short texts and teacher notes to stimulate students' creative writing.  

HSC online courses for students

ETA has partnered with Edrolo, an extensive study and exam revision resource create online teaching and learning modules for the HSC Standard and Advanced courses. Developed and presented by expert teachers, these presentations and activities are designed to assist you in guiding your students through their coursework during the year and as they prepare for their final exams.

Click here to learn more -

mETAphor monograph

Primary teachers will now also receive a publication specifically directed at teaching English concepts in Stages 1-3. Our first edition is on Genre and intertextuality. Please login in to enjoy this members only benefit.

Latest mETAphor

mETAphor Issue 3

Issue 3 includes: English Textual Concepts ; English Studies; Teaching Sidekicks by Kostakis; Science fiction; Jasper Jones; Creative writing for discovery; Rosemary Dobson unit; reviews; the Kibble Awards and related text lists

Latest English in Australia

English in Australia
2016 Volume 51 number1

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Individual members of ETAs in other states

Members of ETAs in other states can access all online resources including our journal mETAphor by joining as an associate member.