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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.

Call for papers
Annual Conference - 18th - 19th November

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. Even after four centuries great literary figures like Shakespeare offer inspiration and newness and create pathways through the present. Shakespeare may not have dreamed of our world but he understood those rhythms of humanity that steer us forward.

Textual Concepts

This progression of textual concepts 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 Department of Education, Textual Concepts explains the meanings of terms and charts the development of these terms 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 and
  • concept-based programming. 

Give your students the benefit of this resource.



    Friday 3rd  
    Literacy Coordinators:  Using the behaviour change model,  Leading whole school Literacy Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registration.   
    Monday 6th, 4.45pm to 6.45pm
    Teachers: English Teachers teach-and-meet - Bathurst, Library - All Saints College, 70 Eglinton Road, Bathurst  Program and registration by fax or post.
     Online registration.  

    Wednesday 8th 
    Teachers: webinar series 4.30 - 5.30pm (Session 2)  Across the curriculum Grammar.  Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations. 

    Thursday 9th
    Leaders in K-6 English: Guiding programming K-6 with  English Textual Concepts, Rydges Surry Hills, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills
    Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registration.    

    Tuesday 14th
    Teachers: webinar series 4.30 - 5.30pm (Ssession 2) Developing a culture of creativity.  Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations

    Wednesday 22nd
    Students: HSC Modules Day: 10.00-2.30pm, University of Technology Sydney Broadway & Haymarket Campus  Program and registration by fax or post.   online registrations.   Information for Modules day at UTS  Risk assessment.   


    Wednesday 7th - Sunday 10th 
    National Conference - Adelaide - Weaving Worlds with Words and Wonder

    Saturday 23rd 
    Teachers: Dubbo:
    Teaching through concepts, Dubbo Christian School, 141 Sheraton Rd, Dubbo NSW 2830. Program and registration by fax or post. Online registrations.

    Friday 29th 
    Teachers: Armidale: Teaching through concepts, Armidale Bowling Club Auditorium, 92-96 Dumaresq St, Armidale. Program and registration by fax or post.  Online registrations.  

    New Publications:

    Lots of activities, worksheets and chapter ideas for you to use, now online!

    Table of contents

    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 -

    Latest mETAphor

    mETAphor Issue 2

    This edition of mETAphor contains articles on Stage 6 texts and on pedagogy with writer interviews and reviews of books. Table of Contents.

    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.