• English
  • Year 8

Language and Literary Techniques

approx. 6 hrs

5 topics

5 concepts

Learn to identify, analyse and evaluate English language and literary techniques to elevate your critical responses and enrich your creative writing.

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The Year 8 Language and Literary Techniques program gives students the tools to use and analyse the expressive elements and devices found in English studies and identified in the Australian Curriculum. We look closely at a wide range of language and figurative techniques including those specific to poetry, prose fiction, nonfiction and drama, and we demonstrate how to respond insightfully to the rich complexities of allusions, motifs and symbols. The Language and Literary Techniques program goes beyond merely identifying elements and devices; it equips students with the skills to explain and evaluate their specific impacts, and it models how to utilise these techniques in their own writing. The program is designed to enliven the critical and creative work of every student and to build personal confidence in English.

Topics & Concepts We Cover

The Language and Literary Techniques program for Year 8 includes the following Topics and Concepts.

  • Analysing Language Techniques

    1. Students consolidate and deepen their understanding of the structure and sound of language and the effect of devices such as alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia on a reader’s response to a text.
  • Analysing Figurative Devices

    1. Students analyse the use of techniques such as metaphor, simile and personification, and explain the ways in which imagery enriches the experience of reading texts.
  • Analysing Symbols and Allusions

    1. We look closely at the way writers use techniques such as symbolism, allusion, irony, contrast and paradox to build textual layers, create rich literary and dramatic worlds, and appeal to different audiences.
  • Analysing Poetic Techniques

    1. Students learn to identify and analyse techniques commonly used in poetry such as lineation, rhyme and metre and explain the effect these devices have on the reader’s response to the work. They experiment with similar techniques in their own writing to expand their literary skills.
  • Analysing Rhetoric

    1. We analyse specific rhetorical techniques, identifying how and why they add power to fiction, nonfiction and drama texts. Students learn to apply these techniques in their own critical, persuasive and creative writing.

What you'll get

Learning Content

  • A customised learning plan to suit your needs, adapting to your pace as you learn, progress and achieve mastery
  • All the content required to help you master the syllabus, including theory, worked examples, exam preparation and practice questions

An Expert Tutor

  • We match you to a private, expert tutor who is right for your needs and goals
  • Our tutors are talented, tested, top ATAR achievers and subject experts
  • During each session, your tutor guides you through your learning program, providing real-time, live expert tutoring in Language and Literary Techniques


  • Access information at every stage showing what's been mastered, what areas need to be worked on and what's next
  • You and your parents receive a comprehensive feedback report after every session
  • Every session is recorded and available for you to watch at any time, allowing you to review what was covered

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