Vce English Language Essay Examples

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VCE English Language – Sample Spoken Transcript & Questions!

In today’s post, I’d like to present to students a sample informal spoken transcript along with some questions that I have created for you. I found the transcript online through a UK website and from this I formed my own questions.

Hint: go to Google and type in ‘spoken transcript examples’ and find some examples online of transcripts. This can be a great way for you to practice should you have run out of practice pieces! If you want to go a step further, you can even make your own questions for these pieces you find online 🙂

With many schools conducting their first SAC for English Language as short answer questions shortly, I believe this post will help many students! Make sure that you ask your teacher when and in what format your first SAC is – never leave this to the last minute. Even if you first SAC isn’t a short answer piece, you can still practice as undoubtedly this will help you for the exam, or just for understanding metalanguage!

I want you to look at this transcript and ask yourself first and foremost, “why is this transcript informal?”. Think about that for a few moments and then move.

“Why is this informal?”

What makes it informal? To give you some hints, have a look at:

  • The spontaneity of the dialogue such as false starts…
  • The efficiency of speech such as elision…
  • The spoken discourse features such as pause fillers…
  • The lexical features such as colloquialisms

Okay that’s enough. But use that as food for thought 🙂


Download the transcript here:


Answer the following short answer questions, paying close attention to the marking!

  1. How does the language used reflect the informal context in which this conversation takes place? Refer to the subsystems of lexicology and phonology in your response. (6 marks)

  2. How are the syntactic choices here informal? Refer to two different examples. (4 marks)
  3. Choose two different discourse particles and discuss the function of each in the text. Provide line numbers. (4 marks)

  4. On line 11, an overlap can be seen. Is this a cooperative or uncooperative overlap? Explain why. (2 marks)

Short Answer Tips

  1. Look at the marks! This will give you an indicator as to how much you need to write. You don’t want to write too much, or even too little. This will mean you will run out of time, or have too much time left over and will compromise on quality answers. 
  2. Look for plurals in the question (does it say ‘features’ or ‘choices’?).
  3. Do not list or write dot-points. This is an English subject.
  4. Try and knock this out ASAP when you get into the exam. More marks are allocated to the commentary and essay section. However, this doesn’t mean you compromise on quality.
  5. This section is a great test of your metalinguistic knowledge. If you fail to know your metalanguage then this section will be very difficult to complete indeed!
  6. Pay attention to the timing!

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VCE English Language – Sample Spoken Transcript & Questions!

English Language Classes: Dates and Times


Term 3: Please note: The focus will be on Section C: writing, writing, writing: essay planning (topic sentences/quotes/evidence); Section 2: analytical commentaries (context/stylistic and discourse features/social purpose and degree of formality/informality) as well as Section: specific short answer questions. The standard of writing is high for English Language.

Please see the following notes that will be updated during the year on English Language

  1. See Index of Examples for public language 2015 – 2016
  2. See Index of Examples for Identity and language 2015 – 2016
  3. See Index of Examples for Changes to Australian English 2015-2016

Summary of the subsystems which is at the basis of everything you will do in English Language

Area Studies and Notes:

  1. Public language: inclusive and exclusive Language (slang and jargon; euphemism and doublespeak: language reflects social values)
  2. Formal and Informal Language  (Slang and Jargon: euphemisms and dysphemisms)
  3. Factors driving Language Change  (Globalisation and Americanisation)
  4. Language and Identity  : the Vernacular/ broad Australian accent; teenspeak and slang; aboriginal languages
  5. Commentary Structure
  6. Also see notes for Coherence and Cohesion which is critical to the Short Answer and Commentary sections.

Sample essays to work on throughout the year with current examples.



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