1. Most tutors in our area offer tutorial times only during afternoons or evenings? Are you available during the day?

Yes! ‘English Tutoring by Philip Brown’ offers tutorial and other services from 7am to 9pm, Monday to Friday.

2. What English texts are currently being taught to students of 'English Tutoring by Philip Brown'?

Texts being studied intensively this year are from the 2017 Year 11 and 12 VCE English and English Literature lists. These lists are printed below. 

Year 12 ENGLISH 2017

List 1


Adiga, Aravind, The White Tiger

Brontë, Emily, Wuthering Heights

Kent, Hannah, Burial Rites

Matar, Hisham, In The Country of Men

Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein

Tóibín, Colm, Brooklyn

Winton, Tim, Cloudstreet

Witting, Amy, I for Isobel

Short stories

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, The Thing Around Your Neck

Stories for study: ‘Cell One’, ‘A Private Experience’, ‘Ghosts’, ‘On Monday of Last Week’, ‘Jumping

Monkey Hill’, ‘The Thing Around Your Neck’, ‘The American Embassy’, ‘The Shivering’, ‘The Arrangers of

Marriage’, ‘Tomorrow Is Too Far’, ‘The Headstrong Historian’

MacLeod, Alistair, Island: Collected Stories

Stories for study: ‘The Boat’, ‘The Vastness of the Dark’, ‘The Golden Gift of Grey’, ‘The Return’, ‘The

Lost Salt Gift of Blood’, ‘The Road to Rankin’s Point’, ‘The Closing Down of Summer’, ‘To Every Thing

There Is a Season’, ‘Second Spring’, ‘Winter Dog’, ‘The Tuning of Perfection’, ‘Vision’, ‘Island’


Davis, Jack, No Sugar

Euripides, ‘Medea’, in Medea and Other Plays

Shakespeare, William, Measure for Measure


Donne, John, Selected Poems

Harwood, Gwen, Selected Poems


Mankiewicz, Joseph (director), All About Eve

Perkins, Rachel (director), Mabo

Graphic novel

Spiegelman, Art, The Complete Maus

Non-fiction texts

Funder, Anna, Stasiland

Wolff, Tobias, This Boy’s Life



List A


Calvino, Italo, ‘Baron in the Trees’, in Our Ancestors, Archibald Colquhoun (trans.) (1)

Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness (2)

Franklin, Miles, My Brilliant Career (4) (A)

Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South (1)

Ondaatje, Michael, The Cat’s Table (4)

Scott, Kim, That Deadman Dance (3) (A)

Stead, Christina, The Man Who Loved Children (2) (A)

Tomasi di Lampedusa, Guiseppe, The Leopard (2)

Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, The Sound of Things Falling, Anne McLean (trans.) (1)


Aeschylus, ‘Agamemnon’, in The Oresteia, Robert Fagles (trans.) (3)

Ibsen, Henrik, A Doll’s House (4)

Ionesco, Eugène, ‘Rhinoceros’, Derek Prouse (trans.), in Rhinoceros, The Chairs, The Lesson (3)

Shakespeare, William, Coriolanus (3)

Shakespeare, William, Twelfth Night (1)

Shaw, George Bernard, Pygmalion (4)

Shepard, Sam, Buried Child (1)

Williams, Tennessee, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1)

Short stories

Gogol, Nikolay, The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories (2)

Stories for study: ‘Ivan Fyodorovich Shponka and His Aunt’, ‘How Ivan Ivanovich Quarrelled

with Ivan Nikiforovich’, ‘Nevsky Prospekt’, ‘The Nose’, ‘The Overcoat’, ‘Diary of a Madman’,

‘The Carriage’

Kennedy, Cate, Dark Roots (4) (A)

Stories for study: ‘What Thou and I Did, Till We Loved’, ‘A Pitch Too High for the Human Ear’,

‘Habit’, ‘Flotsam’, ‘Cold Snap’, ‘Resize’, ‘The Testosterone Club’, ‘Dark Roots’, ‘Angel’, ‘Seizure’,

‘The Light of Coincidence’, ‘Soundtrack’, ‘Direct Action’, ‘The Correct Names of Things’,

‘Wheelbarrow Thief’, ‘Sea Burial’, ‘Kill or Cure’

Proulx, Annie, Close Range: Brokeback Mountain and Other Stories (4)

Stories for study: ‘The Half-Skinned Steer’, ‘People in Hell Just Want a Drink of Water’,

‘The Bunchgrass Edge of the World’, ‘A Lonely Coast’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’


Other literature

Barnes, Julian, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (4)

Fitzpatrick, Sheila, My Father’s Daughter: Memories of an Australian Childhood (2) (A)

Stanner, WEH, The Dreaming & Other Essays (3) (A)

Essays for study: ‘Durmugam: A Nangiomeri’, ‘The Dreaming’, ‘The Aborigines’, ‘Continuity and

Change among the Aborigines’, ‘Aborigines and Australian Society’, ‘Aboriginal Humour’

Voltaire, Candide, or Optimism (1)


Each poem listed must be studied. In the case of longer poems, extracts from the poem may be

used in the examination.

Browning, Robert, Selected Poems (2)

Poems for study: ‘Porphyria’s Lover’, ‘My Last Duchess’, ‘Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister’,

‘The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church’, ‘Love Among the Ruins’,

‘Fra Lippo Lippi’, ‘A Toccata of Galuppi’s’, ‘Andrea Del Sarto’, ‘Two in the Campagna’,

‘Confessions’, ‘Youth and Art’, ‘Never the Time and the Place’


Chang, Tina, Handal, Nathalie and Shankar, Ravi (eds), Language for a New Century:

Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (1)

Poems for study from ‘In the Grasp of Childhood Fields’:

Joseph O Legaspi, ‘Ode to My Mother’s Hair’; Ha Jin, ‘Homework’; Tanikawa Shuntarō,

‘In Praise of Goldberg’; Xuân Quỳnh, ‘The Blue Flower’; Romesh Gunesekera, ‘Turning Point’;

Dilawar Karadaghi, ‘A Child Who Returned from There Told Us’; Luis Cabalquinto, ‘Depths of Field’

Poems for study from ‘Parsed into Colors’

Diana Der-Hovanessian, ‘Two Voices’; Leung Ping-Kwan, ‘Postcards of Old Hong Kong’;

Ravi Shankar, ‘Exile’; Gregory Djanikian, ‘The Boy Who Had Eleven Toes’; K Dhondup, ‘Exile’;

Li-Young Lee, ‘Immigrant Blues’

Poems for study from ‘Slips and Atmospherics’

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, ‘The World’s a Printing House’; Arundhathi Subramaniam, ‘Strategist’;

Marjorie Evasco, ‘Dreamweavers’; Michael Ondaatje, ‘Proust in the Waters’


Dobson, Rosemary, Collected (3) (A)

Poems for study: ‘The Fisherman and the Moon’, ‘The Ship of Ice’, ‘Painter of Umbria’, ‘The Mirror’,

‘The Tiger’, ‘Out of Winter’, ‘Annunciations’, ‘The Passionate Poet and His Muse’, ‘The Passionate

Poet and the Moon’, ‘Eutychus’, ‘Over the Frontier’, ‘The Greek Vase’, ‘The Sanctuary on Overton

Hill, Wiltshire’, ‘The Almond-tree in the King James Version’, ‘Reading Aloud’, ‘Poems a Long Way

after Basho’


Heaney, Seamus, Opened Ground (4)

Poems for study: ‘Death of a Naturalist’, ‘Follower’, ‘Mid-Term Break’, ‘Poem’, ‘Requiem for the

Croppies’, ‘The Tollund Man’, ‘Limbo’, ‘Funeral Rites’, ‘Punishment’, ‘Act of Union’, ‘The Strand at

Lough Beg’, ‘The Otter’, ‘In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge’, ‘A Transgression’, ‘The Swing’


Szymborska, Wisława, Sounds, Feelings, Thoughts: Seventy Poems by Wisława Szymborska (4)

Poems for study: ‘Two Monkeys by Brueghel’, ‘Atlantis’, ‘The Museum’, ‘Travel Elegy’, ‘Water’,

‘The Joy of Writing’, ‘Pieta’, ‘Tarsier’, ‘Advertisement’, ‘Autotomy’, ‘Psalm’, ‘The Terrorist,

He Watches’, ‘Life While You Wait’, ‘Utopia’


Wallace-Crabbe, Chris, New and Selected Poems (2) (A)

Poems for study: ‘Shadows’, ‘The Swing’, ‘In Light and Darkness’, ‘Genesis’, ‘Now That April’s

Here’, ‘Sacred Ridges above Diamond Creek’, ‘The Thing Itself’, ‘An Elegy’, ‘Sunset Sky near

Coober Pedy’, ‘Reality’, ‘Erstwhile’, ‘Timber’, ‘The Rescue Will Not Take Place’, ‘Cho Ben Thanh:

Richmond’, ‘At the Clothesline’ (in ‘The Domestic Sublime’)


3. Do any of your clients prefer online tuition over person-to-person tuition? Why?
Yes, some clients report they prefer online tuition. Of course, travel needed for person-to-person meetings can be expensive and having a tutor in your home can be inconvenient. Clients of online tuition move smoothly into and out of tuition sessions without leaving their familiar working environment. Students comment that the convenience of online meeting makes it easier to commit to the regular coaching they need. Finally, the documents and notes typically shared in online sessions are a valuable resource afterwards.
4. I have viewed your pricing for proofreading but I'm not sure of the quality of my work and the time it will take to proofread. Can we consult on this?
Of course! It will cost you nothing to have an email exchange to sort out the time needed to proofread your writing project. Or you can just send it to us and obtain a free quote.
5. What is your most requested lesson or course of study?
Essay method, which our senior tutor has been teaching with great success for 25 years!

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