FAQ

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 2018 Year 11 and 12 VCE English and English Literature lists. These lists are printed below. 

Year 12 ENGLISH 2018

List 1 Novels Adiga, Aravind, The White Tiger (4) Grenville, Kate, The Lieutenant (A) (2) Kent, Hannah, Burial Rites (A) (4) Le Guin, Ursula, The Left Hand of Darkness (2) London, Joan, The Golden Age (A) (2) Piper, Christine, After Darkness (A) (1) Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein (3) Witting, Amy, I for Isobel (A) (4) Short stories Kennedy, Cate, Like a House on Fire (A) (1) Stories for study: ‘Flexion’, ‘Ashes’, ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, ‘Tender’, ‘Like a House on Fire’, ‘FiveDollar Family’, ‘Cross-country’, ‘Sleepers’, ‘Whirlpool’, ‘Cake’, ‘White Spirit’, ‘Little Plastic Shipwreck’, ‘Waiting’, ‘Static’, ‘Seventy-Two Derwents’. MacLeod, Alistair, Island: Collected Stories (3) 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’. Plays Euripides, ‘Medea’, in Medea and Other Plays (4) Rayson, Hannie, Extinction (A) (1) Shakespeare, William, Measure for Measure (3) Poetry/Songs Donne, John, Selected Poems (3) Skrzynecki, Peter, Old/New World: New & Selected Poems (A) (2) VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Text List 2018 © VCAA Page 5 Multimodal texts Films Hitchcock, Alfred (director), Rear Window (1) Polly, Sarah (director), Stories We Tell (1) Other Satrapi, Marjane, Persepolis, Jonathan Cape (1) Non-fiction texts Boo, Katherine, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (2) Capote, Truman, In Cold Blood (1) VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Text List 2018 © VCAA Page 6 List 2 For VCE EAL students only, one text in each pair is nominated for achievement of Unit 3 Outcome 1: Reading and creating texts. This text is indicated by (EAL). Pair 1 Non-fiction text Multimodal text – Film Davidson, Robyn, Tracks (A) (2) (EAL) Penn, Sean (director), Into the Wild (2) Pair 2 Multimodal text – Film Novel Eastwood, Clint (director), Invictus (2) (EAL) Malouf, David, Ransom (A) (2) Pair 3 Non-fiction text Novel Funder, Anna, Stasiland (A) (2) (EAL) Orwell, George, Nineteen Eighty-Four (2) Pair 4 Non-fiction text Novel MacCarter, Kent and Lemer, Ali (eds), Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (A) (2) (EAL) Lahiri, Jhumpa, The Namesake (2) Pair 5 Play Novel Miller, Arthur, The Crucible (2) (EAL) Brooks, Geraldine, Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague (A) (2) Pair 6 Play Novel Murray-Smith, Joanna, Bombshells (A) (2) (EAL) Atwood, Margaret, The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (2) Pair 7 Play Novel Wright, Tom, Black Diggers (A) (2) (EAL) D’Aguiar, Fred, The Longest Memory (2) VCE English and English as an Additional Language (EAL) Text List 2018 © VCAA Page 7 Pair 8 Non-fiction text Multimodal text – Film Yousafzai, Malala, with Lamb, Christina, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (2) (EAL) Cole, Nigel (director), Made in Dagenham (2)

Year 12 ENGLISH LITERATURE 2018

Novels Cadwallader, Robyn, The Anchoress (A)(1) Calvino, Italo, ‘The Baron in the Trees’, in Our Ancestors, Archibald Colquhoun (trans.) (2) Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness (3) Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South (2) Scott, Kim, That Deadman Dance (A)(4) Stead, Christina, The Man Who Loved Children (A)(3) Tomasi di Lampedusa, Guiseppe, The Leopard (3) Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, The Sound of Things Falling, Anne McLean (trans.) (2) Winterson, Jeanette, The Passion (1) Plays Aeschylus, ‘Agamemnon’, in The Oresteia, Robert Fagles (trans.) (4) Delaney, Shelagh, A Taste of Honey (1) Ionesco, Eugène, ‘Rhinoceros’, Derek Prouse (trans.), in Rhinoceros, The Chairs, The Lesson (4) Reza, Yasmina, Art (1) Shakespeare, William, Coriolanus (4) Shakespeare, William, Twelfth Night (2) Shepard, Sam, Buried Child (2) Williams, Tennessee, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2) Short stories Beneba Clarke, Maxine, Foreign Soil (A) (1) Stories for study: ‘David’; ‘Hope’, ‘Shu Yi’, ‘Railton Road’, ‘Gaps in the Hickory’, ‘Big Island’, ‘The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa’, ‘The Suki Yaki Book Club’ Dovey, Ceridwen, Only the Animals (A) (1) Stories for study: ‘Pigeons, a Pony, the Tomcat and I’, ‘Hundstage’ ‘Somewhere Along the Line the Pearl Would be Handed to Me’, ‘Plautus, a Memoir of my Years on Earth and Last days in Space’, ‘I, the Elephant, Wrote This’, ‘A Letter to Sylvia Plath’, ‘Psittacophile’ Gogol, Nikolay, The Diary of a Madman, The Government Inspector and Selected Stories (3) VCE Literature Text List 2018 © VCAA Page 4 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’ Other literature Fitzpatrick, Sheila, My Father’s Daughter: Memories of an Australian Childhood (A) (3) Stanner, WEH, The Dreaming & Other Essays (A) (4) 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 (2) Woolf, Virginia, A Room of One’s Own (1) Poetry 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 (3) 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 (2) 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 (A) (4) 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 VCE Literature Text List 2018 © VCAA Page 5 Hill, Wiltshire’, ‘The Almond-tree in the King James Version’, ‘Reading Aloud’, ‘Poems a Long Way after Basho’ –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Plath, Sylvia, Ariel (1) Poems for study: ‘Morning Song’, ‘Sheep in Fog’, ‘The Applicant’, ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Tulips’, ‘Cut’, ‘The Night Dances’, ‘Poppies in October’, ‘Nick and the Candlestick’, ‘The Moon and the Yew Tree’, ‘Letter in November’, ‘Daddy’, ‘You’re’, ‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’, ‘The Munich Mannequins’, ‘Balloons’, ‘Kindness’, ‘Words’ –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wagan Watson, Samuel, Smoke Encrypted Whispers (A) (1) Poems for study: ‘Magnesium Girl’, ‘On the River’, ‘Waiting for the Good Man’, ‘White Stucco Dreaming’, ‘Jetty Nights’, ‘A Verse for the Cheated’, ‘The Gloom Swans’, ‘Labelled’, ‘For the Wake and Skeleton Dance’, ‘Cheap White-Goods at the Dreamtime Sale’, ‘Poem 9’, ‘Hotel Bone’, ‘We’re Not Truckin’ Around’, ‘Night Racing’, ‘Deo Optimo Maximo’, ‘Jaded Olympic Moments’, ‘Smoke Signals’, ‘Cribb Island’ –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Wallace-Crabbe, Chris, New and Selected Poems (A) (3) 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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