1. I need online tutoring now! Do you still have tutoring times available for online tuition?

Yes, though the coronavirus has created a bigger than usual demand for online tuition there are still times available. We use Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Skype. Please message or call Philip on 0416 218 432 for details. Alternatively, email to philip@english-tutoring.com.

Of course, online learning has for some time been the practicable alternative for many. 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. The convenience of online meeting makes it easier to commit to the regular coaching. Finally, the documents and notes typically shared in online sessions are a valuable resource afterwards. The natural advantages of online learning mean it the various platforms have been well tried and tested.

2. Are my texts being taught at 'English Tutoring by Philip Brown'?

Texts being studied intensively this year are from the 2020 Year 11 and 12 VCE English and English Literature lists. All texts required are read and taught by the tutor. These lists are printed below. Find your text!


List 1


Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart (1)

Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice (1)

Doerr, Anthony, All the Light We Cannot See (2)

Grenville, Kate, The Lieutenant (A) (4)

Jordan, Toni, Nine Days (A) (2)

London, Joan, The Golden Age (A) (4)

Piper, Christine, After Darkness (A) (3)

St John Mandel, Emily, Station Eleven (2)

Short stories

Kennedy, Cate, Like a House on Fire (A) (3)

Stories for study: ‘Flexion’, ‘Ashes’, ‘Laminex and Mirrors’, ‘Tender’, ‘Like a House on Fire’, ‘Five-Dollar Family’, ‘Cross-country’, ‘Sleepers’, ‘Whirlpool’, ‘Cake’, ‘White Spirit’, ‘Little Plastic Shipwreck’, ‘Waiting’, ‘Static’, ‘Seventy-Two Derwents’.

Munro, Alice, Runaway (1)

Stories for study: all.


Euripides, The Women of Troy (2)

Rayson, Hannie, Extinction (A) (3)

Shakespeare, William, Much Ado About Nothing (1)


Skrzynecki, Peter, Old/New World: New & Selected Poems (A) (4)

Wordsworth, William, William Wordsworth: Poems selected by Seamus Heaney (1)

Multimodal texts


Hitchcock, Alfred (director), Rear Window (3)

Polley, Sarah (director), Stories We Tell (3)


Satrapi, Marjane, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, Jonathan Cape (3)

Non-fiction texts

Boo, Katherine, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (4)

Capote, Truman, In Cold Blood (3)


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) (4) (EAL) de Heer, Rolf, Charlie’s Country (A) (2)

Pair 2

Multimodal text – Film Novel
Frears, Stephen, The Queen (1) (EAL) Malouf, David, Ransom (A) (4)

Pair 3

Non-fiction text Novel
Funder, Anna, Stasiland (A) (4) (EAL) Ishiguro, Kazuo, Never Let Me Go (2)

Pair 4

Non-fiction text Novel
Szubanski, Magda, Reckoning (A) (2) (EAL) Lahiri, Jhumpa, The Namesake (4)

Pair 5

Play Novel
Miller, Arthur, The Crucible (4) (EAL) Ham, Rosalie, The Dressmaker (A) (1)

Pair 6

Play Novel
Ziegler, Anna, Photograph 51 (2) (EAL) Atwood, Margaret, The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (4)

Pair 7

Play Novel
Mailman, Debra and Enoch, Wesley, The 7 Stages of Grieving (A) (1) (EAL) D’Aguiar, Fred, The Longest Memory (4)

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 (4) (EAL) Warchus, Matthew (director), Pride (1)

Year 11 and 12 ENGLISH LITERATURE 2020


Austen, Jane, Northanger Abbey (2)

Cadwallader, Robyn, The Anchoress (A) (3)

Calvino, Italo, ‘The Baron in the Trees’, in Our Ancestors, Archibald Colquhoun (trans.) (4)

Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South (4)

Lindsay, Joan, Picnic at Hanging Rock (A) (1)

Vásquez, Juan Gabriel, The Sound of Things Falling, Anne McLean (trans.) (4)

Winterson, Jeanette, The Passion (3)

Wright, Alexis, Carpentaria (A) (2)

Zola, Emile, The Ladies’ Paradise, Brian Nelson (trans.) (1)


Bovell, Andrew, Speaking in Tongues (A) (2)

Delaney, Shelagh, A Taste of Honey (3)

Euripides, Hippolytus (2)

Morrison, Toni, and Traoré, Rokia, Desdemona (2)

Reza, Yasmina, Art (3)

Shakespeare, William, Othello (2)

Shakespeare, William, Twelfth Night (4)

Shepard, Sam, Buried Child (4)

Williams, Tennessee, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (4)

Short stories

Beneba Clarke, Maxine, Foreign Soil (A) (3)

Stories for study: ‘David’; ‘Hope’, ‘Shu Yi’, ‘Railton Road’, ‘Gaps in the Hickory’, ‘Big Islan’, ‘The Stilt Fishermen of Kathaluwa’, ‘The Suki Yaki Book Club’.

Dovey, Ceridwen, Only the Animals (A) (3)

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’.

Munro, Alice, Dance of the Happy Shades (1)

Stories for study: all.

Other literature

Voltaire, Candide, or Optimism, Theo Cuffe (ed. and trans.) (4)

Winton, Tim, The Boy Behind the Curtain (A) (1)

Selections for study: ‘The Boy Behind the Curtain’, ‘A Space Odyssey at Eight’, ‘Havoc: A Life in Accidents’, ‘A Walk at Low Tide’, ‘Repatriation’, ‘Betsy’, ‘Twice on Sundays’, ‘The Wait and the Flow’, ‘In the Shadow of the Hospital’, ‘The Battle for Ningaloo Reef’, ‘The Demon Shark’, ‘Using the C-word’, ‘Stones for Bread’, ‘Sea Change’, ‘Barefoot in the Temple of Art’.

Woolf, Virginia, A Room of One’s Own (3)


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

Chang, Tina, Handal, Nathalie and Shankar, Ravi (eds), Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (4)

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’.

Dickinson, Emily, The Complete Poems (1)

Poems for study: (45) There’s something quieter than sleep; (228) Blazing in Gold and quenching in Purple; (254) “Hope” is the thing with feathers; (258) There’s a certain Slant of light; (280) I felt a Funeral, in my Brain; (389) There’s been a Death, in the Opposite House; (441) This is my letter to the World; (465) I heard a Fly buzz—when I died; (533) Two Butterflies went out at Noon; (622) To know just how He suffered—would be dear; (709) Publication—is the Auction; (712) Because I could not stop for Death; (754) My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun; (761) From Blank to Blank; (986) A narrow Fellow in the Grass; (1136) The Frost of Death was on the Pane; (1235) Like Rain it sounded till it curved; (1764) The saddest noise, the sweetest noise.

Plath, Sylvia, Ariel (3)

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’.

Slessor, Kenneth, Selected Poems (A) (1)

Poems for study: ‘Earth-Visitors’, ‘Pan at Lane Cove’, ‘Winter Dawn’, ‘Stars’, ‘The Night-Ride’, ‘Realities’, ‘Music’ (sections 1–6), ‘Captain Dobbin’, ‘Five Visions of Captain Cook’, ‘Country Towns’, ‘Out of Time’, ‘North Country’, ‘South Country’, ‘William Street’, ‘Five Bells’, ‘Beach Burial’.

Wagan Watson, Samuel, Smoke Encrypted Whispers (A) (3)

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’.

White, Petra, A Hunger (revised edition) (A) (2)

Poems for study: ‘Ode on Love, ‘Selva Oscura’, ‘By This Hand’, ‘Magnolia Tree, ’Feral Cow’, ‘The Relic, ‘Truth and Beauty, ‘Woman and Dog’, ‘Ricketts Point, Southbank (1–11), ‘Highway: Eucla Beach’, ‘Highway: Bunda Cliffs’, ‘From Munich’, ‘Karri Forest’.

3. Do you tutor during the day as well as evenings?
Yes! ‘English Tutoring by Philip Brown’ offers tutorial and other services from 7am to 9pm, Monday to Friday.
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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