Diving Deep into External Assessment

Student and teacher events: Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay

Latest update

Detailed information statement and instructions were sent to schools on Wednesday 2nd September. A copy is available here for your information

Pre-recorded materials open to registered participants from 3pm,  with live discussion in half hour blocks from 4pm - 5:30pm. Live discussions will primarily relate to Writing the Analytical Essay, but students will be free to ask questions about their selected texts. Discussions will not be recorded.
Students can view the sessions in real time with their teachers on Wednesday afternoon. Or classes can access the materials to run their own workshops later. Students can also register independently.

Schools will only get to the 4:00pm session if they watch their workshops consecutively with little or no time for discussion or reflection or activities suggested by the presenters.

This might be perfectly fine for lots of them because they might be instructing kids to go back later and watch them again. But others may want a more fulsome real-time experience with their students. Our suggestion is that attending the 5pm conversation should allow fairly complete engagement with the suggested activities, with a little leftover for some discussion or a break or whatever.

The link to the live chat is intended for teacher use, not individual student use. Even though sound and video will be disabled for the meeting, we expect that a class teacher is the supervisor for a class event and they will enter student questions into the chat space on their students' behalf. Teachers should not provide a Zoom link for student use either at school or at home. The link to the prerecorded text sessions on Vimeo can and should be shared with students.

Student Webinar A

Writing the Analytical Essay will explore: interpreting the question, the structure and language features of the literary interpretation, building an argument, and using evidence to strengthen your response. Our aim is that students and their teachers will use what they learn to help plan their preparation for those crucial last weeks before the exam. Our carefully crafted script for this session brings together the combined thinking of experienced ETAQ representatives.

Student Webinar B

Deep Dives into the Literature: 30 minute prescribed text webinars presented by expert academics whose brief is to: be fascinating and passionate about the text; pose interesting questions; offer deeper and less predictable insights on central themes; suggest a theme that might not have been covered in the classroom; and provide some strong examples of aesthetic features and stylistic devices that link to a range of ideas. 

The program is now available here and registrations are open.

Teacher event

Webinar sessions on preparing students for the EA followed by a live discussion from 11am - 12. Please go to Diving Deep into the Analytical Essay for teachers  to register for the teacher event on Saturday 12 September. 

Launch Date

Wednesday 9th September from 3pm for the student event and pre-recorded material will be available online from that date until 26 October.

Programis now available here;  registrations by 2nd September would be appreciated

Why are we using Zoom for the live discussion sessions?

Cost is based on a per class basis

  Members Non-members

Individual yr 12




member & 1 class

member & 2 classes

member & 3 classes

member & 4 classes

non-member & 1 class  $60

non-member & 2 classes  $120

non-member & 3 classes  $180

non-member & 4 classes $240

teacher event $35 $52 na

We expect all/most registrations will be for class/school groups. Member's price for a class includes teacher and up to 25 students. Each teacher will be responsible for distributing password information to their class.

Note you will need the following information to complete a registration for the student event, noting 3 below in particular:

  1. Name and email address of each teacher
  2. Name of school
  3. Number of classes that will be registered for each teacher (English, EALD and Literature can all be added together to get number of classes for a teacher
  4. Selected novel or play for each class

When you have successfully completed a registration, you will see an on-screen message confirming the registration and a confirmation email will be sent to the email address of the person completing the registration. If you opt to pay off-line, you will get an invoice instead of the confirmation email. If any of this does not happen, please contact trish.purcell@bigpond.com to confirm  your registration has been received.


Starting:3:00 PM
Monday 26th October 2020
Ending:5:00 PM
Thursday 29th October 2020
Phone Enquiries:0455464000
Email Enquiries: adminofficer@etaq.org.au

Upcoming Events

Teacher event - external assessment

Latest news Due to the lockdown in south east Queensland, this event will now be fully online.  Links for the sessions will be emailed to all registrants on FRIDAY  afternoon; you will be able to access the materials from 9am on Saturday morning. If you registered for in-person attendance, your registration will be automatic...

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 7th August 2021
Venue: St Laurence's College
Phone Enquiries: 0455464000
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au

Darling Downs Branch presents

The Darling Downs Branch will present Everything about the external exam on Wednesday 11 August from 3:30 to 5:30pm.  Join us for an afternoon to reconnect with English colleagues, engage in discussion and explore ideas on how to prepare students for the external exam.
The afternoon will commence with Kathleen Hannant, Head of Engl...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 3:30 PM
Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021
Venue: Toowoomba SHS
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au
venue information: Venue is Toowoomba State High School Performing Arts Centre
   Enter via Stuart Street Parking halfway up driveway on left
   PAC is also on the left next to the car park.

Grammar PD term 3

To assist attendees to develop their understandings of grammar in order to fully comprehend and to effectively teach the Australia Curriculum: English (AC:E), a further session will be held on Saturday 28 August at a venue (to be announced) in the metropolitan area.  Download the flyer for further details. If your school is inter...

Category: Workshop
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 28th August 2021
Venue: TBA
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au

Student event - external assessment

Flexible modes  of delivery will allow you and your students to engage with the materials at a time that suits you.  Once again this event will be fully online to cater for all members and their students. This year the materials will come to you live in the afternoon of  Wednesday 8 September. The recorded materials will th...

Category: Student (and teacher) Event
Start Time: 3:00 PM
Date: Wednesday 8th September 2021
 Repeating On specific dates
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au

Pre-service teachers present

Townsville branch will present EMBEDDING INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVES IN AUSTRALIAN SHORT STORY UNIT. by a group of pre-service teachers on Saturday 16 October 2021 from 9 am till 11 am.

See the flyer for more details. Registrations will open on 1st September.

Category: Seminar
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday 16th October 2021
Venue: Online
Email Enquiries:  adminofficer@etaq.org.au

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