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    English Ext 1: worth it?

    Hey guys, new here so hopefully I'm posting this in the right section.

    I'm in year 10, and I have to make my decision as to what to take for yr11.

    So far I've got:

    Physics
    Chemistry
    3unit Maths
    Modern History
    Advanced English

    And I'm trying to choose between Ancient History and English Ext 1.

    I'm leaning towards English ext 1 because it'll leave me with 12units instead of 13 if I do Ancient (and I can just drop it when I get to yr12 and pick up maths ext 2), but I'm not really the biggest fan of English...so, what would the pros/cons of 3unit English be? Is it worth taking even if I don't like English that much? Or should I just do Ancient history?

    I'm also not even really sure if I want to be doing Modern history over Ancient.. does either one of them scale better? Because I don't really mind taking either.

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Why can't you take both?

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by powlmao View Post
    Why can't you take both?
    Well I'd rather not take anything else at all, but I would only have 11 units so I just need to take something to fill up that extra unit.

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    Do EE1 then in year 11 pick up EE2 ME2 and HE. Then you'll have 15 units. Yay!

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Haemolymph View Post
    Do EE1 then in year 11 pick up EE2 ME2 and HE. Then you'll have 15 units. Yay!
    ...

    Well I'm picking up Maths ext 2 and i'd probably drop the EE1/ancient

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by powlmao View Post
    Why can't you take both?
    The workload is intimidating. For Prelim I did; MX1, EX1, Physics, Chem and Ancient (12 units) and at the instigation of the year I dropped EX1 and Ancient.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Omnipotence View Post
    The workload is intimidating. For Prelim I did; MX1, EX1, Physics, Chem and Ancient (12 units) and at the instigation of the year I dropped EX1 and Ancient.
    What made you decide to choose Ancient over Modern?

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Modern and Physics were on the same line, since I prefer Physics - Ancient had to be the choice. Yeah, its pretty arbitrary.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Extension English is not a lot of work, and if you have a good teacher, it's actually quite interesting, so if your school makes you do a minimum of 12 units, and you don't want to do a whole extra subject, then it's probably a good option.

    But on the other hand, for year11 i actually recommend doing 13 units, so if you completely hate a subject or have a terrible teacher who you can't stand, you can drop it for year 12, and still have a safety barrier of 2units.

    Modern scales better than ancient. But i do ancient and i find it enjoyable and interesting.
    It depends what you like,
    Modern is mainly politics + war, and ancient is societies, ancient personalities etc.

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Prelim - minimum 12U
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    OP says she doesn't like English. Therefore, do not take English Extension 1. Simple.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    At my school, Eng Ext 1 is a much more elite subject due to the fact that people tend to drop it and do only Adv later on as they originally thought they could handle it.
    At my school this year (my school rank is like 120ish?), around 20 of the 40 year 11 students doing Eng Ext 1 decided to drop it. This caused the head teacher to only allow only limited spots for Eng Ext 1 as he wanted an elite English Extension 1 class so only 1 Year 11 class for Ext 1 Eng will be formed (20 students max) next year. I was considering Eng Ext 1 but I doubt I can be within the top 20 for English at my school... Yeah, this is all due to the Year 11 students thinking that they could handle it but in the end, fail to do so...

    As opposed to Maths where there may be 3 - 4 classes of Ext 1...

    Also, what do you want to become or what course do you want to study in university?
    If you want to do commerce or medicine, you don't even need it?
    However, if you want to become a writer, newspaper editor or journalist then you probably will need it...
    You basically need the passion for English I guess...

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by tambam View Post
    Extension English is not a lot of work, and if you have a good teacher, it's actually quite interesting, so if your school makes you do a minimum of 12 units, and you don't want to do a whole extra subject, then it's probably a good option.
    Well that's reassuring lol.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowdude View Post
    OP says she doesn't like English. Therefore, do not take English Extension 1. Simple.
    OP is also not particularly interested in doing two histories

    Quote Originally Posted by RivalryofTroll View Post
    At my school, Eng Ext 1 is a much more elite subject due to the fact that people tend to drop it and do only Adv later on as they originally thought they could handle it.
    At my school this year (my school rank is like 120ish?), around 20 of the 40 year 11 students doing Eng Ext 1 decided to drop it. This caused the head teacher to only allow only limited spots for Eng Ext 1 as he wanted an elite English Extension 1 class so only 1 Year 11 class for Ext 1 Eng will be formed (20 students max) next year. I was considering Eng Ext 1 but I doubt I can be within the top 20 for English at my school... Yeah, this is all due to the Year 11 students thinking that they could handle it but in the end, fail to do so...

    As opposed to Maths where there may be 3 - 4 classes of Ext 1...

    Also, what do you want to become or what course do you want to study in university?
    If you want to do commerce or medicine, you don't even need it?
    However, if you want to become a writer, newspaper editor or journalist then you probably will need it...
    You basically need the passion for English I guess...
    Well I want to be an engineer, so I don't really need English, but then neither do I need History.


    Ah well, thanks for your help guys! I think I'll just take ext 1 english, and hopefully it'll help me in advanced english. And then I can just drop it for yr12.

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    English Extension 1 will not help you in Advanced, it's not an hierarchical subject.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowdude View Post
    English Extension 1 will not help you in Advanced, it's not an hierarchical subject.
    But since I'm taking another unit of English, wouldn't I be getting more practice at English, and therefore do better?

    .. At least that's what I thought.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    English Extension 1 has a different focus to what you do with the texts. EX1 wants you to understand the texts while Advanced just wants you to analyse them. There is no deconstruction textual analysis or whatever in EX1.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    If you're picking up MX2 in year 12 i'd say just do EX1 and drop it. That's what I did, it'll waste less of your time rather than doing another 2 units of history.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Ext English is fun, do it!
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    If you don't like English, don't do it. But if you're pretty impartial about it and just want a filler till yr 12 then take it.
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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by jnney View Post
    Ext English is fun, do it!
    Quote Originally Posted by fiesycal View Post
    If you're picking up MX2 in year 12 i'd say just do EX1 and drop it. That's what I did, it'll waste less of your time rather than doing another 2 units of history.
    Quote Originally Posted by LoveHateSchool View Post
    If you don't like English, don't do it. But if you're pretty impartial about it and just want a filler till yr 12 then take it.
    Thanks for that, guys! Helps me feel better about my decision lol.


    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowdude View Post
    English Extension 1 has a different focus to what you do with the texts. EX1 wants you to understand the texts while Advanced just wants you to analyse them. There is no deconstruction textual analysis or whatever in EX1.
    Okay.. well thanks Shadowdude.

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Hi -- I Do the exact same subjects as you!!
    im in year 11 doing
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Modern History
    3 English
    3 Maths

    I am in the 3 Unit math class taking on 4 unit next term, and i was in the exact same position as you last year, thinking if I'm doing 4 unit maths, why should i do 3 unit english. Well i ended up doing 3 Unit english, and now i am contemplating doing 4 unit english and dropping 4 unit maths!! so all i can say is definitely pick it up! worst thing that can happen is that you will hate it and drop it mid year 11! and it will improve your advanced english!! hope that helped

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    Re: English Ext 1: worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dukey0015 View Post
    Hi -- I Do the exact same subjects as you!!
    im in year 11 doing
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Modern History
    3 English
    3 Maths

    I am in the 3 Unit math class taking on 4 unit next term, and i was in the exact same position as you last year, thinking if I'm doing 4 unit maths, why should i do 3 unit english. Well i ended up doing 3 Unit english, and now i am contemplating doing 4 unit english and dropping 4 unit maths!! so all i can say is definitely pick it up! worst thing that can happen is that you will hate it and drop it mid year 11! and it will improve your advanced english!! hope that helped
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