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Authenticity and Integrity




Communication and Collaboration




Leadership and Empowerment




Carlyn Kang

Founder of Edcellent Education

As parents, teachers and students, how often do we ask ourselves these questions:

Why am I doing what I am doing?
How often do we find joy in what we do?
What am I really learning?

Education in the 21st century has, sadly, shifted the attention of many of our students, parents and teachers to a regimented result-driven learning and teaching process. At school, students are given every opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, yet many struggle to form an authentic understanding of the content taught. The problem lies in the way we perceive knowledge and skills as educators. We fail to recognise the value of knowledge as a process rather than an answer. As a result, we become accustomed to a result-focused pedagogy that yields little or no lifelong success, joy or fulfilment.

From a passionate educator’s perspective, I believe that success comes from a patience-driven process that focuses on the authentic and purposeful engagement with the content. It is through communicating and nurturing one’s mental agility; one develops passion for, and an insight into the subject learnt. The value of learning becomes pivotal to personal growth beyond the academic sphere. My dedication to developing a process-driven pedagogy has led me to found Edcellent Education as an educational hub. Edcellent is inspired to empower individuals to pursue self-awareness and lifelong learning, through cultivating creative and critical thinking skills as a primary life-skill.

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Cameron Sievers

Senior English Coordinator at Edcellent Education

From the perspective of a VCE English teacher, with fifteen years in the job and a career in theatre directing, playwriting and film-making, the challenge is to ensure that students are inspired to actively perceive the integration of areas of study, as a means of making sense of the subject and its application to the world, both past and present (film study embodies an obvious crossover to the analysis of visual content in argument analysis). In addition, high achievement and human empowerment often require the opportunity to reach beyond conventional wisdom, as a means of generating unique and personal, but no less credible responses. It is the ability to think, to have empathy, and to walk into a potentially hostile room to present a point of view that are arguably the most important life skills VCE English imparts. As a passionate advocate for and active participant in the construction and presentation of the English language, it is clear to me that the fight for the preservation of language is at a delicate evolutionary stage. Those who can communicate the life skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing will be empowered to inspire future generations.

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Tom Hoy

Senior English Language and Literature at Edcellent Education

Language is obviously amongst the most profound and necessary of the forces that shape our lives and thought. Language, as has so often been said, is power. A critical examination of the ways in which it is constructed and used is essential, both as a defence against the blandishments of bogus ideas and as a source of intellectual pleasure in itself. This pleasure can be a stimulus to intellectual curiosity and achievement, and perhaps even to a more empathetic identification with its manifold users. With thirty years as a teacher and researcher, Dr Hoy is a communicator who has a passion for and a pleasure in language. His aim is to inspire his students to share that passion and pleasure - firstly, so that they can improve their grades but, more importantly, for the enrichment of their lives and thinking.

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Claire Nicholls

VCE Dramatic English Texts Analyst

Claire is passionate in engaging students in the study of Shakespeare through imaginative and physical engagement with the work. It is her firm belief that dramatic texts need to be encountered dramatically: via physical, verbal and aural learning. As a professional, classically trained actor, the unique angle Claire offers as an educator is the ability to unlock and expand the learning and comprehension of Shakespeare (and other dramatic texts) from an internal perspective, encountering the characters, themes and worlds of the plays at an intimate and detailed level. The depth and breadth of knowledge students gain from this mode of study enhances both thinking and writing skills, and leads to insightful, original essay, SAC and exam responses.

'The study of Shakespeare is not only the most viscerally immediate way to encounter the English language, but also vitally important in building empathy, intelligence, compassion, confidence and power of expression in young people.'


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Tejas Kapoor

Head of IB at Edcellent Education

Education and learning are skills, necessary to the enjoyment and pleasures of life. Whether it be learning to recognise the implicit bias present in today’s media or learning how to debate ideologies and contemporary topics in a coherent and explicit manner, the English language pushes us and challenges us in ways we may not recognise. Therefore I wish to empower students to recognise and relish this challenge and use English as a vessel to achieve their potential. 

Consequently when teaching, I put an emphasis on connecting education to the real world in order for those who are learning to see the value of their education and how their knowledge could be utilised to solve problems facing the world and in their everyday lives.I believe this approach both empowers the students and prepares them for their tertiary education in addition to learning relevant skills to think critically and apply their knowledge.

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Patty Wu

Head of VCE at Edcellent Education

Learning is an inherent part of the journey of life, from our parents, first teachers, to all the people we encounter, learning is a never-ending process that challenges us to continually grow and self-improve. Within it, the learning of English is a crucial part to this growth and self-discovery, equipping us with the essential skills to freely express the intricate ideas fostered throughout the years, whether through writing, speech, and visual language. My want for students to realise that English is an integral part of their daily lives that empowers them to develop the confidence in articulating their unique thoughts motivates me to teach with the purpose of making English a fun learning experience that is relatable and relevant to their daily lives. Whether that is broadening a student's general knowledge through exploring context, or in relating themes and ideas to the current 21st century. While academic success is important, being able to recognise that English is an imperative part of their lives in developing the necessary thinking skills and empathy, crucial in their interaction with people is what I always advocate in my classroom. Seeing my students grow in confidence, becoming more self-assured, and increasingly fluent in their expression of thought is an invaluable experience that inspires me to nurture their curiosity, teaching them not only English, but igniting them to embrace English as a lifestyle on their journey of life. 

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Professor Timothy Tan

IB English Language and Literature, VCE English & EAL at Edcellent Education

The mastery of language deepens one’s ability to reason, analyse, communicate and connect with the world around us. Ancient philosophers have recognised the profound impact language has in generating meaning in our lives, yet in today’s modern world we are often too preoccupied with facts and knowledge to appreciate its importance.

It is my genuine pleasure, therefore, to help students discover just how much we can learn about the world by studying the English language. My passion for teaching goes far beyond simply improving your grades. Mastering the English language develops your confidence, logical reasoning and maturity of thought, in addition to your academic success, and it is these aspects of teaching that I enjoy the most. My breadth of experience brings unique perspectives into my classes, and I aim to inspire you and help you enjoy the English language in a manner that is easy to understand. My students are my greatest testimony – I have had students happy to sit on the floor just so they could attend my tutorials!

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Toni Soh

Junior and Middle School English at Edcellent Education

The best thing about teaching in the Junior School at Edcellent is that it allows me to relive the many moments of wonderment I shared whilst analysing and reading books with my now successfully grown sons. Why wonderment? Because language is the only tool we possess to share each other's feelings and thoughts about our very unique and personal experience of being Human. This is why every piece of writing, whether it is from a child in Year 3 or an adolescent in Year 12 is unique. Novels and books are the only way through which we can have a glimpse of the inner world of the writers who created them. It is a wondrous place. Through words, we resonate with the harmony and contradictions, joy and pain shared by a writer. Using the same words, we tell the world what it feels like to be someone like us. It is through language that we do not feel alone. 

Having worked with students and parents from non-native backgrounds for 14 years, I have found that one of the greatest misconceptions about English and Writing is that it is about vocabulary and grammar, which is like saying Cooking is about meat and vegetables. True, these are the essential ingredients for any language user; and no one needs them more than the IELTS and University-level Foundation English learners I have taught for the last 20 years. Yet these are the very minimal requirements for any student who wishes to excel in their native language. Too often, students lack originality and critical thinking skills.

As a Naplan and Scholarship Test Writing Examiner, I have found that the best pieces of writing are the ones that demonstrate an imaginative, curious, wise, impassioned and compassionate mind. To cultivate such minds, Primary and Lower-Secondary levels students need to be introduced to the implicit messages and conventions of story-telling and persuasive prose. They need to experience deeply how words and syntax, imagery and figurative language are carefully weaved together to create a unique experience for the reader.  These skills are later honed and developed for the four Units of VCE English. Many of the VCE EAL students in my High School simply have not been exposed to these skills early enough, so it is impossible for them to do well. 

Luckily, these are skills all children utilise instinctively; all we need to do is to guide and inspire them. For many parents for whom English is not their native language, this is a daunting task. I am therefore honoured and privileged to share your children's experiences on their journey through books, ideas and the sublimely beautiful English Language.

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Oliver Raymond

IB / VCE English at Edcellent Education

As our world changes rapidly around us, feelings of bewilderment and confusion can arise, preventing understanding and promulgating fear. If we are overcome by fear, we risk tumbling into the pitfalls of prejudice, and subsequently we become incapable of learning, unable to develop the skills that are required to succeed today. Perhaps the best antidote to such an eventuality is to plunge oneself into the world of literature. By encountering a diverse range of texts, students are inevitably exposed to a vast range of ideas; they learn how to see through the eyes of others, they find new ways of looking at the world. When carefully mediated by an enthusiastic teacher, this blossoming of perspectives leads to a position of confidence when discussing a text. The ultimate goal is that students will be able to deploy the courage of their convictions when presenting arguments as part of an essay or oral presentation.

I believe that studying texts through the lens of V.C.E and I.B., and engaging with the historical context surrounding these texts is a transformative process. Through this process, students are presented with the opportunity to gain insights into universal human truths. As they navigate texts and develop their own opinions, they gain the skills needed to think critically about contemporary situations and events. Today, and into the futur e, it will be necessary for students to possess not just mental agility and adaptability, but also a spirit of empathy and compassion. To build solutions to the problems that we face today, and to rise to the challenges of the future, our students must be ready to cultivate minds which remain curious, open and independent.

High school is often the place where we begin our relationship with great works of literature, where we encounter those texts which have the power to make us better people. When we read expansively and with an open mind, we gain a greater appreciation of the world around us, and become more deeply engaged with what makes us human. With the aid of authors who have crystallised fragments of our world into novels, short stories and plays, we can learn not only about others but also about ourselves.

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Kate King-Smith

IB / VCE English at Edcellent Education

Education, while an important part of student’s development and learning, has a proclivity to feel as if it has been shoved down students’ throats. Particularly in English, we place a large emphasis on the nitty-gritty details of syntax, essay structure and textual analysis while breezing past all the things that intuitively make literature and multimodal texts matter. Sadly, these things tend to also be the most fun and engaging aspects of English as a subject. My aim, as a teacher, is to encourage my students to fall in love with consuming media and literature in all its forms, just as my own teachers and mentors have taught me in the past. I want my students to learn to appreciate storytelling in all its forms from traditional written texts, to film, to plays, even to video-games. My goal for students is to allow them to grow in their practical understanding of texts within this very real world we exist in, rather than force them to limit themselves to a narrow understanding of art and artistic expression. Through this, they may learn to critically analyse and understand their texts in real-world contexts, producing long- lasting and profound memories that will help shape them into competent young adults.

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Mark Taylor

Junior and Middle School English at Edcellent Education

My teaching philosophy is one that demands passion for what you are doing and being there in the moment with the students that you are tea ching. Students who are taught with passion absorb that very passion and in turn it is reflected in their own learning and achievements. This is what sets apart teaching with a positive presence. Passion is a reciprocal exchange that runs in both ways between the teacher and the student, so the path ahead can be easily shared by those who really want to venture down it to where satisfaction and success awaits. It is through teaching students how to think critically and creatively that we encourage them to become independent learners.

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Leo Palmer

VCE English / EAL at Edcellent Education

Students who want to succeed academically must move away from habits of rote memorisation and towards independent critical thinking, especially when it comes to thinking about English. Students must be encouraged at every stage to show an understanding of a topic in their own words, and to pursue their own curiosity. My training in Classics has centred around the close analysis of time-honoured texts, with the aim of reaching interpretation through translation. The ability to translate canonical works from the original Greek or Latin opens one up to an endless array of interpretive possibilities that require discerning judgement and the cultivation of critical thinking. This same philological approach can and must be applied to all literature in order to reach an adequate depth of understanding. To be truly educated, I believe, is to possess the ability to formulate important questions, and to know how best to seek the answers.

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