VATE publications

VATE publishes a number of print and digital resources to support the teaching of secondary English studies throughout the school year.

Into the Woods: Finding your way through literary theory is your essential guide to using literary theory in your classroom. This VATE publication is intended to empower teachers and students to approach texts in different ways in the classroom. Theories include: reader-response, ecological, feminist, queer, Marxist, and postcolonial. Featuring classroom activities, glossaries, and further reading. Download contents. Written by Sian Evans (Christ’s College NZ) and edited by Briony Schroor (Nossal High School). Into the Woods: Finding your way through literary theory (134 pages) is available to purchase as either a downloadable eBook $49.95 or as a print textbook $59.95 in the VATE online bookshop.

Idiom: There are three online editions of the journal Idiom each year. All VATE members have access to every online edition of Idiom and an archive of every back issue of Idiom is available in the library at the VATE Office. Contributions and editorial correspondence should be sent to the Managing Editor of Idiom, Josephine Smith:

VATE publications: To support the teaching of VCE English/EAL, VATE produces Inside Stories for all new List 1 texts, and Inside Texts for the List 2 comparative pairs of texts. To support the teaching of VCE Literature, VATE produces Literature Perspectives guides on all the new texts each year. VATE's publication Inside Language supports the teaching of VCE Units 1-4 English Language. VATE publications are available to purchase as print or PDF - please check order forms for available options.

VATE exams: VATE publishes sample examination papers for VCE English, English as an Additional Language, Literature and English Language each year. These are available for purchase by schools to assist Year 12 students in preparing for the end-of-year examinations.

In 2021, VATE will publish VCE Units 3-4 sample exams for English, EAL, English Language and Literature. Please order using the 2021 VATE sample exam order form.


Please note that the 2021 Literature exam has sold out and it is no longer possible to order this exam. All other exams (English, EAL and English Language) are still available to order as PDFs.