Year 8 English Online Course

How we'll get you exam ready at home

Learn at home

Clear, Structured Weekly Theory Lesson Videos

Pair theory lessons videos with the Matrix Theory Book for a structured and easy to follow learning experience with our subject matter experts.

Books delivered to your home

HSC fool-proof resources

A full set of resources written by academics and experienced teachers covering all aspects of the new NSW syllabus.

Individual help

Q&A Board for personalised responses

Address any gaps in your learning by posting your questions on the Q&A Board at any time. Receive a written or video response within 1 working day!

Weekly progress check-in

Track your child's progress via the Matrix LMS

Check-in on your child’s progress by viewing their weekly quiz marks. Assess your child’s exam readiness with our end of term Topic Test which will be marked and returned to you.


What our online Year 8 English students receive

Clear, Structured Theory Lesson Videos

Q&A Boards

Weekly Writing Tasks through Homework and Quizzes

Comprehensive Theory Book

End of Term Topic Test

Clear, Structured Weekly Theory Lesson Videos

Experienced teachers guide you through every concept and example in your Matrix theory book.

Easy-to-follow theory lessons taught by subject matter experts

Gain in-depth knowledge and understanding with easy to follow theory explanations.

Experienced teachers explain every aspect of the syllabus.

Learn at your own pace, online

Pause, replay or speed up and watch as many times as you need.

Re-watch until you understand with video playback options.

Know everything with worked examples

Every page, every example in detail so you don't miss a thing!

Leave no stone unturned! Every question will be answered and explained in each video lesson.

The Matrix+ Online Learning Method TM

Theory Lesson Videos, Matrix Resources and Online Help at home

Step 1

Watch clear, structured Theory Lesson Videos with your Matrix Theory Book

Learn at your own pace with easy to follow theory explanations.

Every Monday, students watch their weekly Theory Video Lesson

Step 2

Ask Questions on the Q&A Board for Individual Help

Stuck on a question? Post your question and receive responses within 1 working day.

After your Theory lesson, post your questions anytime for individual help.

Step 3

Attempt your weekly writing task

Improve your writing each week.

Attempt your Homework and flag any questions on the Q&A Board.

Step 4

Submit your writing task online.

Receive personalised and detailed feedback on your written task.

Every Sunday, complete your writing task to receive timely feedback.

Year 8 English Online Course Details

 Clear, structured theory lessons led by subject matter experts using the Matrix Theory Book.


Term 1: Journalism and Poetry

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to journalism
  • Feature article on stereotypes
  • Conventions of feature articles
  • Exploring journalism

Lesson 2

  • Negative stereotypes
  • The negative impact of stereotyping
  • Stereotypes in the Australian media
  • Positive stereotypes
  • Stereotypes as a search for identity
  • Australian stereotypes

Lesson 3

  • The writing style of Journalism
  • Objective and subjective writing
  • Conducting an interview

Lesson 4

  • Structuring your feature article
  • Composing a headline
  • Writing an Introduction
  • The Body of your feature article
  • Conclusion: future stereotypes?

Lesson 5

  • Introduction to poetry
  • Considering descriptive techniques
  • Constructing your own poem

Lesson 6

  • Analysing poetic techniques
  • Considering figurative techniques

Lesson 7

  • Considering contrast in poetry
  • Working with contrast

Lesson 8

  • How to write about poetry
  • Introduction to irony
  • Considering irony in poetry

Lesson 9 End of Term Topic Test

  • Marking and feedback provided


Term 2: Texts Through Time

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Texts Through Time
  • Medieval Thor in prose
  • The character of medieval Thor
  • How to write a strong analytical answer

Lesson 2

  • Introduction to modern Thor
  • Modern Thor in film
  • The character of modern Thor
  • Thor in review

Lesson 3

  • Introduction to contemporary Thor
  • Thor in the graphic novel
  • The character of contemporary Thor
  • Considering how Thor has changed through time

Lesson 4

  • Writing a long response
  • Considering the marking criteria
  • Planning an answer
  • Drafting a long response

Lesson 5

  • Introduction to vampires
  • Dracula in prose
  • Considering the context

Lesson 6

  • Adapting Dracula for film
  • Comparing vampires over time
  • Watching for context

Lesson 7

  • The modern vampire
  • Changing attitudes towards vampires
  • Allusions and vampires
  • Composing a strong analytical answer

Lesson 8

  • Writing a long response
  • Planning an answer
  • Thinking about structure
  • Composing a long response

Lesson 9 End of Term Topic Test

  • Marking and feedback provided


Term 3: Representation and Perspective

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to perspective
  • Introduction to representation
  • Considering the influence of context in advertising

Lesson 2

  • Representing military combat
  • The military in gaming
  • Entertainment as recruitment

Lesson 3

  • Representations of the First World War
  • The influence of perspective and context
  • Poetry of the First World War
  • Documenting the First World War

Lesson 4

  • Approaching analytical writing
  • Understanding the question
  • Planning an answer
  • Writing a draft

Lesson 5

  • Reviewing teacher feedback
  • Introduction to consumerism
  • Perspectives on consumerism in poetry
  • Representations of consumerism in art

Lesson 6

  • Gender and Society
  • Traditional representations of gender
  • Comparing traditional gender roles

Lesson 7

  • Modern perspectives on gender
  • Superhero not Superman
  • Changing representations of gender in advertising

Lesson 8

  • Representing the individual in fiction
  • Perspective and the individual
  • Writing as representing the self

Lesson 9 End of Term Topic Test

  • Marking and feedback provided

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Year 8 English Online Coursee

8-Lesson Online Course

Course begins: Receive instant access

Course concludes: 27 June 2021

Resources will be mailed to enrolled students in 3 working days.

*View Matrix+ Terms & Conditions here. 

Year 8 English Online Course Teachers


Ms Katherine Pollock

Presenter: Term 1

Katharine is a current PhD candidate in the Writing and Research Society Centre at WSU. In addition to her teaching and research, Katherine is an avid reader and is a contributing writer to various publications.

Mr Sam Moginie

Presenter: Term 2

Sam completed his Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Sydney. Sam has had over ten years' of teaching experience and has been teaching English at Matrix since 2015.

Mr Samuel Webster

Presenter: Term 3

Samuel completed his Masters in Secondary Teaching at the University of Technology Sydney. He has had over ten years of English teaching experience in Australia and Italy.

90+ Teachers

Experienced and inspirational

50+ Hours

Matrix teacher induction training

Over 70%

of teachers are postgraduates

Above 4.6/5

Student satisfaction survey score

Tried and Tested by Matrix Students


"The online lesson was very straightforward and easy to follow, it felt like an actual face-to-face lesson! I really liked the annotations and diagrams that my teacher made alongside the content. Through this online platform, it was actually easier for me to understand the teacher. The structure in which the lesson was presented helped me engage with the question and directly answer it, while also allowing me to learn at my own pace."

Justin Kim, Knox Grammar School

"I'm confident that any students dedicated to learning via the video will be successful. The videos are clear, structured like a regular classroom lesson and comprehensive. The videos are a good alternative to being in class on campus!"

Amanda Shi, James Ruse Agricultural High School

"It feel like a continuous stream of learning rather than a one-off video made to fill in a gap. I really enjoy how the teachers do not just read what the Theory Book says, they add additional information that may help the student piece together concepts. I felt that I gained a much higher level of understanding of the lesson material. Without the video, it would be difficult for me to understand the content as well."

Eric Papadopoulos, Sylvania High School

"I enjoyed being able to re-play parts of the video that I misunderstood, or needed to hear for a second time. I also liked being able to skip over some sections which I was comfortable with or had already finished. Being able to do this allowed me to learn in a way that matched my abilities, and kept me engaged during the lesson. This really helped in solidifying my understanding of the new content, as well as maintaining my engagement."

Nia Worthington, St Ursula's College Kingsgrove

"The online theory lessons complete the entire lesson from that week from beginning to end. There are no questions skipped which provides a better sense of completion and finality to each lesson. Being able to pause the video and rewind is very useful as sometimes I know that I require extra time to run over certain concepts which may be new to me or are more challenging."

Emily Dinh, James Ruse Agricultural High School

"The videos are easy to follow with the Theory Book and concepts are clearly explained. The teacher spoke clearly and at a good pace. I liked that the video had a quick recap of the previous week's content. I think the videos improved my learning experience as I can re-watch them if I don't understand a concept and I can also learn the content at my own pace. The Matrix resources have always been helpful in getting me ahead of school so Matrix videos will help in the same way."

Muskaan Gupta, Baulkham Hills High School

Year 8 English Online Course Pricing


(inc GST)
per module.

Year 8 English Online Course includes:


Online lessons taught by Experienced Teachers

8 Engaging Theory Lesson Videos over 8 weeks

Detailed Theory Book delivered to your home

Access to Matrix LMS featuring additional resources

Individual help through the Q&A Board

Personalised and detailed feedback on your writing

End of term Topic Test to assess your exam readiness. Marking included.

Access Theory Lesson Videos and Q&A Discussion Board until the end of the academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the teachers in your videos?

Our Matrix classroom Teachers (who are subject matter experts) will be conducting the Online Theory Lesson Videos. They are experienced educators who are knowledgeable and know how to explain things clearly.

How long are the videos online for?

The next Matrix+ courses run from 19 April 2021 until 27 June 2021. After the term, students will still be able to access Theory Lesson Videos, Q&A Discussion Boards and online resources until the end of 31 December 2021.

Can I receive early access?

Any students who enrol before Monday 29 March 2021 at 8am will automatically receive early access to the Theory Lesson Videos from Monday 6 April 2021 to allow them to learn ahead in the holidays.

Do I need to re-enrol every term?

Each term, we’ll check in with you about your Matrix+ enrolment for the following term – you can add, change or remove topics or courses. We’ll then print your new resources and deliver them before the new term begins so you can continue your learning.

When will I receive my resources?

Students who enrol before Monday 29 March 2021, will have their resources posted that day, which has a delivery approximation of 1 -4 working days.

What Additional help can my child get with Matrix+?

Students will have exclusive access to a Q&A discussion board where they can ask questions related to the subject and have them answered by a Subject Matter Expert within 1 working day.

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