English classes focus on the study of literature and the use of English language. Spoken, visual and written forms of communication are included. Students learn through speaking, listening, reading, viewing, writing and the use of information technology. The mastery of English is essential in all areas at school, college, university and work and includes spelling, grammar and linguistic features in written and spoken language. Students read, view and create texts to explore ideas and test perceptions in creative and imaginative ways. Appreciation and enjoyment of language and literature helps students to become independent learners and develop an ever-widening language repertoire for personal and public use in contemporary society.
All students complete four years of study in English. In Year 7 and Year 8, all students pursue a common course. In Year 9 and Year 10, students select units related to their interests and needs. The enrichment program is offered to students in Year 9 and Year 10.
All English courses are integrated units where a variety of language experiences, texts and source materials are used. The focus is on deep learning, skill development and genuine understanding of the concepts being explored.
Students are encouraged to participate in poetry and writing competitions, debating, state and national competitions, excursions, workshops and seminars. Students are expected to read a range of texts for course requirements and for personal enjoyment. All lessons begin with dedicated personal reading time.
Initially English classes build on the primary years of schooling. This emphasis gradually shifts as students focus more on the critical and cultural dimensions of language and begin to lay the foundation for a more structured study of language and the development of the literacy skills required beyond Year 10.
Particular emphasis is placed on:
- formal study of literature.
- writing appropriately and correctly for a wide variety of purposes and audiences
- writing expressively about thoughts, feelings, opinions and ideas.
- developing skills in teamwork.
- speaking confidently in formal and informal situations and with members of the wider community
- developing a critical understanding of the mass media.
- Developing skills in responding creatively to texts.