English involves learning about texts and about language.¬† This includes speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing.¬† English is also about learning in an enjoyable and relevant way whilst applying what is being learnt to the wider community.
English is organised into three strands:
Texts and Contexts
Some of the texts used in English classes include:
- Short stories
In English students are encouraged to develop their understanding of and skills in the use of vocabulary, grammar, spelling audience and purpose.¬† Students also develop their skills in speaking in formal and informal situations.¬† For example: role plays, interviews, class discussion about texts and community issues.
Students practice and develop their skills of thinking critically, reflecting, comparing, researching community or global issues, drafting and proof reading.
English at Year 8, 9 & 10
Students at these year levels are exposed to a variety of learning experiences including reading, writing, listening and speaking in a supportive environment.¬† They are encouraged to complete projects that allow them to access Information Technology and to interact with community groups.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 minutes English homework at least three (3) times a week.¬† They are encouraged to develop and maintain an independent wider reading program and to draft and proof read assignment work.
English at Year 11 & 12
It is compulsory to complete a full year of English at Stage 1.¬† The study of English at Stage 2 is optional.
Students are encouraged to extend their skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis and interact with the broader community.¬† Students should complete a minimum of one (1) hour of English homework at least three (3) times a week.
Students who study English are being prepared for life beyond school skills.¬† Some of the career opportunities available to students of English are
- Police force
- Defence forces
- University pathways
- The Arts
- Civic Administration