In English, we aim to positively engage students, while offering every opportunity to improve in both the traditional elements of English, such as the conventions of standard Australian English, as well as in the progressive area of critical literacy – the ability to see how different texts can shape our identity, our values and our beliefs.
Students can immerse themselves in literature and develop a passion for language and learning through reading, writing, viewing, listening and speaking. There are opportunities for composing texts (as writers, speakers and performers) and for comprehending texts (as readers, listeners and viewers). The texts through which students learn about language in English range from brief conversations to complex forms of writing. These texts can be from traditional ‘classic’ literature to contemporary texts reflecting the multicultural dimensions of Australian society.
They learn to use skills and strategies for reading and comprehending texts and develop speaking and listening skills through discussion. How texts are constructed and written in various ways, and how to write in a range of formats and styles forms the basis of our writing frameworks. Students are taught prediction skills and before/after reading strategies to assist their comprehension. Grammar and spelling conventions are taught explicitly within the context of the English curriculum.
In preparation for Year 11 and 12 courses, importance is placed on examination techniques and extended writing. At the conclusion of Year 10, students will have gained skills in speaking confidently and in group discussion, with the ability to develop informed opinions about issues in society and confidently express their own understandings. Senior school students also receive extra support through initiatives like ATAR tuition classes after school. For more information on Senior School English courses, pleases refer to the Student Curriculum Handbook.