In the English course, students learn about the English language: how it works and how to use it effectively. Language plays a central role in human life: It provides a vehicle for communication, a tool for thinking, a means of creativity and a source of pleasure.
Through language, humans shape understanding of themselves and their world. An understanding of a language and the ability to use it effectively empowers students. It gives them access to knowledge, enables them to play an active part in society and contributes to their personal growth. Students will begin their upper school course in English at a unit level appropriate to their performance.
The English ATAR course focuses on developing students’ analytical, creative, and critical thinking and communication skills in all language modes. It encourages students to critically engage with texts from their contemporary world, with texts from the past and with texts from Australian and other cultures. Through close study and wide reading, viewing and listening, students develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the purpose, stylistic qualities and conventions of texts and enjoy creating their own imaginative, interpretive, persuasive and analytical responses.
Pre-requisites: Strong C Grade or better in Year 10 English. Band 8 or above in Year 9 NAPLAN or achieved Cat 3 Reading and Writing in OLNA
The English General course focuses on consolidating and refining the skills and knowledge needed by students to become competent, confident and engaged users of English in everyday, community, social, further education, training and workplace contexts. The English General course is designed to provide students with the skills that will empower them to succeed in a wide range of post-secondary pathways.
The course develops students’ language and literary skills to enable them to communicate successfully both orally and in writing and to enjoy and value using language for both imaginative and practical purposes.
Pre-requisites: Complete a Year 10 English course.