English

Dean of Junior English

Janet Power

Dean of Senior English (Acting)

Alison Smith

OVERVIEW

The Australian Curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop their ability to use English effectively in order to be confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. In addition, students learn to analyse and understand texts in a variety of forms, communicate with the aim of building relationships with others and with the world around them. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace; become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society, as well as engaging imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experience. Finally, students will understand Australia is a linguistically and culturally diverse country and learn how to participate effectively with our Asian neighbours to the near north and with the global community as a whole. Building effective literacy skills is at the core of the study of English across all year levels.

The Literature strand aims to engage students in the study of literary texts of personal, cultural, social and aesthetic value. They discover the patterns and purposes of English usage, including spelling, grammar and punctuation at the levels of the word, sentence and extended text.

YEAR 7 English Students engage with a variety of texts, interpreting, analysing, evaluating and performing within a range of spoken, multimodal and written responses.  They start to develop insights into how texts are created to create meaning within an audience in specific contexts.  Year 7 English units include: Moral Making; Me, Myself and I; Fractured Fairytales and Revolting Rhymes; and How am I Positioned?

YEAR 8 English English education in Year 8 consists of thematic units of work. Some of these are:  My Life as a Teenager; Extra! Extra! Read all about it; Fantastic Fantasy; Tales from Beyond – Myths, Legends and Fairytales. Each unit incorporates listening, viewing, reading, writing and speaking activities, in accordance with the requirements of ACACRA’s syllabus on English. Print, sound, stage and screen are the media through which students are encouraged to explore language in all its varieties, for different audiences. At the core of English studied in Year 8 is the growth of student skills in literacy, as well as their enjoyment of literature and the growth of their critical thinking skills.

YEAR 9 English Year 9 English is designed to build on the foundation of the study of language, literature and literacy established in Year 8. Students again study the subject in thematic units including: A world on the move; Comedy Central; Overcoming Obstacles; and An Unreal World. Students will examine the structure of comedy and comedic techniques as well as more serious issues such as survival, the power of self-belief and the challenges of critically examining modern media. Students will be given a number of opportunities to improve upon their formally assessed written and spoken skills. At the core of English studied in Year 9 is the continued growth of student skills in literacy, as well as their enjoyment of literature and the growth of their critical thinking skills.

YEAR 10 English Year 10 English is a transition from junior to senior English – both OP English and English Communication. Students will be given opportunities to evaluate how text structures can be used to analyse, persuade, inform and entertain. Students will continue to develop their appreciation of the power and beauty of language, literature and quality film as well as taking their literacy skills to a more sophisticated level. Units covered in Year 10 include: Going Gothic; Mind Over Matter; Power Plays and Control and Conflict. The literature content varies from classic Gothic tales by writers such as Edgar Alan Poe, to true life survival stories and a more in-depth study of poetry in preparation for senior English.

YEARS 11 & 12 English – OP This subject develops students’ knowledge of how language typically works in a given culture and of how language works in particular texts. At the senior level, English involves the systematic study of language to build increased understanding of the relationships within and between texts, language, and literacies as social practices, with the emphasis on how these relationships help to make meaning, in particular cultural contexts and social situations. Students develop their ability to use language to talk about language and about its use in texts. By studying texts, by learning and using language, students develop their capacities as literate members of Australian and global communities to participate actively in the worlds of work, study and leisure among other human pursuits.

English Communication – Non-OP While the aim of English Communication is, as for OP English, to develop students’ capacity to enjoy and use language appropriately, effectively and critically in a variety of contexts, this course places greater emphasis on the language skills appropriate for employment and/or entry to TAFE and other further education options.