The English language is central to the way in which students understand, critique and appreciate their world. The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking and creativity.
The Learning Area of English is committed to providing an English program which develops effective and creative use of the full range of communication skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening – and fosters enjoyment in the use of these skills.
The Learning Area of English aims to provide programs which encourage students to develop the following skills to the best of their ability:
- To read with understanding, material of increasing difficulty.
- To write effectively for a variety of purposes and audiences.
- To evaluate spoken and written argument, and to present clear and logical views.
- To understand and appreciate the purpose of different forms of literature, and to encourage meaningful and sincere responses to a wide range of literary experiences.
- To provide meaningful and sincere analytical and creative responses, in both oral and written forms.
- To appreciate the characteristics of different forms of media: internet, newspapers, radio, film and television.
- To research independently and to demonstrate appropriate information literacy skills.
Years 7 and 8
Students will be introduced to an ever widening scope of topics and texts in an effort to help them engage with the skills being fostered for the future.
Years 9 and 10
The curriculum begins to develop a sense of autonomy in each student’s own ideas and continues to build on the forms in which these can be expressed.
There is also the opportunity to study an area of particular interest in the elective study
- Year 10 – Literature
English/English as a second Language (EAL)
Develops students’ ability to create and analyse texts, moving from interpretation to reflection and critical analysis. Students will develop confidence in creating written and oral texts, further developing a sense of themselves, their world and their place in it. All assessment tasks will follow the guidance of VCAA study outlines, building on the learning established in years 7-10.
The study of literature is a means of exploring and making sense of human experience. The study enables students to consider the power and complexity of language. Students develop their capacity to read and interpret texts. They are encouraged to be independent, innovative and creative, developing the ability to read deeply and widely and to establish and articulate their views through creative and analytical responses. All assessment tasks will follow the guidance of VCAA study outlines, building on the learning established in years 7-10.
Building on students’ previous learning about the conventions and codes used by speakers and writers of English, this study is informed by the discipline of Linguistics. Students explore how people use spoken and written English to communicate, think and innovate, to construct identities, build and interrogate attitudes and assumptions and to create social cohesion. All assessment tasks will follow the guidance of VCAA study outlines, building on the learning established in years 7-10.