We need language in order to tell our stories, preserve our history and express our ideas.
Language provides us with a mighty power that transcends far beyond the classroom. Proficiency in English allows us to be confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers and lifelong learners.
Through their exposure to this subject, students learn about the power, value and art of the English language and its absolute necessity for communication, socialising, learning and enjoyment. They also engage with language in its many forms and modes – by way of speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing.
In English we get to take students on journeys around the world, and even to places that don’t exist except in our imaginations. We get to work with a language and literature that essentially tells the story of our entire human race. Undoubtedly, the subject that holds the greatest value in the day-to-day life of our students is English.
Stage 4 – 5 English
Students acquire the knowledge and understanding of language forms and features, plus the required structures of texts. They examine a range of literary and non-fiction texts, encompassing different time periods, cultures and societal elements.
Stage 6 Advanced English
This highly academic English course provides students with the opportunity to explore, examine and analyse a range of texts which include prose fiction, drama, poetry, nonfiction, film, media and multimedia, as well as Australian texts. Students strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by analysing and evaluating texts and the ways they are valued in their contexts.
Stage 6 English Studies
This course provides students with the opportunity to consolidate their language, literacy and literature skills through responding to and composing a wide variety of oral, written and multimodal texts, including literary, digital and media texts. The course supports students to refine their skills and knowledge in English and empowers them to comprehend, interpret and evaluate the ideas, values, language forms, features and structures of texts from various contexts.
Stage 6 Extension English
English Extension course provides students with the opportunity to further strengthen their understanding of how and why aspects and concerns of texts from the past have been carried forward, borrowed from and/or appropriated into more recent cultures. In Extension 1 they extend their understanding of the ways that texts contribute to their awareness of the diversity of ideas, attitudes and perspectives evident in texts. In Extension 2 students undertake independent investigation to develop a sustained composition and document this process in their Major Work Journal and Reflection Statement.
Stage 6 Standard English
This generally academic course provides students with the opportunity to explore and experiment with the ways events, experiences, ideas and processes are represented in and through a range of texts. Students strengthen their knowledge and understanding of language and literature by responding to and composing a wide variety of texts for different audiences and purposes.