ENGLISH

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
A breakdown of subjects/basic form of courses
English is a compulsory subject at years 7 to 10* ̃̃emphasising the following strands:

Language
Literature
Literacy
Language variation and change
Literature and context
Texts in context
Language for interaction
Responding to literature
Interacting with others
Text structure and organisation
Examining literature
Interpreting, analysing and evaluating
Expressing and developing ideas
Creating literature
Creating texts
Sound and letter knowledge

 

* Advanced English is offered as a Year 9 Elective for students who wish to extend and challenge their English skills while exploring Australian and English Literature
̃Year 10 mainstream English is designed to prepare students for VCE English and Literature. VCAL Literacy units are available for those students selecting an alternative pathway to VCE.

VCE offerings and brief explanations of content/course.
English/English as an Additional Language
The English language is central to the way in which students understand, critique and appreciate their world, and to the ways in which they participate socially, economically and culturally in Australian society.
The study of English encourages the development of literate individuals capable of critical and imaginative thinking, aesthetic appreciation and creativity. The mastery of the key knowledge and skills described in this study design underpins effective functioning in the contexts of study and work as well as productive participation in a democratic society in the twenty-first century.

Literature
The study of literature focuses on the enjoyment and appreciation of reading that arises from discussion, debate and the challenge of exploring the meanings of literary texts. Students reflect on their interpretations and those of others.

The study is based on the premise that meaning is derived from the relationship between the text, the context in which it was produced and the experience of life and literature the reader brings to the texts. Accordingly, the study encompasses texts that vary in form and range from past to contemporary social and cultural contexts. Students learn to understand that texts are constructions, to consider the complexity of language and to recognise the influence of contexts and form. The study of literature encourages independent and critical thinking in students’ analytical and creative responses to texts, which will assist students in the workforce and in future academic study.


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