People are empowered by literacy. In our society, literate people can better control their lives by identifying problems, gathering necessary information and making appropriate choices about solutions. Literate people are more likely to be confident in finding their own role in society and meeting the demands of a rapidly changing world.
Years 9 and 10
The study of English involves studying and using English language and literature. Students learn through English language through speaking, listening, reading, writing and viewing. Texts used in years 9 and 10 include spoken, written and visual communication.
By the end of Year 10, most students have developed basic competencies in using and understanding formal Australian English. They have the opportunity to develop and understanding of a range of texts, skills in written and spoken English, essay writing skills, analytical and comprehension skills.
Years 11 and 12
The study of English in the senior years promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of literature. This is central to our cultural heritage and encompasses texts, which may be spoken, written or presented through visual media. Through literature, students broaden their understanding of human experience. The diversity of social and cultural traditions in literature is not only to be examined and analysed but also respected and celebrated.
The College offers two English courses - English tertiary, which emphasises the study of literature and English Accredited which promotes a varied and practical English programme.
Assessment tasks elicit the degree to which students have achieved the assessment criteria and therefore the goals of the unit and the course.
The assessment of student achievement ranges over a variety of written and non-written tasks including creative writing, research assignments, journals, film study and analysis, essays and oral presentations.
Homework is set by the class teacher and includes revision and preparation for assignments and exams.
In addition to this, it is expected that every student in Years 9 - 12 will undertake 15 - 45 minutes of reading as well as keeping up to date with both National and International current affairs, either through newspapers, television, the Internet or magazines on a daily basis.
They are also expected to learn 5 - 10 new words each week including their meaning and general usage.
Head of English
Ms Ann Hamer Tel: 6239 0654