Years 8 – 10
Students learn about the English language and how to use it effectively. The study of English plays a vital role in the development of literacy, enhances students’ learning in all areas of the curriculum and provides them with the communication skills and critical understanding of language necessary for active participation in society
Years 11 and 12
Language plays a central role in human life: it provides a vehicle for communication, a tool for thinking, a means of creativity and a source of pleasure. In the English course, through the use of oral, written and visual communication texts, students examine the relationship between language and power, and learn how to become competent, reflective, adaptable and critical users of language. Students learn about the English language, how it works and how to use it effectively.
The recommended focus for this unit is skill building. Students develop their language in the context of their future needs, aspirations and areas of interest. They further develop reading, oral, viewing and writing skills to meet their specific needs and achieve their goals. Students will work with a variety of everyday and work-based texts that they will be expected to use once they leave school.
The recommended focus for this unit is strengthening skills. Students continue to develop language skills and concepts in the context of post-school destinations and interests. They will continue to work with a variety of everyday and work-based texts and accessible literary texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and self. Students learn to use language to present their experiences, ideas, opinions and responses more effectively, exploring how language can be used differently in different situations. They develop the ability to express responses to texts by exploring how language is used to convey personal information, opinions and experiences. They develop the skills and knowledge needed to expand the range of texts and types of language used for communication and in mass media texts. Students study workplace documents, mass media texts and popular culture texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and society. Students explore and develop language skills to assist their participation in work and society, such as finding, accessing, using and evaluating information. They also develop skills needed for more general social and cultural participation such as comprehending, interpreting and evaluating mass media, popular culture and literature texts, identifying ideas, attitudes and opinions in such texts and discussing their responses and those of other people. Students study more complex workplace documents as well as mass media texts, popular culture texts and less complex literary texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and action. Students develop their language skills by exploring issues of concern or controversy, past or present, and by examining how language is used in relation to these topics: how language can be used to influence attitudes and bring about action or change, and how such uses of language can be challenged and/or resisted. They consider the relationship between language and power; representations of power through language; how particular uses of language can be empowering or disempowering; and, how they can empower themselves through language. Students study literary texts, mass media texts and popular culture texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and the world. Students examine the relationship between language and the world by exploring how language offers particular ideas and information about topics, events or people. They listen, view and read critically, identifying and critiquing particular uses of language and representations within the texts, substantiating their views in written, visual and oral form. They shape language to produce texts that offer particular ideas and information about topics, events or people. Students study literary, mass media and popular culture texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and communities. Students develop an understanding of the way language operates in a community (e.g. workplaces, subcultures, sporting groups, interest groups, professions, political groups, religious groups) to transmit understandings, create identities, establish power and operate effectively. Students will examine a range of texts and text types to explore the ways a community may create its own language structure in order to influence attitudes and values. They will also examine how language structures/protocols can be used to marginalise privilege and/or exclude individuals and subgroups.
The recommended focus for this unit is language as representation. Students develop an understanding of the way language is used to offer particular representations of topics, events, places or people. They will also consider how these responses are mediated by cultural/social structures. They listen, read and view critically in order to examine the way we make meaning of representations in texts and to account for the different meanings available within textual representations. Students will use language to explore how purpose, context and audience may influence the representations offered in texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and identity. Students study how identities are expressed, constructed, represented and critiqued through language. They learn to critically interpret the relationship between particular uses of language and texts on the one hand and conceptions of identity on the other. They develop oral, visual and written language skills by learning to produce texts in a range of genres which explore, produce, challenge and/or subvert conceptions of identity. Students study literary, mass media and popular culture texts.
The recommended focus for this unit is language and ideas. Students explore the way language is used in relation to ideas and how this varies among particular fields, genres, and discourses. They study the way in which ideas are expressed, constructed and critiqued through language. They analyse the assumptions underlying language use and how knowledge is presented in selected fields, genres and discourses, and the attitudes, values and ideologies associated with these assumptions. Students demonstrate their understandings and language skills by learning to analyse language use and produce selected ideas in a range of language forms used in particular fields, genres and/or discourses, and how language is used in relation to ideas and the assumptions that underlie language use. Students study literary, mass media and popular culture texts.