English

Whether through short stories or plays from centuries ago, or new graphic novels and digital texts, English at Calvary exposes students to the richness of the English language, where our expert teachers teach the fundamentals of effective writing, reading, listening and speaking.

English offers a wealth of rich tasks for students to engage with, from persuasive speaking about global issues, to creating children’s literature, to critical responses to Shakespeare, and to contemporary documentary producers and directors.

YEAR 7 - 10

Overview

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 and build relationships with others and the world around them.  The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace and plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.

Year 7

  • The Craft of Writing
  • Language and Literature
  • Worlds of Fantasy
  • Poetry and Performance

Year 8 

  • Children's Literature
  • Information and Media
  • Novel Study
  • Visual Text

Year 9

  • Imaging This
  • The World of Advertising
  • Novel Study
  • Australian Poems

Year 10

  • Documentaries - Global Issues
  • Literature Study I
  • The Classics - Shakespeare or Literacy Short Course
  • Literature Study II

Year 11 - 12

Overview

English offers students opportunities to enjoy language and be empowered as functional, purposeful, creative and critical language users who understand how texts can convey and transform personal and cultural perspectives.

In a world of rapid cultural, social, economic and technological change, complex demands are placed on citizens to be literate within a variety of modes and mediums. Students are offered opportunities to develop this capacity by drawing on a repertoire of resources to interpret and create texts for personal, cultural, social and aesthetic purposes. They learn how language varies according to context, purpose and audience, content, modes and mediums, and how to use it appropriately and effectively for a variety of purposes.  Students have opportunities to engage with diverse texts to help them develop a sense of themselves and their world.

Pathways 

A course of study in English promotes open-mindedness, imagination, critical awareness and intellectual flexibility — skills that prepare students for local and global citizenship, and for lifelong learning across a wide range of contexts.  English is suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond school that lead to tertiary studies, vocational education or work.

UNITS

  • Perspectives and Texts
  • Texts and Culture
  • Textual Connections
  • Close Study of Literary Texts

Overview

Essential English develops and refines students’ understanding of language, literature and literacy to enable them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and social contexts.  The subject encourages students to recognise language and texts as relevant in their lives now and in the future and enables them to understand, accept or challenge the values and attitudes in these texts.

Pathways

Essential English is an Applied subject suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond Year 12 that lead to tertiary studies, vocational education or work.  A course of study in Essential English promotes open-mindedness, imagination, critical awareness and intellectual flexibility — skills that prepare students for local and global citizenship, and for lifelong learning across a wide range of contexts.

Units

  • Language that works
  • Texts and human experiences
  • Language that influences
  • Representations and popular culture texts

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