Students participate in the Renaissance Reading Program, where progress in reading comprehension is measured, as daily reading forms a key component of the class routine.

They will develop the skills of reading and viewing; writing; speaking and listening through explicit teaching of specific skills developed through a range of tasks connected to real-world themes and issues. Students are encouraged to become critical thinkers who can analyse and justify ideas or opinions, as they engage in studies of short stories, articles, film and novels. Students present their learning and analysis in a variety of ways, including the written form and oral presentations.


What are some areas explored in this subject?
1. You will focus on how texts/film are constructed by authors /filmmakers and how their construction can impact your understanding of them.

2. Language is the way we communicate so there is an emphasis on language choices and how these choices impact a reader/listener.

What are the real-world learning opportunities?
1. The selection of texts will get you to engage with the world around you. The texts focus on justice, the environment and relationships.

2. The skills you learn in English will be lifelong. You will apply the skills you learn in English to many other situations - whether it be how to read for the main idea and key information in other subjects, or how to check the trustworthiness of information texts.
What will be hands on?
During most English lessons, you will be involved in moving into group work and completing some independent tasks. You will be using technology and participating in class discussions.

How often will I have English classes?
There are four 1-hour sessions per week of English. Each fortnight, one of these periods will be used to visit the Library, select reading at your level and learn about how the Library supports your learning.

How does English link with other subjects?
The subject English works closely with your Veritas class to explore the term’s theme and critical question in greater depth. The ‘critical question’ is a ‘big’ question that each subject explores and each student is asked to respond to it in some way each term.