Upper school courses offered by the English Department are organised into a Year 11 syllabus and a Year 12 syllabus. The complexity of the syllabus content increases from Year 11 to Year 12.
The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration, which are delivered as a pair. These examine language in its broadest sense, offering students opportunities to develop their skills through experiences of a wide variety of genres, ranging from film and television to novels, non-fiction texts and poetry.
WACE Breadth & Depth Requirement:
60% in English Standard and prequalification of Literacy standard (Band 8 or higher in Literacy standard NAPLAN).
The English ATAR course focuses on developing students’ analytical, creative, and critical thinking and communication skills in all language modes, encouraging students to critically engage with texts from their contemporary world, the past, and from Australian and other cultures.Through close study and wide reading, viewing and listening, students develop the ability to analyse and evaluate the purpose, stylistic qualities and conventions of texts and to enjoy creating imaginative, interpretive, persuasive and analytical responses in a range of written, oral, multimodal and digital forms.
Students explore how meaning is communicated through the relationships between language, text, purpose, context and audience. This includes how language and texts are shaped by their purpose, the audiences for whom they are intended, and the contexts in which they are created and received. Through responding to and creating texts, students consider how language, structure and conventions operate in a variety of imaginative, interpretive and persuasive texts.
Study in this unit focuses on the similarities and differences between texts and how visual elements combine with spoken and written elements to create meaning. Students develop an understanding of stylistic features and apply skills of analysis and creativity. They are able to respond to texts in a variety of ways, creating their own texts, and reflecting on their own learning.
Students analyse the representation of ideas, attitudes and voices in texts to consider how texts represent the world and human experience. Analysis of how language and structural choices shape perspectives in and for a range of contexts is central to this unit.
By responding to and creating texts in different modes and media, students consider the interplay of imaginative, interpretive, persuasive and analytical elements in a range of texts and present their own analyses. Students critically examine the effect of stylistic choices and the ways in which these choices position audiences for particular purposes, revealing and/ or shaping attitudes, values and perspectives.
Through the creation of their own texts, students are encouraged to reflect on their language choices and consider why they have represented ideas in particular ways.
- English General