|Year level requirements:||Compulsory|
Students will be placed in flexible performance groups depending on their achievements in year 8 and the recommendation of their teachers. During the year, there may be some movement between these groups to reflect student achievement and need.
The focus of this course is the development of sound literacy skills with a particular emphasis on reading, writing, viewing, speaking, listening and responding. The course is modelled on the Australian Curriculum and aims to provide students with a strong base for future English study. Students will study a variety of text types and will be encouraged to create their own texts by studying and putting into practice the conventions of purpose, context, genre, grammar and audience. In Term 1 in particular, students will focus on the core skills to be assessed in the Naplan tests.
Particular emphasis will be placed on practising and developing analytical skills and writing of discussion essays. A number of opportunities will be given to students to enable them to utilise IT skills to express their understandings of English texts and concepts.
Topics to be studied include:
- The analysis and structure of persuasive and narrative texts
- How authors engage readers
- How texts reflect human experiences
- Response to texts
Assessment will be undertaken in line with the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards, and assessment tasks given will include a variety of both formal and informal writing styles and both receptive (listening, reading and viewing) and productive (speaking, writing and creating) modes.
As part of their studies, students may be given the opportunity to view relevant live performances. There may be costs involved.