English and Literature

The study of English promotes communication, 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.

In Years 7-10 the English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Wide reading is encouraged to support students’ learning. Additional electives in Literature may also be offered in Years 9 and 10.

In the senior years, students can choose to study English, Literature, or both.

English in the senior years focuses on both literary texts and non-literary texts, including novels, films, journalism, poetry and plays. Students are offered opportunities to interpret and create texts for personal, cultural, social and aesthetic purposes.

Literature focuses on the study of literary texts, such as novels, poetry and plays, and explores how literary texts shape perceptions of the world and enables us to enter the worlds of others. Students create imaginative and analytical texts.

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