Learning Areas > English
Acting Leader of Learning - English: Mr David Martin
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About the Learning Area
English in the Middle School fosters a love of language and expertise in using it in a variety of contexts, for a variety of purposes and audiences. In every respect the subject is concerned with the use of language in writing, reading, speaking, listening and visual literacy. Students learn more about how language works and how to use it well.
Through listening and reading, students build on their knowledge and absorb new information. Through literature, they come to a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Oral language is central to learning and to the development of interpersonal skills while writing is the primary means by which thoughts, ideas and knowledge are presented. As students explore ideas and the various ways of expressing meaning, they achieve not only skill in the use of written language but an increased ability to be imaginative, independent and critical thinkers.
Students are assessed with emphasis on their Writing Folio, their response to texts and their oral presentations. The mechanics of language, such as vocabulary, grammar and spelling are also taught. The units cover:
- Writing Folios comprising a variety of genres, such as descriptive, analytical, argumentative, informative, comparative, narrative and instructional writing;
- Studies of a range of novels, short stories, poems, digital texts, media articles and films.
- Oral tasks including public speaking, debating, prepared and impromptu discussions.
Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and ideas, and to enjoy and appreciate the diversity of literature.
Years 7, 8 and 9 core courses in English are all based on the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Australian Curriculum.
In addition to English classes at Years 7, 8 and 9, elective units allow students to pursue special interests within the field of English, including Writing Wizardry at Year 8 and Literature at Year 9.
The English units build on previous learning and provide the necessary skills and knowledge for all aspects of English at the senior levels, as well as life beyond the classroom. We encourage our students to become more analytical, creative, critical thinkers who can articulate their ideas effectively to any audience with whom they come in contact.