Oran Park High School

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Telephone02 4634 7700

Emailoranpark-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

English

Oran Park High School's English Faculty

Ms Constance Gartside - Head Teacher

Mr Dusan Pilja - Year 7 Advisor

Ms Catherine Byrne

Ms Eliza Gates

Mr Paul Zielinski

 

English is a mandatory subject throughout high school.

In this subject, students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.

An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

Stage 4

In Stage 4 English students respond to a variety of texts critically, imaginatively and interpretively and will learn how to compose accurate, clear and coherent texts of their own. They will spend their time in Stage 4 English developing their reading comprehension and their ability to engage with a text. They will also learn to improve the quality of their own written responses and will be guided into the use of PEETEL (Point, Explain, Evidence, Technique, Evaluate and Link) in order to help them to structure effective extended writing samples.

Students will be exposed to a range of texts such as poetry, drama, novel, film, multimedia in both fiction and non-fiction genres. They will learn to identify the techniques used by composers that create meaning and will experiment with their own use of these techniques in the writing that they produce.

English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.