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English

Understanding, using, and creating oral, written, and visual texts of increasing complexity is at the heart of English teaching and learning.

By engaging with text-based activities, students become increasingly skilled and sophisticated speakers and listeners, writers and readers, presenters and viewers.

PRIMARY YEARS

English is structured around two interconnected strands, each encompassing the oral, written, and visual forms of the language. The strands differentiate between the modes in which students are primarily:

  • making meaning of ideas or information they receive (listening, reading, and viewing)
  • creating meaning for themselves or others (speaking, writing, and presenting).

The achievement objectives within each strand suggest progressions through which most students move as they become more effective oral, written, and visual communicators. Using a set of underpinning processes and strategies, students develop knowledge, skills, and understandings related to:

  • text purposes and audiences
  • ideas within language contexts
  • language features that enhance texts
  • the structure and organisation of texts.

Students need to practise making meaning and creating meaning at each level of the curriculum. This need is reflected in the way that the achievement objectives are structured. As they progress, students use their skills to engage with tasks and texts that are increasingly sophisticated and challenging, and they do this in increasing depth.

MIDDLE YEARS

English Year 7 & 8

English skills in Y7 & Y8 are developed using a variety of teaching strategies. Skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing, viewing and presenting are all taught as part of an integrated curriculum. Students are encouraged to select library books for personal reading both at home and school. Developing knowledge of writing forms and text structures for given purpose is a focus in writing at this level. An individualised, levelled spelling programme following a set structure is operated in all Y7 and 8 classes throughout the year.

English Year 9

English and Social Studies are taught in a blended curriculum at Year 9 - ESA or English with Social Applications. Students develop the core skills of speaking/listening, reading/writing, viewing/presenting at Level 4-5 of the English curriculum within the context of Social Studies whenever possible. Students will develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to participate in and better understand the local, national and global communities in which they live and work. Students are encouraged to engage critically with societal issues and develop an understanding of the function, structure and organisation of societies along with an appreciation of the differing values, viewpoints and perspectives using a wide range of contexts from the past, present and future from both New Zealand and beyond. This blended course uses the context of literature and the real world to provide opportunities for students to develop these understandings and skills of critical thinking, understanding and appreciation of the world around them. The development of their personal interest reading will contribute to students building their unique sense of identity and their awareness and understanding of the relationships between people and the universal connections between us all. Students are expected to continue their personal reading as part of their home learning.

English Year 10

English is taught as a separate subject but with links made where possible to Social Studies. Students continue to develop the skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing, viewing and presenting at Level 5 of the curriculum building to Level 6. Students continue to develop their skills of critical thinking and examine texts to understand the power of language. They will use these understandings to respond in depth to visual and written texts. There are opportunities to develop both creative and formal writing skills. The development of students’ appreciation of literature through personal reading contributes to students developing a sense of identity and their awareness and understanding of the world. Students are therefore expected to continue with personal reading at home as part of their regular homework.

SENIOR YEARS

Our goal in 2016 is to teach the skills of the English curriculum within contexts of interest to particular students.

All English courses will provide opportunities for students to achieve credits in English achievement standards. Some courses may also include opportunities to complete assessments from related curriculum areas as relevant. Some courses are multi-level with students completing assessments at the level relevant to their learning.

English Year 11 NCEA Level 1

Students should choose one course from the following options:

English and the World of Sport.

The world of sport provides a rich context for learning about how language works. This course will use the sporting world as a context for developing student skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and presenting. Students will look closely at the language of sport reporting and commentary, and will produce their own oral and written reports. Students will show their information literacy skills through an investigation of a sporting or health issue. We will also look at how the ideas around sport are communicated visually in both static and moving forms, and students will have an opportunity to produce a visual text. This course would suit students taking PE, Outdoor Ed, Health or any student with a general interest in sport.

English and Society

Understanding our place in the world is an important part of growing up. Literature is a powerful tool in developing this understanding. In this course we will look at different voices within society and consider how societal issues impact us and inform our thinking. This will allow us to develop our own unique voice and convey our thinking effectively. Through understanding the ideas in a variety of texts, students will be able to understand connections between text, society and themselves. A focus on reading, writing and viewing film will support students developing sense of the world they live in. This course would suit students taking Social Studies, History, and Geography or any student with a general interest in their own society and other societies around the world.

English and Fantasy

Discover how authors have dealt with issues such as identity and people’s relationships with nature and society through popular genres such as dystopian fiction, anime and graphic novels/manga. Use aspects of these genres that interest you to express your own ideas and build your skills in creating oral, written and visual texts. This course would suit students with an interest in their own society and other societies, past, present and future; or any student with an interest in visual art, reading and film.

English and Creativity

Creativity is an important disposition. This course will focus on building the skills of students who enjoy creating texts. Students will explore the crafting of oral, written and visual texts and then have the opportunity to produce their own, choosing forms that interest them such as song lyrics, drama and film scripts, poetry and short stories. Students will look at connecting ideas across texts, and be encouraged to present a creative oral or visual text to show their thinking. Students will also study film and may have the opportunity to produce a short film or music video. This course would suit students taking drama, media studies, music or any student with an interest in developing their creative use of language.

English Communications

This is a foundation course for students who need support to develop their literacy skills to cope with the challenges of NCEA. The focus will be on building skills and confidence in reading, listening and viewing, and communicating ideas in oral, written and visual forms. Assessments will be offered according to the learning needs of the students.

All standards offered in these courses count towards Level 1 literacy.

English Year 12 NCEA Level 2

Students should choose one course from the following options.

English and Creativity

Creativity is an important disposition. This course will focus on building the skills of students who enjoy creating texts. Students will explore the crafting of oral, written and visual texts and then have the opportunity to produce their own, choosing forms that interest them such as song lyrics, drama and film scripts, poetry and short stories. Students will look at connecting ideas across texts, and be encouraged to present a creative oral or visual text to show their thinking. Students will also study film and may have the opportunity to produce a short film or music video. This course would suit students taking Drama, Media Studies, Music or any student with an interest in developing their creative use of language.

English and Identity

Our world today revolves around constant media interaction. Television, film, magazines, the internet and various modes of social media all have the ability to make us question ourselves and our identity. This course is focused on understanding the impact this increase in media has had on our sense of self and our place in the world. Students will look at the language associated with media and the ability media has to influence individual perception. Students will have the opportunity to research an issue associated with media impact on identity and develop their own voice through visual text and writing. This course will suit students who are interested in Social Studies, Media and the Arts. It will also suit students who are interested in the role the media plays in modern society.

English Literature

Much of literature throughout history has taught us valuable lessons about people and their place in the world. It is through understanding these enduring ideas that we develop our own sense of self and our voice. Students will look closely at various pieces of written and visual literature throughout time that are still relevant in the ideas they convey, today. This will enable students to make connections between these texts and to consider how these texts inform their own developing opinions. They will also learn to develop their own voice and convey this through both written and oral texts. This course will suit students who love to read. It will also suit students who are interested in History.

English and the Trades

Communication skills are vital for those working in the trades. This course will use the context of the construction, mechanical and manufacturing trades to develop essential skills such as document reading, locating and evaluating information and communicating information and ideas through writing and oral and visual presentations. This course would suit students who are aiming for careers in the trades.

English and Gaming

Computer games provide a rich context for learning about language and stories. This course will use the world of gaming as a context for developing student skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and presenting. Students will look closely at the language and narrative structures of selected games and use this as a context for their own writing. Students will show their information literacy skills through an investigation of an issue from the world of gaming. We will also look at the visual communication of ideas in narrative games and provide opportunities for students to produce their own texts. This course would suit students taking any of the computing or graphics and design based subjects or any student with a general interest in computer games.

English for Scientists

It's becoming increasingly important to understand the distinctive language of science. This course will use the context of the biological and physical world to develop skills in document reading, locating, synthesizing and evaluating information, and communicating ideas through written, visual, and oral texts. Students will look closely at conservation and the interaction between the human and natural world in New Zealand. This will be used as a context for their own writing. Students will show their information literacy skills through an investigation of a topical issue from the scientific community. We will also look at the visual communication of ideas in documentary film and provide students with an opportunity to create their own documentary. This course would suit students with an interest in geographical, biological, and social sciences looking to develop their understanding of sustainability and conservation in New Zealand.

All courses will provide opportunities for Level 2 Achievement standards. Some courses will be multi-level and students will complete assessments according to their learning needs.

English Year 13 NCEA Level 3

English and the Trades

Communication skills are vital for those working in the trades. This course will use the context of the construction, mechanical and manufacturing trades to develop essential skills such as document reading, locating and evaluating information and communicating information and ideas through writing and oral and visual presentations. This course would suit students who are aiming for careers in the trades.

English and Gaming

Computer games provide a rich context for learning about language and stories. This course will use the world of gaming as a context for developing student skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing and presenting. Students will look closely at the language and narrative structures of selected games and use this as a context for their own writing. Students will show their information literacy skills through an investigation of an issue from the world of gaming. We will also look at the visual communication of ideas in narrative games and provide opportunities for students to produce their own texts. This course would suit students taking any of the computing or graphics and design based subjects or any student with a general interest in computer games.

English for Scientists

It's becoming increasingly important to understand the distinctive language of science. This course will use the context of the biological and physical world to develop skills in document reading, locating, synthesizing and evaluating information, and communicating ideas through written, visual, and oral texts. Students will look closely at conservation and the interaction between the human and natural world in New Zealand. This will be used as a context for their own writing. Students will show their information literacy skills through an investigation of a topical issue from the scientific community. We will also look at the visual communication of ideas in documentary film and provide students opportunity to create their own response to the hypotheses and content. This course would suit students with an interest in geographical, biological, and social sciences looking to develop their understanding of sustainability and conservation in New Zealand.

English Insights

Literacy texts show us the power of language and offer us insights into the world we live in. This literature based course offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in critical reflection about how written, oral, and visual texts work to offer us insights. The course is designed to set students up with the written language and presentation skills that will support their tertiary learning, as well as supporting their growth as citizens of this country and the world. This is a full Level 3 course designed for students intending to go on to tertiary study. Students need to have achieved well in Level 2 English and/or Media Studies, and/or Drama This course will also cover the requirements for Scholarship English.

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