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Junior school

Course overview:  

Junior English has been developed to engage the prescribed requirements of the Australian Curriculum (refer ACARA) with the influence of guidelines from the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).

Junior English students will all have the opportunity to develop capabilities in language, literature and literacy. They will engage with a range of literary and non-literary texts to develop critical understanding.

Assessment items will engage students in spoken, written and mult-modal forms of delivery.

Course outline:

  • Examining representations of Australia’s peoples, histories and cultures in information and literary texts.
  • Creating alternate perspectives on Australia’s peoples, histories and cultures.
  • Interpreting information texts and creating speculative fiction.
  • Exploring issues of cultural diversity and belonging.
  • Exploring ethical issues in a drama text
  • Novel study with a focus on evaluating characters.

Senior school

English Communication

Course overview:

The major focus of English Communication is to prepare students for the workforce. It is an Authority Registered subject for those students who experience difficulty or who do not wish to qualify for an Overall Position (OP) and Field Position (FP) for further Tertiary Study. Students aiming at a Queensland Certificate in Education (QCE) for English must complete 4 semesters.

English Communication has three compulsory areas of study which address the themes of work, community and leisure. Students develop abilities to comprehend and compare texts which:

  • are directly related to the workplace – such as job guides, manuals, government web sites, legislation;
  • provide information on matters of community interest - newspapers, magazines and documentaries;
  • provide enjoyment - film, television, video games, drama and fiction.

Course outline:

Year 11

  • Conflict and community
  • Investigating career options
  • Talking about my generation
  • Who dunnit?

Year 12

  • Know your rights at work
  • Australian identity
  • Playing the game
  • Moving out

Authority English

Course overview:

Students aiming at a Queensland Certificate in Education (QCE) for English must complete 4 semesters of English. This subject is for those students who wish to qualify for an Overall Position (OP) and Field Position (FP) for further Tertiary Study.

Authority English is essentially the critical study of literature including novels, plays, poetry, documentaries, film and non-literary works.   At the senior level, Authority English has a heavy workload and demands a high level of academic rigour. Students must be prepared to take individual responsibility for their learning. Students complete assessment in both the written and spoken modes. Conditions included both supervised exams and processed assignments.

Course outline:

Year 11

  • Who are we?: vision of Australian identity
  • Who are we?: On the outer – marginalised groups in Australia
  • Fiction exposed!: novel study
  • The truth is out there: documentary study
  • The truth is out there: response to film
  • Here’s to the future:  motivational speech

Year 12

  • What’s your verdict?: Shakespeare on trial
  • What’s your verdict? Shakespeare - feature article
  • Through the eyes of the poet - imaginative narrative
  • On the edge: novel study: written
  • On the edge: Fringe Film Festival
  • A celebration of life:  reflective speech