The English course aims to develop the students' ability to communicate in effective ways, depending on the context. Good speakers and writers take into account the message they want to send (purpose), the people they want to make it clear to (audience) and the type of communicating it is (text type - e.g. phone call, email, report, conversation, form, website or essay).
We also teach listening, reading and viewing for understanding, both fiction and non-fiction. To make their way in the world, young people need to understand many types of text (advertizements, information, movies, documentaries and novels). As the students progress through from Year 8 to Year 12, the level of learning becomes more sophisticated and nuanced.
At the moment we are in the transition phase of implementing the new nation wide Australian Curriculum which will officially be unveiled and put into practice at the beginning of 2014.
For rewarding good learning and classroom etiquette we are implementing a Student of the Month reward program. This incentive program has been expanded to include SOSE and Maths. We just recently had our first morning tea for February and the students seem to be embracing this reward initiative and are looking forward to future morning teas.