English - English Language - Media Studies

What is English about?

English is the study, use, and enjoyment of the English language and its literature, communicated orally, visually, and in writing, for a range of purposes and audiences and in a variety of text forms. Learning English encompasses learning the language, learning through the language, and learning about the language. 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.

Why study English? Literacy in English gives students access to the understanding, knowledge, and skills they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political, and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world. To successfully engage with the global world, students need to be effective oral, written, and visual communicators who are able to think critically. Success in English is fundamental to success across the curriculum. English presents students with opportunities to engage with and develop the key competencies in diverse contexts.

New Zealand Curriculum (2007)

English is compulsory for Year 11 students for Semester A. If students do not gain Level 1 Literacy in the first semester, they will be required to take English to gain Level 1 Literacy in Semester B.

ONE Level 1 English course is compulsory in Semester A for all Year 11 students. Year 11 students can also choose ONE English course in Semester B.

English is not compulsory at Year 12 or 13

Courses in this Learning Area

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