English

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.


Years 9 and 10 (Compulsory)

Years 9 and 10 English is comprised of a dynamic two-year programme structured around oral, written, and visual language. Over the two years, students will consolidate and build on their reading, writing, speaking, viewing, and critical thinking skills by being exposed to a range of contexts, themes and genres including that of Aotearoa New Zealand’s culture, historical and modern literature, as well as media and pop culture.


Year 11 (Compulsory)

All Level 1 English courses offer the same NCEA Level 1 Achievement Standards. All courses offer a maximum of 10 credits which will be internally assessed and a further eight credits which will be externally assessed. Students can choose the context through which they wish to study English from:

  • English through Pop Culture

    - the study of English through music/song lyrics, movies, video games and related written texts.

OR

  • English Literature

    - the study of English by examining the work of some celebrated authors such as Jane Austen, Harper Lee, and Charles Dickens. Students will also complete a visual text study of a film adaptation of a novel which is considered a masterpiece.

OR

  • English and the Global Workplace

    - the study of English through the specialised genre of business-related reading and writing, as well as a film study which focuses on ethics in the workplace.


As English is a skills-based subject, students can choose the same context at Level 2, or choose a different one, if they wish.

Note: For some students, the teacher, student, whānau, and Head of Faculty may arrange an individualised learning plan of alternate achievement or unit standards within the student's chosen course.


Year 12 English (Optional*)

IMPORTANT: *Year 12 English is only optional if the student has already gained Level 1 Literacy. Students who choose not to take Year 12 English are required to attend an interview with the HOF English prior to their course of study being approved. Whānau are warmly invited to attend this meeting. If the student intends to go to university, it is highly recommended that the student take Year 12 English as this course offers students the opportunity to gain UE Literacy from English alone and aims to develop students' academic writing skills which are critical to success at the tertiary level.

If a student had not yet gained Level 1 Literacy, but does not wish to take Year 12 English, a pathway to completing Level 1 Literacy will be discussed in the student's interview with the HOF English.

Courses:

All Level 2 English courses offer the same NCEA Level 2 Achievement Standards. All Year 12 courses offer University Literacy Credits (5 Reading and 5 Writing). All courses offer a maximum of 10 credits which will be internally assessed and a further eight credits which will be externally assessed. Students can choose the context through which they wish to study English from:

  • English through Pop Culture

    - the study of English through music/song lyrics, movies, video games and related written texts.

OR

  • English Literature

     - the study of English by examining the work of some celebrated authors such as Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, and Charles Dickens. Students will also complete a visual text study of a film adaptation of a novel which is considered a masterpiece.

OR

  • English and the Global Workplace

     - the study of English through the specialised genre of business-related reading and writing, as well as completing a related film study.


Note: For some students, the teacher, student, whānau, and Head of Faculty may arrange an individualised learning plan of alternate achievement or unit standards within the student's chosen course.


Year 13

At Year 13, there are two courses of study available:

L3 English and Philosophy

Students who have gained University Literacy and 14 credits in Level 2 English can choose L3 English and Philosophy  which is a university approved course and offer a course endorsement. In this course, students will examine a variety of written and visual texts through the lens of philosophical theories such as existentialism (the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of free will). Students will make use of the Socratic Method which encourages deep critical thinking and the development of strong hypotheses, key skills for Level 3 English and university.

OR

L3 English for UE Literacy 

Students who wish to continue on to tertiary study, but have yet to earn University Literacy, can select the L3 English for UE Literacy course which offers students the opportunity to earn the reading and writing credits required for University Entrance Literacy. Students will undertake three Level 4 English for Academic Purposes Standards. This course does not offer the opportunity for course endorsement. Please note that students who have already achieved University Entrance Literacy are not eligible for this course.