English

Delivering a quality programme

We pride ourselves on being an enthusiastic and innovative department. We deliver a quality programme and are always looking for ways to enrich the learning experience of our students. English is compulsory at Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11. We also enjoy strong numbers and high achievement levels at Years 12 and 13, and English Scholarships.

Our English staff for 2017 are: Jo Collins (Head of Faculty), Charlotte Saunders, Sarah Nicholas, Kelsey McBeth, Averil Donovan, Vicki Young, Edward Kwon and Geraldine Enersen.

ESOL

Information about ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and the Library can also be found on this page.

We have an excellent ESOL Teacher, Averil Donovan, and School Librarian, Heather McCorquodale.

Within English the following classes are offered:

 

English for Speakers of Other Languages is a specialised service provided for students who are not native speakers of English. This includes International Students (Fee-payers and Exchange Students) and Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) migrant and work permit background students.

The ESOL Department has functional links with both the International Department and the English Faculty. ESOL courses are aligned with the English Curriculum but utilise specialised ESOL resources and ESOL-trained staff.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and English Support are available where required.

ESOL classes are currently available at Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate levels and are timetabled into three separate blocks in the senior school.

Year 9 and 10 students may join the timetabled senior classes, where appropriate, or attend English classes with their Core Class, with additional support, if this is considered more beneficial.

Senior students may be placed in English classes in addition to, or instead of, ESOL classes if it is considered to be more appropriate to an individual student’s needs or English language competence.

 

Each Year 9 Core class has three English lessons per week. In addition, any student who does not take a language option (Te Reo, French or Japanese), instead takes a trimester of Literacy – three times per week for one third of the year. This course focuses on building basic Literacy skills.

In Year 9, students are expected to be working at Level 4 of the NZ Curriculum.

Years 9 and 10 are the foundation for our NCEA classes. We aim to provide our students with not only sound technical skills, but also a sense of engagement in the subject.

Topics for Year 9 include:

  • Written Language: Novel, Poetry, Creative Writing, Autobiography
  • Visual Language: Advertising, Static Images, Film
  • Oral Language: Speeches, Listening

Class teachers will select topics of interest to suit the needs and interests of the class.

Possible texts that could be covered within the Year 9 English Curriculum:

Stone Cold – Robert Swindells, Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian, Wonder – R.J. Palacio, Trash – Andy Mulligan, Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah, I am David – Anne Holm, King of Shadows – Susan Cooper, Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz, Boy – Roald Dahl, Slide the Corner – Fleur Beale, The Wind Singer – William Nicholson

There is a focus in the Junior Curriculum on developing skills that are essential to be successful in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3.

  • Analysing texts
  • Critical thinking
  • Links beyond the text
  • Punctuation, spelling and grammar
  • Effective communication
  • Expanding vocabulary

Throughout the year students will complete four common assessment tasks:

  • Autobiography
  • Creative Writing
  • Response to Text
  • Year 9 Exam

These ‘common assessments’ are in addition to other forms of common and summative assessments throughout the year, such as reading comprehension and personal reading.

We use PATs to help evaluate your child’s working curriculum level for Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Listening. This information will be sent to you in mid-year and end-of-year reports.

Overall, it is our aim to equip students with the literacy skills necessary for life and for learning. Above all, we strive to foster an appreciation of the importance of Literacy, Language and Literature.

 

Each Year 10 Core class has four English lessons per week.

In Year 10, students are expected to be working at Level 5 of the NZ Curriculum.

Years 9 and 10 are the foundation for our NCEA classes. We aim to provide our students with not only sound technical skills, but also a sense of engagement in the subject.

Topics for Year 10 include:

  • Written Language: Novel, Creative Writing, Formal Writing, Text Connections
  • Visual Language: Static Images, Film
  • Oral Language: Speeches, Listening

Class teachers will select topics of interest to suit the needs and interests of the class.

Possible texts that could be covered within the Year 10 English Curriculum:

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred D. Taylor, Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo, The Wave – Morton Rhue, The Outsiders – S.E. Hilton, Krystyna’s Story – Ogonowska-Coate, Letters from the Inside – John Marsden, A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare, Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden, The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

There is a focus in the Junior Curriculum on developing skills that are essential to be successful in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3.

  • Analysing texts
  • Critical thinking
  • Links beyond the text
  • Punctuation, spelling and grammar
  • Effective communication
  • Expanding vocabulary
  • Making connections within and between texts

In Year 10 the students complete their first NCEA Level 1 Assessment: ‘Construct and deliver an oral text’ (speech). This will be completed in the second half of the year. The students will gain three NCEA Level 1 credits on achievement of this task.

Throughout the year students will complete five common assessment tasks:

  • Formal Writing
  • Text Connections
  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • NCEA Level 1 Speech
  • Year 10 Exam

These ‘common assessments’ are in addition to other forms of assessment throughout the year, such as reading comprehension, response to novel, personal reading and response to film.

We use PATs to help evaluate your child’s working curriculum level for Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Listening. This information will be sent to you in mid-year and end-of-year reports.

Overall, it is our aim to equip students with the literacy skills necessary for life and for learning. Above all, we strive to foster an appreciation of the importance of Literacy, Language and Literature.

 

The Year 11 course has four classes per week and is taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers.

Level 1 English
This course has a mixture of both internal and external credits, totalling 22 credits altogether. Up to 12 credits can be earned in an exam conducted by NZQA (external). This examination will be three hours long and takes place in November.

Internal Assessment is completed throughout the year.  Assessment tasks will be selected from:

  • Formal Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Text Connections
  • Personal Response to Text
  • Speech
  • Close Viewing of a Film

External Assessment consists of an examination in November.  Assessment tasks will be selected from:

  • Unfamiliar Texts
  • Written Text (Novel, Short Story)
  • Visual Text (Film).

 

 

The Year 12 course is divided into two streams: 201 and 202. Both courses have four classes per week and are taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers. These courses build upon the skills gained in NCEA Level 1.

Level 2 English – 201

The 201 course has a mixture of both internal and external credits, totalling 25 credits altogether. Up to 8 credits can be earned in an exam conducted by NZQA (external). This examination will be three hours long and takes place in November.

To enter this course, students must have gained 16 credits in Level 1 English, including at least one external standard.

Internal Assessments covered:

  • Writing Portfolio (Creative and Formal Writing)
  • Text Connections
  • Speech
  • Personal Response to Text
  • Close Viewing of a Film

External Assessments covered:

  • Written Text (Novel, Short Story)
  • Visual Text (Film).

 

Level 2 English – 202

This course allows students to focus only on internal credits and work through them in a more structured manner.

The 202 course is assessed entirely through credits gained internally, totalling 21 credits altogether. Students will not be required to sit the external exam in November. However, students are on an individual programme in the 202 course and, as part of this, it is an option for them to sit the film study external assessment in November.

To enter this course, students must have gained 10 credits in Level 1 English.

English 202 is a stand-alone course. This means students do not advance to Level 3 English. There may be exceptions made for students who excel in this course.

Topics that could be covered in this course are:

  • Text Connections
  • Speech
  • Personal Response to Text
  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • Film Study (external).

 

The Year 13 course is divided into two streams: 301 and 302. Both courses have four classes per week and are taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers. These courses build upon the skills gained in NCEA Level 2.

Level 3 English – 301

Level 3 English – 301 requires students to explore language and think critically about a range of texts. Students have the opportunity to gain 22 credits from a mix of internal and external assessments.

Internal Assessments covered:

  • Writing Portfolio (Formal and Creative Writing)
  • Critical Literacy (Analysing literature through critical texts)
  • Text Connections

External Assessments covered:

  • Written Text (Novel)
  • Visual Text (Film)

 

Level 3 English – 302

Level 3 English – 302 requires students to explore language and think critically about a range of texts. At this level, in many cases, students are able to choose assessment modes according to their strengths, whether that be written, visual or oral. Assessments are taken at a slower pace than in Level 3 English – 301.

Internal Assessments covered:

  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • Writing Portfolio (Creative and Formal Writing)
  • Text Connections
  • Speech

External Assessment:

  • Visual Text (Film)

 

English Scholarship

Gaining an English Scholarship is prestigious. The English Department at Kaiapoi High School is particularly proud of its Scholarship Programme. Over the past four years 1-2 students have consistently gained an English Scholarship each academic year.

The English Scholarship group meets once a week from the end of term one. Students who complete the English Scholarship Programme at Kaiapoi High School have a passion for English literature and are highly analytical.

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