English

Delivering a quality programme

We pride ourselves on being an innovative, enthusiastic faculty with a shared passion for literature and learning. We deliver a quality, varied programme and we 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.

Our English staff for 2018 are: Jo Collins (Head of Faculty), Charlotte Saunders (Assistant Head of Faculty), Sarah Nicholas, Kelsey McBeth, Averil Donovan, Vicki Young, Laurie Abbott and Edward Kwon.

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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, taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers. Students in Year 9 are expected to be working at Level 4 of the NZ Curriculum.

The Year 9 programme focuses on building students’ core literacy and thinking skills, using a variety of tasks and text types.  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:

  • Reading and Writing: Novel, Poetry, Short Stories, Creative and Formal Writing, Autobiography
  • Viewing and Presenting: Film, Static Images
  • Listening and Speaking: Speeches, Presentations

Class teachers will select topics and texts based on the needs and interests of the class.

Years 9 and 10 are the foundation of our NCEA classes. Therefore we have a focus in the Junior Curriculum on developing core skills that are fundamental to success in NCEA.

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

Throughout the year students will complete four common assessment tasks:

  • Autobiography
  • Response to Text
  • Creative or Formal Writing
  • Speech
  • Film terms

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

We use PATs and e-asTTle tests to help evaluate each student’s working curriculum level for Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary.

Overall, it is our aim to equip students with the literacy and thinking skills necessary for life and life-long 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, taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers.  Students in Year 10 are expected to be working at Level 5 of the NZ Curriculum.

The Year 10 programme focuses on the continued building of students’ core literacy and thinking skills, using a variety of tasks and text types. 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:

  • Reading and Writing Novel, Poetry, Short Stories, Creative and Formal Writing, Text Connections
  • Viewing and Presenting: Film, Static Images
  • Listening and Speaking: Speeches, Presentations

Class teachers will select topics and texts based on the needs and interests of the class.

Years 9 and 10 are the foundation for our NCEA classes.  Therefore we have a focus in the Junior Curriculum on developing core skills that are fundamental to success in NCEA.

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

Throughout the year students will complete five common assessment tasks:

  • Text Connections
  • Response to Text
  • Informational Literacy
  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • Speech

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

We use PATs and e-asTTle texts to help evaluate each student’s working curriculum level for Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary.

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

 

Year 11 English classes have four periods of English per week and are taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers.  Level 1 English is separated into three options.

Literature
This course is aimed specifically at students who enjoy engaging with literature and would like the opportunity to explore this further.  Students will read literature in a range of forms and styles, including Shakespeare, and write in different genres.  The course covers a range of learning activities.  Students will explore language and think critically about language and literature. Students are offered a mixture of internal and external credits, totalling 22 credits. 

Internal Assessments:

  • Formal or Creative Writing
  • Text Connections
  • Personal Responses
  • Close Viewing of a Film

External Assessments:

  • Unfamiliar Texts
  • Response to Written Text (Novel, Short Story)

 

General English
This course covers a range of learning activities.  Students will explore language and think critically about language and literature. Students are offered a mixture of internal and external credits, with the possibility of completing up to 22 credits. 

Internal Assessments:

  • Formal or Creative Writing
  • Text Connections
  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • Optional – Personal Responses

External Assessments:

  • Unfamiliar Texts
  • Response to Written Text (Novel, Short Story)

 

Literacy
This course is designed for students who struggle with their Literacy skills and are unlikely to cope with the General English course.  The focus of this course is for students to gain Level 1 Literacy through the Unit Standards pathway.

 

 

 

The Year 12 course is divided into two options: ‘Classic to Contemporary’ and ‘Oral and Visual’. These classes are taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers and require students to analyse a range of texts. Both courses have four classes per week and build upon the skills gained in NCEA Level 1.

Classic to Contemporary

This course covers a range of text types and learning activities.  The course requires students to write in a range of styles, to explore language and think critically about a range of texts, including film.  We offer a mixture of internal and external assessments, with up to 25 credits available in this course.

Internal Assessments:

  • Writing Portfolio
  • Personal Response to Text
  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • Optional – Personal Responses

External Assessments:

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

 

Oral and Visual

This course covers a range of learning activities, offering students the opportunity to build their language and critical thinking skills, with a heavier focus on visual and oral texts.  

Assessments are taken at a slower pace than in the Classic to Contemporary course.  Students have some opportunity to tailor their own assessment programmes, including the mode of assessment in some cases (written, oral or visual).  However, this is still an academic course.  The aim of this course is for students to achieve a minimum of 10 Level 2 English credits.  The course is fully internally assessed, although students are able to opt into an external standard.

Internal Assessments:

  • Text Connections
  • Information Literacy
  • Close Viewing of a Film
  • Optional – Personal Responses
  • Optional – Speech
  • Optional Writing Portfolio

External Assessments:

  • Optional – Response to Visual Text (Film)

 

 

The Year 13 course is divided into two options: ‘Classic to Contemporary’ and ‘Oral and Visual’. Both courses have four classes per week and are taught by passionate and highly qualified teachers.  Level 3 English courses build upon the skills gained in NCEA Level 2.

Classic to Contemporary

This course requires students to explore language and think critically about a range of texts, including film.  Students will write in a range of styles, complete reading and viewing assessments, and critically evaluate literature.  We offer a mixture of internal and external assessments, with up to 22 credits available in this course.

Internal Assessments:

  • Writing Portfolio
  • Critical Lens
  • Close Viewing of Film Scenes

External Assessments:

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

 

Oral and Visual

This course requires students to explore language and think critically about a range of texts, with a heavier focus on visual and oral texts.  

Assessments are taken at a slower pace than in the Classic to Contemporary course.  Students have some opportunity to tailor their own assessment programmes, including the mode of assessment in some cases (written, oral or visual).  However, this is still an academic course.  Most of this course is internally assessed, with only one external assessment.  Students can gain up to 14 credits in this course.

Internal Assessments:

  • Text Connections
  • Oral Presentation
  • Close Viewing of Film Scenes
  • Optional Writing Portfolio

External Assessment:

  • Optional – Response to Visual Text (Film)

 

English Scholarship

Scholarships recognise elite students, approximately the top 3% in this subject, thus gaining an English Scholarship is prestigious.

The Year 13 Scholarship group meets weekly from the end of Term One.  The focus of this group is building analytical and critical thinking skills, looking at the influence of a range of different text types.

We also have the ‘Preparing for Scholarship’ group available for interested Years 11 and 12 students who have a passion for English literature and are highly analytical.  This group also meets weekly.  Topics under discussion include the purpose and influence of literature, in a range of forms, genre conventions and the development of literature and language.

 

 

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