In English students will critically read, view and listen to a range of different texts, respond to (evaluate) these texts, and question (criticise and analyse) them using both writing and speaking. Students will learn that the English language has conventional patterns (genres) and uses certain kinds of language depending on where and why the writing and speaking is being done, and who the audience is. Students will be asked to speak and write themselves in a variety of different roles, in a variety of different styles and for different purposes and audiences.
The English program is divided into three strands from Years 7-10; Extension, Intermediate and Foundation. Within the differing programs of work, the students will engage with the National Curriculum, various reading comprehension activities, critical literacies, extended writing and spoken pieces of work. The purpose of streaming is to enhance literacy and comprehension skills while extending and improving on the skills that they have already mastered.
Students in Year 11 and Year 12 are given a choice between English or English Communication to suit the pathways that they choose for their life after school.
Authority subjects (OP eligible subjects)
This is the English course for those students who intend to continue onto tertiary education. The aim of this course is to expose the students to a range of texts with the purpose of analysing and critiquing them to identify meaning and evaluate their purpose.
Students choosing English will read, view and listen to a range of texts and respond to them in both writing and speaking.
Authority-registered subject (non-OP eligible subjects)
This is the English course for those students who do not intend to continue onto tertiary education. This course is appropriate for those students seeking a future in trades, general entry defence positions or if they intend joining the workforce after completing Year 12. The specific aim of this course is to develop students’ communication skills – both written and spoken – so that they can participate effectively in their work places and in their community.
Students choosing English Communication will read, view and listen to a range of different texts, for example novels, films, magazines, newspapers, websites, radio broadcasts, podcasts, television programs, contemporary songs, and advertisements. They will respond to these texts in both writing and speaking.
Starting in Queensland in 2019, there will be changes to the curriculum being delivered to Year 11 students and each subsequent cohort.
These changes include a move from the current Overall Position (OP) tertiary entrance rank to an Australian Admission Rank (ATAR), as used by other Australian states and territories.