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English is used by most Australians to communicate with others in our culturally diverse communities. As major international language, it has the power and the influence in the world context. Proficiency in English for all Australians enables them to share in and contribute to current and future local, national and global communities and cultured. 

The subject English develops students' knowledge of how language typically works in the culture as well as how language works in particular texts. At senior and junior level, English involves the systematic study of language to build increased understanding of the relationships among texts, language and literacy's as social practices, with the emphasis on how these relationships help to make meaning in particular cultural contexts and social situations. Students develop their ability to use language to talk about language and about its use in texts. By studying texts, by learning and using language, students develop their capacities as literature members of Australian and global communities to participate actively in the worlds of work, study and leisure among other human pursuits.

Global aims

  • Knowledge of the relationship between language and culture.
  • Awareness of the flexibility, diversity and dynamism of language.
  • Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of language and its uses in texts
    creative and critical engagement with texts, to explore the students' world and worlds beyond their own.
  • Ability to reflect on the ways language is used in a wide range of cultural contexts and social situations to shape meanings.
  • Ability to use language appropriately, effectively, purposefully, aesthetically and critically to participate in communities and cultures, as well as to think, write and speak about texts.
  • Participation in the diversity of Australian cultures and contribution to their enrichment.
  • Participation in life-long learning as active citizens shaping the future.

Course organisation

A course of study developed at Nerang State High School

  • takes account of the range of achievements by students in English
  • is flexible enough to accommodate the various backgrounds, abilities, interests and maturity levels of students, as well as to consider the aspirations of students within and beyond school
  • facilitates cultural, personal, aesthetic and technological learning through engaging with literature, and with multimodal, popular culture and everyday texts
  • consists of a sequence of structured units of work, each with a clearly defined focus.