The English courses at Safety Bay Senior High School are year long courses designed for students to learn about the English language: how it works and how to use it effectively. Students develop an understanding of the ways in which language operates as a social process and how to use language in a variety of forms and situations. They learn to speak, listen, view, read and write effectively.
Students are provided with opportunities to understand and employ the conventions of Standard Australian English as well as developing skills in the area of critical literacy – comprehending how different texts are shaped for meaning and effect.
Fundamental to the English course, is the expectation that students will read, view and reflect upon a range of texts. They will be actively encouraged to participate in activities and presentations which promote effective oral communication.
The English course addresses four outcomes: Speaking and Listening, Viewing, Reading and Writing.
The Year 10 English course is designed to transition students from Middle School and prepares them for the Senior School Courses of Study. The teaching learning program is designed to engage students’ interests while developing language competence and their comprehension of essential language and text conventions.
The Senior School curriculum caters for the aspirations of students continuing on to further studies or into the workforce by organising English units into two distinct pathways. Fundamental to all units is the development of language competence while exploring a variety of print and non-print texts designed to introduce students to the attitudes, values and ideologies of the world in which we live.