English

Junior English

This course focuses on the development of students’ oral, written and visual language and helps build a strong foundation for success in NCEA Level 1.  Students study a range of texts such as novels, poetry and film through an exciting array of units. They take part in oral and visual presentations, such as debates and producing posters and they write in a range of styles. Students are provided with extension opportunities such as participation in international competitions in English as well as a Speech competition. 

Senior English

Level 1

Course Description: Developing strong English skills is essential for success, both within and beyond school. This course aims to develop students' skills through the study of language and literature. By reading a variety of texts and viewing films and other visual texts, students explore ideas and language use. Taking part in discussions and developing sound essay writing skills are of central importance in this course. Activities include understanding visual text, presenting a speech, and producing a media presentation.

Entry requirements:
Students will need to show evidence of being able to work at the level required to achieve success in external Achievement Standards at Level 1. This will be based on their Year 10 results.  

Level 2

Course Description: This course is designed for students intending to go to university. Developing strong English skills is essential for success, both within and beyond school. Through the study of language and literature, this course builds on skills developed at Level 1. Students read poetry, short stories, view a feature film and/or a Shakespearean play in order to explore ideas and language use. Taking part in discussions and developing sound essay writing skills are of central importance in this course. Activities include creating a writing portfolio, responding to a wide range of individually chosen texts, and presenting a speech.

Entry requirements: 12 credits from Level 1 English with at least one externally assessed Standard.

Level 3

Course Description: Developing strong English skills is essential for success, both within and beyond school. Through the study of language and literature, this course builds on skills developed at Level 2. Students read poetry, short stories, a Shakespearean play, and view a feature film in order to explore ideas and language use. Taking part in discussions and developing sound essay writing skills are of central importance in this course. Activities include extended writing, a research report on an aspect of literature, and an oral presentation.

Entry requirements: 14 credits at Level 2 English, must include at least 2 externally assessed standards.