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Welcome to the English Faculty at William Ross State High School.
 
The study of English helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them.
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY
 
English is a core subject in year 7, 8 & 9 and is studied by all students. The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. English also helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature to expand the scope of their experiences.
 
Pathways to Senior Subjects - English (Authority): Pre-requisite 'B' in Year 10 English, English Communication (Authority Registered).
 
Career Pathways - Authority English is a pre-requisite for most university courses. Either Authority English or English Communication is required for most TAFE Diploma and Associate Diploma Courses and for many Traineeships and Apprenticeships.
 
SENIOR SECONDARY
 
Year 10
In Year 10 English aims to ensure that students learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
 
Students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations, and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.
 
Students understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning. Students learn to develop the skills required in order to deconstruct and use the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.
 
Pathway to Senior Subjects - English (Authority). Highly recommended C+ in Semester 2 English
English Communication (Authority Registered). No prerequisites.
 
Career Pathways - Authority English is a pre-requisite for most university courses. Either Authority English or English Communication is required for most TAFE Diploma and Associate Diploma Courses and for many Traineeships and Apprenticeships.
 
Year 11 and 12
 
ENGLISH - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisites - at least a ‘B’ Achievement for Year 10 English
 
Language is not just a means of communication – it is a central aspect of life. We live in a world of technological and social complexity, a world in which success is often determined by our ability to use language effectively. Senior English offers students opportunities to develop their ability to use language appropriately and effectively in a variety of social contexts, and to develop an appreciation of language and how it works in the world
 
Units of work involve students in a wide range of language uses, across a range of genres including: literary texts (prose, poetry, drama) non-literary texts (documentaries) and mass media (documentaries).
 
Students will be required to study a range of both Australian and non- Australian texts, and:  
  • Be involved in a variety of activities (including writing, reading and viewing novels, plays, documentaries, feature films, short stories, poems and media texts)
  • Communicate using spoken, written and visual and electronic modes for a variety of purposes (including informing, persuading and entertaining).

 
Possible Careers - Senior English is a pre- requisite for most tertiary courses. It is also a preferred option for many TAFE Diploma and Associate Diploma courses.
 
ENGLISH COMMUNICATION - Authority Registered QCE POINTS: 4
 
English Communication is a course for students who aim to improve their competency and confidence in language use, but who do not require Senior English (Authority) for tertiary entrance. English Communication offers students opportunities to develop their ability to use language appropriately and effectively in a variety of social contexts.
 
Units of work involve students in a wide range of language uses, the emphasis being on comprehension and communication skills in work, leisure and the community.
 
Students will be engaged in a range of:  
  • activities which provide opportunities for students to think, speak, listen, write and read for real purposes;
  • life-like activities which provide opportunities for students to engage with simulated contexts;
  • focused learning episodes which allow students to reflect on aspects of language and learning within the context of real-life or life-like activities.

Possible Careers - English Communication is a useful subject for vocational students who do not need Senior English for tertiary entrance requirements.