Students studying English can expect to enjoy themselves while being offered every opportunity to improve in both the traditional elements of English, such as the conventions of standard Australian English, as well as in the progressive area of critical literacy – the ability to see, for instance, how different texts can shape our identity, our values and our beliefs.

In the English Learning Area at Dalyellup College, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in literature and develop a passion for language and learning through Reading, Listening and Speaking, Writing and Viewing.

The English syllabus is based on the assumption that English is concerned with language and meaning, and in particular with students’ abilities to make meaning with language. Students are given opportunities for composing texts (as writers, speakers and performers) and for comprehending texts (as readers, listeners and viewers).

Text and the Construction of Meaning

The term ‘text’ refers to any form of written, spoken or visual communication involving language. The texts through which students learn about language in English are wide- ranging and varied, from brief conversations to complex forms of writing. The study of specific texts is the means by which students achieve the desired outcomes of English. Students learn to create texts of their own and to engage with texts produced by other people. Texts used are both traditional “classic” texts, and contemporary. Texts used in the English course reflect the multicultural dimensions of Australian society. In English, students use texts that compliment rich concepts and are relevant to adolescent students through integrated learning tasks.

Learning Outcomes

Students are taught the principle characteristics of texts to construct meaning. They are taught how to justify and explain their understandings through extended writing tasks. They are also taught how to present their understandings through speaking. Students are taught how to refer to texts to justify their interpretation. They also learn to understand others’ interpretations.

Students demonstrate an understanding of a range of texts and genres. They learn to use skills and strategies for reading and comprehending texts and develop speaking and listening skills through discussion. They also learn how texts are constructed and written in various ways and how to write in a range of formats and styles. Students understand how viewing texts (feature film, advertising, media and graphics) use conventions to present messages, issues, attitudes and values.

Writing frameworks are scaffolded and modelled to ensure students have the ability to write in a variety of forms. Students are taught prediction skills and before and after reading strategies to assist with their understanding of texts. Students learn grammar and spelling conventions within the context of the course.

In preparation for Year 11 and 12 English, an importance is placed on exam techniques and extended writing. At the conclusion of Year 10, students will have gained skills in speaking confidently and group discussion. They will be able to develop informed opinions about issues in society and confidently express their own understandings. Students are given the opportunity to develop collaborative work habits through facilitated group work and listening skills to assist in preparing them for secondary graduation.