Why study English?
The general aim of the English course at St Rita’s is to promote the maturity of each student through the
development of her competence and the enrichment of her experience of language.
Underpinning the course is an acknowledgement that language is the main vehicle for thinking and the means
by which individuals make and convey meaning about their world and their experiences and how relationships
Rapid technological change means that students live in a heavily mediated world where everyone requires the
ability to interpret, negotiate and manipulate written and spoken information.
By studying English, students are empowered to use language to effectively convey their ideas and
understandings, to critique and challenge texts and so actively participate in wider society.
What is studied in English?
Students experience language by engaging with a wide variety
of texts drawn from literature and the media. By engaging
with a variety of written, visual and spoken texts students learn
that language practices vary according to the social setting;
that there are clearly defined conventions that determine
what constitutes acceptable language use and that all
language reflects values and beliefs about the world.
English is organized into three interrelated strands that
support students’ growing understanding and use of Standard
Australian English. The three strands focus on developing
students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing.
These three strands are:
Language: knowing about the English language
Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.
Written and oral communication skills are developed through a variety of mediums, such as reports, journals,
feature writing, research assignments, essay writing, drama and public speaking. Students are encouraged to
write and speak for a variety of audiences and purposes.
English in Years 9 and 10 allows students to access the Authority subject English in Years 11 and 12. Senior
English is a compulsory subject for all students in Years 11 and 12. In addition, the language skills acquired in
Year 9 and 10 English provide a sound foundation for success in a wide range of subjects, particularly Modern
History, Economics and Study of Religion.