Stage 4 English
The English Department at St Edward’s College is committed to certain aims including:
- Engaging and challenging all students to maximise their individual talents and capabilities for lifelong learning;
- Assisting students with skills to enable them to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning;
- Allowing students to experience a diverse range of purposeful and increasingly demanding language activities;
- Enabling students to learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and pleasure;
- Developing and understanding of themselves, and of human experience and culture;
- Helping students develop clear and precise skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing and knowledge and understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts.
These skills will allow your son to develop his control of language in ways that will help him in his lifelong learning, in his career, and in life.
Stage 4 Rationale
The Stage 4 English program at St Edward’s College involves the study of texts relevant to reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing and representing. The skills acquired by students will build on those learned in K-6 and prepare students to meet the demands of Stages 5 and 6.
Incorporated in their study in Years 7 and 8 students will be given a range of opportunities to compose and respond to a wide variety of texts to develop their understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts. These skills will assist our students in becoming effective communicators in their careers and in life.
Cross-curriculum content has been included where appropriate to meet the broad learning outcomes as defined in the K-10 Curriculum Framework. Key amongst these is the development of students’ literacy skills as English plays a vital role in this.
The texts selected by teachers in Stage 4 will assist them in meeting the required essential content of at least two works of Fiction, a wide range of poems, at least two works of film or video or DVD, at least two works of non fiction and at least two works of Drama. Mandatory requirements will also be covered in the Stage 4 English program.
Assessment reflects the standards-referenced framework. Assessment for learning is designed to enhance teaching and improve learning while allowing students opportunities to demonstrate what they know, understand and can do. A range of appropriate assessment tasks has been designed and is integrated in the teaching modules. These tasks give all students a clear understanding of their learning goals, standards to aim for, how the outcomes are being met as well as provide feedback to assist students, teachers and parents in gauging the progress of students at St Edward’s College.
The teaching of English reflects and reinforces the Catholic ethos that is demonstrated through our founder Blessed Edmund Rice. Teachers who work at St Edward’s College actively demonstrate and live by the Gospel values in the tradition and spirit of Catholicism. These are articulated in the registration and programming of each Module/ unit taught in English.