“The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It 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” (Australian Curriculum, ACARA, 2010).
The English Learning Area at Eaton Community College cannot be defined by one simple phrase. While at its core it aims to provide all students with the necessary literacy skills needed to live in an ever changing world, it is also a learning area where students explore communication in all its guises alongside the aesthetic nature of language.
What happens in the English Classroom?
Walk into one of our classes during the year and you might see students reading anything from a fable to a classic or contemporary Australian novel. They may be studying the features of a play, a biography or a webpage. Perhaps they’re drafting an essay, putting the finishing touches to a short story, writing a poem or publishing their feature article. They could be delivering a persuasive speech, composing song lyrics, participating in a debate, writing a letter to the editor, producing a newspaper, critiquing a feature film, storyboarding a documentary or performing drama. All of this, and more, on top of the basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar.
At ECC we encourage our students to ask questions if they do not understand a concept or what is expected of them in any given task or classroom activity. Students are also encouraged to speak with their classroom teacher about their literacy concerns. If a
student needs to speak to English staff, they are welcome to pop into the office, in LC2 and/or come along to homework classes.
English After-School Tutorials
General English After-School Tutorials
English after-school tutorials are a chance for students to catch up on missed work, complete homework or work on current assignments – all with the help of one
of our welcoming English staff. All students are encouraged to attend, even if it is just to answer a question.
Time: Monday 3.00pm to 4.00pm
ATAR English Years 11 and 12 After-School Tutorials
At ECC we also offer specialist ATAR after-school workshops for our ATAR 11 and 12 students. These workshops are designed to provide extra assistance to students in regards to journal entries and assessments. They are also designed to aid students in their understanding of course concepts by providing extra time to closely examine core areas of the course. Although these workshops are not compulsory, we strongly advise all our ATAR students to attend.
Communication with parents and the wider school community is imperative in providing supportive, effective, holistic learning. Understanding the parameters surrounding student performance and Department expectations is also crucial. It is for this reason the ECC Senior School English Policy is attached for you and your child. If there are any concerns regarding the Policy please do not hesitate to contact your child’s English teacher or the ECC English Faculty.
Communication with parents and the wider school community is imperative in providing supportive, effective, holistic learning. Understanding the parameters surrounding student performance and Department expectations is also crucial. It is for this reason the ECC Lower School English Policy is attached for you and your child. If there are any concerns regarding the Policy please do not hesitate to contact your child’s English teacher or the ECC English Faculty.
Our English Team of 2017
Head of Learning Area – Mrs Dani Grant
- Miss Hayley Beckingham
- Mrs Kelsy Duncan
- Mrs Nichole Lubke
- Mr Chris Lyons
- Mrs Carol Tadewaldt-Wren