“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.
So, just what happens in an English classroom these days? 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, 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 poetry. All of this, and more, on top of the basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar.