English is compulsory for all four years at Melrose High School. We strive to ensure all students become confident communicators and critical thinkers. The English courses at Melrose High School are fully aligned with the new Australian Curriculum which identifies three stands of English: Language, Literature and Literacy.
- Language: knowing about the English language.
Students will learn the processes of reading, writing, listening and speaking to enable them to write and speak with purpose and effect. Grammar, punctuation and spelling are explicitly taught in context with the literature and literacy strands.
- Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature.
Students will study a range of texts including teen fiction, classical literature, Shakespeare, poetry, film studies, and media studies, as well as texts from multicultural and indigenous perspectives. Texts are chosen by teachers to suit the interests and individual needs of students in the class.
- Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.
Students will gain an understanding text type, purpose and audience including the structural, literary and multimodal devices used to achieve different purposes and target specific audiences.
- Debating: The English KLA actively supports the participation of students in the ACT Debating competitions held during semester one. This requires a strong commitment from students who meet at lunchtimes to prepare their debates.
- International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competitions: The English, Writing and Spelling (year 7 only) competitions are offered for students who wish to participate. ACE students are strongly encouraged to enter these competitions which give them an opportunity to demonstrate their skills against a wider group of peers.
- Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition: Students are strongly encouraged to submit entries in this poetry competition, especially year 8 students all of whom complete a poetry unit in term one.
- Litlinks: Students in years 9 & 10 are strongly encouraged to enter this creative writing competition.