English is fundamental to communication, learning and thinking. In using and exploring English literature, everyday texts and multimedia, students are able to develop, maintain and express their identity.They learn to organise their thoughts, come to understand their physical and cultural environment and appreciate and contribute to their society.
The study of English also promotes the appreciation and lifelong enjoyment of literature. Creativity, innovation and analysis are fostered within the studies of English and lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of all students.
The English courses at Melrose High School are fully aligned with the Australian Curriculum which identifies three strands of English: Language, Literature and Literacy.
EALD (English as an Additional Language or Dialect)
The school caters for the needs of EALD students through designated English and HASS classes. All EALD courses are designed to improve students’ language and communication skills. EALD students can also receive support with assignments across all subject areas during designated lunch time sessions.
Language: knowing about the English language.
Students will learn the processes of reading, writing, listening and speaking to enable them to communicate 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 of text type, purpose and audience including the structural, literary and multimodal devices used to achieve different purposes and target specific audiences.
There are many ways in which students can enrich their learning in English at Melrose, such as:
- Excursions to live performances, films, museums and writing workshops
- Competitions including:Tournament of the Minds; The Dorothea McKeller Poetry Competition; ICAS English, Writing and Spelling Competitions; Public Speaking Competitions; Write What Matters; and many more creative writing competitions.