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 with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
The study of English occurs for our children in a world that is in a state of rapid change, culturally, socially, economically and technologically. This places increasing pressures on our students to be citizens who are literate with all sorts of texts, in many different ways.
In providing these opportunities, English teaching and learning is divided into three sub strands.
Speaking and Listening
focuses on students’ ability to speak and listen confidently appropriately, effectively and critically in prepared and spontaneous situations.
Reading and Viewing
focuses on students’ ability to enjoy, appreciate, reflect on, use and critically evaluate the texts they read and view.
Writing and Shaping
focuses on students’ ability to write and shape texts appropriately, effectively, purposefully and critically using Standard Australian English.
Further information about the Australian English Curriculum can be found