English at Horsham College is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Together, the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.

Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment, and develop crucial skills which allow them to interpret, create, and discuss a wide range of literary texts, such as newspapers, film and digital texts, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, dramatic performances and multimodal texts. In 2017, students are exploring a range of diverse texts, including slam poetry (Year 8), Bran Nue Dae (Year 9), Humans of New York (Year 10), In The Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien (Year 11). Students develop critical understanding of the contemporary media and are offered opportunities to articulate their own responses to complex ideas.

Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive types of texts including narratives, literary analyses, reviews and oral arguments and presentations.

Multiple pathways are offered to support students’ needs, including Literacy (Years 7 & 8), English Essentials (Year 10), English Advanced (Year 10), as well as VCE Literature in Years 11 & 12.

Students can expect to:

  • explore a diverse range of literary texts;
  • articulate their own responses to texts;
  • create imaginative texts in digital and written formats;
  • develop confidence in public speaking and class discussions