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English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

English is a mandatory subject from years 7 through to 12. Some of the subjects and activities that students undertake include:


Students are exposed to a range of poetic forms and poets from different times. They are also encouraged to compose their own poems using a range of figurative devices.



Students will explore the nature of debating. They will examine the importance and effectiveness of organising a debating team and working cooperatively in groups.



Students engage in an in-depth study of a Shakespearean text. They will be familiarised with context and language, including forms and features relevant to the study of a Shakespearean drama. Through analysing specific scenes, students develop skills in analysing the language used to explore the themes within plays.


Film Study

Students have the opportunity to understand, interpret, critically analyse, appreciate and respond to film. They also learn to identify and explain the various film techniques and how they are used to convey meaning.


Media Study

Students gain an understanding of the role of media through the mediums of radio, newspapers, television and the internet.


Novel Study

Students personally engage with novels and learn how to develop and apply contextual knowledge, learn to understand and apply knowledge of language forms and features and how to respond to and compose texts.



Students engage in a range of activities which enhance the development of a variety of skills and knowledge on the process of developing an advertisement. Students also focus on how advertisers utilise language structures and features to persuade consumers to purchase products.


Spelling Bees

Students engage in a range of activities to help develop their spelling skills. Students also take part in a fun year group spelling bee to further develop their spelling abilities.


Public Speaking and Creative Writing Competitions

Students are encouraged to use their developed skills in public speaking and creative writing in order to compete in competitions run by various organisations.