The study of English in Years 7 – 10 offers students a rich, dynamic and diverse range of learning experiences which provide students with knowledge, understanding and skills gained from engaging with the world of literature, film and media. Students will study a variety of texts including poetry, novels, drama, film, media, autobiographies, speeches, websites and picture books. In addition, the study of English also promotes the development of values and attitudes which empower individuals to express themselves and to engage critically and creatively with their world.
Through responding to and composing a wide range of texts and through the close study of texts, students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in order to:
communicate through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing
use language to shape and make meaning according to purpose, audience and context
think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical
express themselves and their relationships with others and their world
learn and reflect on their learning through their study of English.
The study of English also enables students to value and appreciate:
the importance of the English language as a key to learning
the personal enrichment to be gained from a love of English, literature and learning
the power of language to explore and express views of themselves as well as the social, cultural, ethical, moral, spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of human experiences
the power of effective communication using the language modes of speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing
the role of language in developing positive interaction and cooperation with others
the diversity and aesthetics of language through literary and other texts
the independence gained from thinking imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically.
At Parramatta High School the following topics are studied in Years 7,8,9 and 10.
Heroes and Villains
Guardians of the Planet
Perspectives of Australia
Struggle to Survive
Close Study of Text (Fantasy, Science Fiction or Shakespearean Comedy)
Subverted Fairy Tales
Hearts and Minds
Genre or Thematic Study
Close Study of Text 'Romeo and Juliet'
Representations of Gender
Area of Study - Changer
Close Study of Text
Parramatta High School offers Standard English, Advanced English, Extension 1 and 2 and ESL in the senior school.
The Preliminary and HSC English Standard courses
are designed for students to become proficient in English to enhance
their personal, social and vocational lives. These courses provide
students with the opportunity to become confident and effective
communicators and to enjoy the breadth and variety of English texts.
They offer a rich language experience that is reflected in the modes of
reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing.
Topics Studies in Standard English
Area of Study – Belonging
Module A – Characterisation
Module B – Close Study of Novel
Area of Study – Discovery
Module A- Distinctively Visual
Module C – Transitions
Module B – Close Study of Text - Poetry
The Preliminary and HSC English Advanced courses
are designed for students to become critical and sophisticated users of
English in order to enhance their personal, social and vocational
lives. These courses provide students who have a particular interest and
ability in the subject with challenging learning experiences and
opportunities to enjoy the breadth and variety of English texts, through
the integration of the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening,
viewing and representing.
Topics Studies in Advanced English
Area of Study – Belonging
Module A – Study of Text and Context
Module C – Representation in Texts
Area of Study – Discovery
Module A – Intertextual Connections
Module B – Critical Study of Texts – Poetry
Module C – Representing People and Politics
The English ESL courses provide
students with the opportunity to become effective, creative and
confident communicators in English and to assist them in achieving Stage
6 outcomes. They will be able to respond to and compose texts for a
variety of purposes and audiences that are relevant to their personal,
educational, social and vocational lives. Students extend their reading,
writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing skills through
an integrated engagement with texts drawn from literature and other
Topics Studied in English ESL
Area of Study – Journey
Film and Novel Study
Identity Through Poetry
Area of Study - Discovery
Module A – Australian Voices
Module B – Living and Working in the Community
The Preliminary and HSC English Extension courses enable
students who are accomplished, analytical and imaginative in their use
of English to refine their understanding and appreciation of the
cultural roles and significance of texts. The courses are designed for
students with a desire to pursue a specialised study of English.
courses provide students with the opportunity to pursue areas of
interest with increased independence and to theorise about the processes
of responding to and composing texts. Through extended engagement in
investigation and composition, students explore multiple meanings and
relative values of texts. They explore a range of conceptual frameworks
for the reading and composition of texts and examine a range of reading
practices to develop awareness of the assumptions that guide
interpretation and evaluation.
Topics Studied in Extension 1 English
Recent topics have included :'Coming of Age in Australia', ‘The Man and the Monster'. Female Identity and Public Discourse.
Module B – Texts and Ways of Thinking ( Navigating the Global)
English Extension Course 2
the HSC English Extension Course 2 students develop a sustained
composition, and document and reflect on this process. This course
is only available as a Year 12 subject. It is only open to students who
have completed the Preliminary Extension 1 Course and those that have
demonstrated a capacity for independent investigation and an
exceptionally high level of skill and ability in English.
requires students to complete a major work, a reflection statement and
to keep a process journal. The major work may be creative or a critical
analysis of texts.