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What is it?
 
Our world is becoming increasingly complex and changeable. Today’s students are likely to change careers often and enter occupations that haven’t yet been conceived. They need versatile, sophisticated communication skills to make the most of this ‘brave new world’.  It is an exciting time to be studying English where these real world skills are central to our study.
 
Real World Skills
 
In a world of information overload we teach students how to be concise. We want them
 to be able to synthesise their broad and deep understanding about ideas into pithy packets. We want them to strive to use the best words, in the best order to convey their message in the best way possible.
 
In a world full of the sound and fury of digital noise we want them to speak with poise and confidence; to be sensitive to audience and purpose; to be adaptable in both online and in person contexts.
 
In a world with competing and contradictory voices we want them to read, view and listen actively. By teaching them how to think critically we will teach them to think for themselves.
 
Our English learning community involves teachers showing and guiding students in order for them to become proficient self-managing learners who take responsibility for their success. We look forward to celebrating that success with you.
 
Course Content
 
Reading and viewing varied and complex texts finely tune comprehension skills. The emphasis is on how texts create subtle shades of meaning and the significance of this.
 
Speaking and listening skills are key to effective communication.
Students learn how to vary according to their social setting and the relationships between the participants. Use interaction skills to present and discuss an idea and to influence and engage an audience by selecting persuasive language, varying voice tone, pitch, and pace, and using elements such as music and sound effects.
 
Writing and shaping extended forms of writing students learn how to effectively convey abstract and sophisticated ideas. The range includes analysing and persuading, informing and entertaining, as well as imagining and engaging.
 
Special Features
 
Spoken Tasks
Spoken scripts must all be submitted by the deadline time to ensure equity for all students. However, unlike many other subjects, spoken tasks cannot receive a grade based only a script. They must be spoken.  Generally, students can choose whether they present them to a live audience or as a vodcast on usb.
 
Drafting Policy
A draft is a response that is nearly good enough to submit for assessment – it is likely to be the students’ second or third attempt at the task. The draft needs to be at least 80% of task length to gain individual teacher feedback.  The date and manner of draft submission are determined by your class teacher. If a draft is submitted on time it will receive individual feedback about its strengths and weaknesses rather than any editing.  All students receive general feedback as part of a lesson following the draft due date. Students are responsible for applying the feedback and editing work. These skills are assessed in the criteria.
 
Excursions
 
Shake & Stir
Debating Competitions
Voices on the Coast
Rostrum Voice of Youth
Brisbane Writers Festival
QPAC Theatre Visits
Literary Lunches
Reality Bites Festival
 
Careers 
 
English is an important and valuable subject regardless of your future goals.
At university a degree in English hones critical thinking skills essential to a number of careers fields including:
·         writing, publishing – eg (B2B) business to business content writer, 
       SEO search engineer optimizer, copywriter
·         media and journalism,
·         advertising
·         legal sector
·         teaching and research
·         public relations
·         business, accounting and finance
·         public sector
 



Alarna Priestley

Acting Head of Department

Mandy McGuire
Jacqui Cushing M'Leea Collins Chris Gale
Nicole Koinuma
April James
Brigid Muir Jacob Boulden​
Karen Johnson



Karen Phillips
Teacher- Aide
Sarah Williams​
Teacher-Aide