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.
While NESA controls the mandatory content and modes that are presented to our students, we at Lismore High deliver in ways that make learning exciting, engaging and relevant. We are committed to quality teaching and explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy skills. Our units of work include spoken, print, visual, media and multimedia texts.
Our Year 7 students are introduced to the notion of cultural communication so that they can succeed as adults in our diverse world. We study texts from traditional literature, theatre, popular culture, with a range of challenging perspectives.
We are currently addressing changes needed for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.