ENGLISH

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Year 5

Speaking and Listening: Students are encouraged to listen critically, commenting on context, and adjusting their own speaking style for different purposes. They contribute to class and small-group discussions in an informal context and present formal and prepared presentations to the class. Speaking and listening skills are also showcased at a cross-campus Speakers’ Festival.

Reading: Students are encouraged to read widely for pleasure and to reflect on their reading strategies. Their class work incorporates skills of reading comprehension, on a number of levels, and responses to a given text in a variety of ways. 

Writing: Students come to understand conventions such as spelling, grammar and handwriting. They use research skills to locate and interpret information for various texts. They develop their knowledge of word classes, punctuation and sentence structure. Students write for a range of audiences and purposes. Attention is given to the skills of editing, word processing and publishing.

Year 6

Speaking and Listening: Students listen to and participate in prepared debates. They produce prepared and sustained spoken texts in a variety of situations, dealing with familiar ideas and information. Students are encouraged to listen critically, commenting on context, and adjusting their own speaking style for different purposes. 

Reading: Students are encouraged to read a variety of books for enjoyment. They read and respond to selected texts, justifying their own interpretation and explaining possible reasons for different interpretations of the texts. Students use their knowledge of linguistic structures and features to explain how texts are constructed. They identify and discuss strategies for locating key information and ideas. 

Writing: Students use different text types to write about familiar and unfamiliar ideas and information. They are encouraged to adjust their writing to take account of aspects of purpose and audience. Students are introduced to a range of strategies to plan, compose, revise and edit texts.

Year 7

This course builds on and extends the language skills established in the primary years.

Text Response: Students read and view a variety of texts (print and non-print), develop an understanding of genre, begin to produce substantiated responses and develop an understanding of argument.

Writing: Students extend and develop their writing skills (including spelling, sentence and paragraph construction) and develop their ability to write for a range of purposes, in a variety of forms. Particular emphasis is given to the mechanics of expression including sentence and paragraph construction.

Oral Communication: Students speak and listen in a range of situations and develop their confidence and competence in addressing different audiences.

Language: Students revise and extend their grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary skills through a systematic programme designed to provide a comprehensive grounding in language concepts.

ASSESSMENT
1. Text Response (40%)
2. Writing (30%)
3. Oral Communication (15%)
4. Language (15%)

Year 8

This course builds on and extends the skills established in previous years. The student’s notebook computer is used to reinforce these skills.

Text Response: Students read and view a range of texts (print and non-print) of increasing complexity, produce substantiated and critical responses and develop their understanding of the techniques of argument.

Writing: Students extend and develop their writing skills (including spelling, sentence and paragraph construction) and develop their ability to write for a range of purposes and in a variety of forms. Particular emphasis is given to the mechanics of expression, including sentence and paragraph construction. 

Oral Communication: Students speak and listen in a variety of situations which demand increasing competence and assurance.

Language: Students revise and extend their grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary skills through a systematic programme designed to provide a comprehensive grounding in language concepts.

ASSESSMENT
1. Text Response (40%)
2. Writing (30%)
3. Oral Communication (15%)
4. Linguistic Structures (15%)

ENGLISH PATHWAY AT GGS

Group 1 - English A: Literature
Year 11 and 12 - IB

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Year 11 and 12 - VCE

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Year 10

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