ENGLISH

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ENGLISH

The philosophy of experiential learning at Timbertop extends to the English classroom. Robert Neal notes in his introduction to Writers on Writing: An Anthology (1992), ‘the only way of learning to write is to write; you can no more learn to write by merely reading about it than you can learn to swim, or weave, [or hike or ski or abseil or chop wood] by reading about that.’ The opportunities afforded students in the English classroom at Timbertop are aimed to equip them with the language and forms, so they might powerfully express their unique experiences and perspectives.

The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Together, the strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Throughout the year, students will engage with a variety of texts and text types including poetry, short stories, novels, films, plays, and print and electronic media. They will examine the language used and participate in facilitated classroom discussions to develop critical, creative and collaborative thinking skills. These skills will then be applied through the planning, composition and editing of analytical and creative writing and oral presentations.

The wider reading program at Timbertop is generously supported by the Library and its intentions are similar to what Virginia Woolf explains in her essay, ‘How should one read a book?’ (1912): ‘[W]e can read such books with another aim, not to throw light on literature, not to become familiar with famous people, but to refresh and exercise our own creative powers. Is there not an open window on the right hand of the bookcase? How delightful to stop reading and look out!’ Indeed, the experience of turning up from the pages of a book to see peaks of Mount Stirling, The Bluff and Mount Buller would have been prized by the Romantics.


 

ENGLISH PATHWAY AT GGS

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

English
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

English
Year 10

English
Middle School - Years 5 to 8