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Willoughby Girls High School

Willoughby Girls High School

A Leader in Girls Education

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English

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 Advanced
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2
  • English Standard

English is the only compulsory subject in Years 7 to 12. In addition to the core curriculum, the English faculty offers many extracurricular activities. These include the National English Competition, a theatre excursion program, short film festival, debating and public speaking, entry into local and state young writers’ awards (such as the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writers’ Award, the Stanton and Mosman Young Writers’ Awards) and National Literacy Awards. More information about these opportunities can be found in the daily messages, newsletters and through English classes.

English language enrichment classes are available, outside of the normal timetable, for any students requiring additional assistance.

English as a second language (ESL)

ESL composite classes operate within the English department and are taught by English teachers supported by specialist ESL teachers.

Specialist ESL teachers work with teachers and students in their regular classes to ensure ESL students’ language skills are developed. The ESL teachers are available to provide advice to parents/carers regarding language and cultural matters.

English language enrichment classes are available, outside of the normal timetable, for any students requiring additional assistance.