The English curriculum provides the opportunity for students to study written, spoken and visual language. Students learn about appropriate and inappropriate communication and the power of language to build and strengthen respectful relationships. Students use English in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, and facilitate interaction with others. They also learn about the potential for language to be destructive and harmful and to recognise how texts can be used to manipulate thinking and behaviour.
Students deconstruct print, aural and digital texts to recognise and understand their social purpose in local, national and global contexts. They understand that patterns of language interaction vary across social contexts and types of texts and the ways that language functions and features may signal social roles and relationships. Students analyse how points of view are generated in visual texts and use literature as a lens to both reflect on and challenge historical and current social and cultural norms and values. Students develop the skills to recognise texts that are attempting to influence their beliefs about identity, power and relationships.
Students learn about literal and implied meaning of texts and how texts present different perspectives on an issue or event. They are guided to make informed decisions and to use digital media responsibly and ethically.
Understand that languages have different written and visual communication systems, different oral traditions and different ways of constructing meaning - ACELA1475
Identify the effect on audiences of techniques, for example shot size, vertical camera angle and layout in picture books, advertisements and film segments - ACELA1483
Discuss texts in which characters, events and settings are portrayed in different ways, and speculate on the authors’ reasons - ACELT1594
Identify and explain language features of texts from earlier times and compare with the vocabulary, images, layout and content of contemporary texts - ACELY1686
Examine how evaluative language can be varied to be more or less forceful - ACELA1477
Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situations - ACELY1676
Understand that social interactions influence the way people engage with ideas and respond to others for example when exploring and clarifying the ideas of others, summarising their own views and reporting them to a larger group - ACELA1488
Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coherently - ACELY1688
Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols - ACTDIP013
Identify the point of view in a text and suggest alternative points of view - ACELY1675
Explore the effect of choices when framing an image, placement of elements in the image, and salience on composition of still and moving images in a range of types of texts - ACELA1496
Understand that successful cooperation with others depends on shared use of social conventions, including turn-taking patterns, and forms of address that vary according to the degree of formality in social situations - ACELA1476
Use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volume - ACELY1792