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.