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At St Joseph’s study of English enables students to learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. It helps them become confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens.

The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s linguistically and culturally diverse future.


The English Curriculum Covers; Reading and Viewing, Speaking and Listening and Writing




The English curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose

  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue

  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning

  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

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