In English, students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language and develop a sense of its
richness and its power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to
persuade, to entertain and to argue. English involves students in reading, viewing, writing,
comparing, researching and talking about texts.
Understanding texts and recognizing how language works within them is necessary for
success at school and beyond for an active, informed and fulfilling life in modern Australian
society and the global community. By understanding and working with texts, students
acquire the knowledge, skills and personal qualities that enable them to read, view and listen
critically and to think, speak and write clearly and confidently.
Students develop an understanding of the way purpose, audience and situation influence the
structures and features of language and learn to apply their knowledge in their reading,
writing, viewing, speaking and listening. Students learn to control language by applying their
understanding of the grammatical structures of English, by learning to spell accurately and
use punctuation effectively and by imitating good writers and speakers. Through oral
activities students enhance their communication skills as speakers and listeners.