The aim of English “is to enable students to understand and use language effectively, appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the English language and to make meaning in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive, critical and powerful” (English K-10 Syllabus, Board of Studies, 2013. Pg 11).

Through responding to and composing a wide range of texts and through the close study of texts, students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in order to:

  1. communicate through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing
  2. use language to shape and make meaning according to purpose, audience and context
  3. think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical
  4. express themselves and their relationships with others and their world
  5. learn and reflect on their learning through their study of English


Students learning outcomes and content covers:

  • speaking & listening
  • writing & representing
  • handwriting and using digital technologies
  • reading and viewing
  • spelling
  • grammar, punctuation and vocabulary
  • thinking imaginatively and creatively
  • expressing themselves
  • reflecting on learning


In each Year students must study examples of:

  • spoken texts print texts
  • visual texts
  • media, multimedia and digital texts.


Across a stage of learning, the selection of texts must give students experience of:

  • texts which are widely regarded as quality literature
  • a widely defined Australian literature, including texts that give insights into Aboriginal experiences in Australia
  • a wide range of literary texts from other countries and times, including poetry, drama scripts, prose fiction and picture books
  • texts written about intercultural experiences
  • texts that provide insights about the peoples and cultures of Asia
  • everyday and community texts
  • a wide range of factual texts that present information, issues and ideas
  • texts that include aspects of environmental and social sustainability
  • an appropriate range of digital texts, including film, media and multimedia.

English K-10 Syllabus, Board of Studies, 2013. Pg 24

Below are some relevant sections of the English K-10 Syllabus document (2013)


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