English is the study, use, and enjoyment of the English language and its literature, communicated orally, visually, and in writing, for a range of purposes and audiences and in a variety of forms.
By understanding how language works students are equipped to make appropriate language choices and apply them in a range of contexts. By studying English at Waimate High School students will learn to analyse texts in order to understand the power that language has to enrich and shape their own and others’ lives.
The literacy skills students develop in the study of English will give them access to the understanding, knowledge, and skills they need to participate fully in the social, cultural, political, and economic life of New Zealand and the wider world. To be successful participants, they need to be effective oral, written, and visual communicators who are able to think critically and in-depth.
Students will learn to appreciate and enjoy texts in all their forms and gain a better understanding of how the literature of Aotearoa New Zealand, the literature of the Pacific, and world literature contribute to their developing sense of identity, their awareness of Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique heritage, and their understanding of the world.
Understanding, using, and creating oral, written, and visual texts of increasing complexity is at the heart of English teaching and learning. By engaging with text-based activities students will become skilled and sophisticated speakers, listeners, writers, readers, presenters, and viewers.
Student units of work may include novels, short stories, poems, articles, podcasts, films, TV programmes, static images, speech transcripts and websites. The contexts in which students learn are flexible. Teachers will spend time at the start of the year getting to know their students’ strengths and weaknesses and use this to plan which texts will best suit the interests and needs of their students.