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English – Year 11, 11EG

In Year 11 English you will study a mixture of novels, short stories, poems and films. Activities that will help build your enjoyment of English language and literature may include: research, personal reading, close reading of texts, developing your presentation skills and various types of writing.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. The majority of assessment is in digital form, so access to a device is advantageous.

Pre-requisites: Year 10 English
It is recommended that you purchase the extended text that you study in class (approximately $25)

Leads to: Year 12 English

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

English: Literature – Year 12, 12EG

Year 12 English builds on the skills developed at Level 1, and continues to foster and develop your enjoyment of literature and the English language. You will study a mixture of film, novels, short stories and poems. Classes are co-taught in Pipitea, which allows us to help you develop confidence and independence through offering choice, both in learning opportunities and assessment.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. The majority of assessment is in digital form, so access to a device is advantageous.

Pre-requisites: Year 11 English
It is recommended that you purchase the extended text that you study in class (approximately $25)

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

English: Projects – Year 12, 12EGP

This is a combined Year 12 and 13 course that will focus on exploring your interests and passions via the key skills of English: language features, comprehension, critical thinking, and on helping you interact with and contribute to the wider world. This is a student-led course where you are in charge of your own learning. Your teachers are there to guide you rather than teach you content. You will be encouraged to work with others in the course to develop your abilities to present your learning across a range of media, to discuss it in detail and creatively and to express it accurately and in a way that is relevant to your audience. This course also allows you to develop your soft skills – learning better communication, organisation, adaptability, cooperation, etc. You may take this course for two years.

Assessment: You will have a personalised assessment programme. You will develop a portfolio of work from which evidence of achievement relevant to a range of internal achievement standards will be found.

Pre-requisites: Entry to this course is at the discretion of the HOD.
NB: Auckland University requires 17 credits in English across Level 2 and/or Level 3.

Leads to: Year 13 English or a second year in English Projects.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

English: Stories – Year 12, 12EGS

Do you feel that your experiences and the voices of your community are often missing or misrepresented in films, books and the media? English stories is a course designed to put your identity at the centre of your learning. This is a combined Year 12 and 13 course that will focus on exploring how stories shape who we are; our society, our country and our world. The course will encourage you to explore, discuss, critique, analyse and understand stories that have contributed to your own identity and our nation’s identity. We will also explore the importance of narratives for marginalised groups. The course will be underpinned by manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whakawhanaungatanga and rangatiratanga. You will participate in weekly hui which will allow you to develop your soft skills – learning better communication, organisation, adaptability, cooperation, etc. You may take this course for two years.

Assessment: You will have a personalised assessment programme. You will develop a portfolio of work from which evidence of achievement relevant to a range of internal achievement standards will be found.

Pre-requisites: Entry to this course is at the discretion of the HOD.
NB: Auckland University requires 17 credits in English across Level 2 and/or Level 3. Leads to: Year 13 English or a second year in English Stories.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

English: Literature – Year 13, 13EG

Year 13 English allows you to extend your study of English and deepen your appreciation of literature and language. The course focuses on in-depth studies of literature. This will give you an opportunity to take advantage of your strengths and develop your independence as a learner. The course is consciously structured to help you develop many of the skills needed to succeed at university or in the working world, including collaboration, research, and organisation, clarity of expression, self-motivation and independent thinking. As with Year 12 English, classes are co-taught in Pipitea. You will still be required to study a written, visual text in class, and practice unfamiliar text as a class.

Assessment: There are no compulsory standards at this level. A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered. You will decide how you want to be assessed. This may mean that you choose to be assessed entirely through internal assessment or have a mix of internal and external assessment. The majority of assessment is in digital form, so access to a device is advantageous.

Pre-requisites: At least 6 credits internally in Year 12 English and 4 credits in the external examination.
It is recommended that you purchase the extended text that you study in class (approximately $25)

Leads to: Tertiary study, or employment

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

English: Projects – Year 13, 13EGP

This is a combined Year 12 and 13 course that will focus on exploring your interests and passions via the key skills of English: language features, comprehension, critical thinking, and on helping you interact with and contribute to the wider world. This is a student-led course where you are in charge of your own learning. Your teachers are there to guide you rather than teach you content. You will be encouraged to work with others in the course to develop your abilities to present your learning across a range of media, to discuss it in detail and creatively and to express it accurately and in a way that is relevant to your audience. This course also allows you to develop your soft skills – learning better communication, organisation, adaptability, cooperation, etc. Connections with the local community will be facilitated to explore your interests further. You may take this course for two years.

Assessment: You will have a personalised assessment programme. You will develop a portfolio of work from which evidence of achievement relevant to a range of internal achievement standards will be found.

Pre-requisites: Entry to this course is at the discretion of the HOD and 14 credits of English.
NB: Auckland University requires 17 credits in English across Level 2 and/or Level 3.

Leads to: Tertiary study, or employment.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

English: Stories – Year 13, 13EGS

Do you feel that your experiences and the voices of your community are often missing or misrepresented in films, books and the media? English stories is a course designed to put your identity at the centre of your learning. This is a combined Year 12 and 13 course that will focus on exploring how stories shape who we are; our society, our country and our world. The course will encourage you to explore, discuss, critique, analyse and understand stories that have contributed to your own identity and our nation’s identity. We will also explore the importance of narratives for marginalised groups. The course will be underpinned by manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whakawhanaungatanga and māramatanga. You will participate in weekly hui which will allow you to develop your soft skills – learning better communication, organisation, adaptability, cooperation, etc.

Assessment: You will have a personalised assessment programme. You will develop a portfolio of work from which evidence of achievement relevant to a range of internal achievement standards will be found.

Pre-requisites: Year 11 English or Year 12 English
NB: Auckland University requires 17 credits in English across Level 2 and/or Level 3.

Leads to: Tertiary study, or employment.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

English Language Literacy – Year 11, 11ELL

This course is an alternative to English Year 11, for learners whose first language is not English. It follows a modified English programme based on internal and external English achievement standards. It allows English language learners to gain literacy credits in a supportive environment which develops their language skills and targets their individual progress in English. The context of the course is English literature.

Assessment: A mixture of internal and external assessment using English Achievement Standards will be offered in this course.

Pre-requisites: Nil

Leads to: Year 12 English Language Literacy or Year 12 English in the mainstream.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

English Language Literacy – Year 12, 12ELL

This course is an alternative to English Year 12, for learners whose first language is not English. It will strengthen your English language skills and allow you to gain the English literacy standards required for University Entrance. In this course you will learn how to: understand and use more complex English, respond orally with confidence and fluency, and develop an understanding of some of the more difficult aspects of the English language. It will be important to use this course to build your academic vocabulary and your ability to write clear, accurate and well-structured English.

Assessment: English Level 2 internal and external standards will be offered in this course.

Pre-requisites: The HOD English Language may advise you to take English Language 2 as well as this class.

Leads to: Year 13 Academic English or Year 13 English in the mainstream.

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

English Language 1 - EL1

This course will help you with the English language skills you will need to learn successfully at NCEA Level 1. You will build those skills through vocabulary and grammar work, a reading and writing programme based on English Language standards, and oral practice. You will gain confidence as a user of English and grow as an independent learner who knows how to gain meaning from texts and how to share your ideas in written and oral English.

Assessment: This course is fully internally assessed using Level 2 English Language Unit Standards.

Pre-requisites: Nil. The English Language department will accept students in the course after assessing their English language level.

Leads to: Year 12 English Language Literacy and English Language 2

Qualification available: NCEA Level 1

English Language 2 – EL2

This course concentrates on learning strategies which will help you to read different types of texts in English and to develop your vocabulary by learning new words linked to certain topics. It will also show you how to write accurate and well organised texts in English. You will practise some areas of English grammar, and spend some time improving your English pronunciation and oral fluency.

Assessment: This course is fully internally assessed using Level 3 English Language Unit Standards.

Pre-requisites: Nil. The English Language department will accept students in the course after assessing their English language level. Students doing 11 English Language Literacy or 12 English Language Literacy can also do this course.

Leads to: Year 12 English Language Literacy or Year 13 Academic English

Qualification available: NCEA Level 2

Academic English – Year 13, 13AE

This course prepares English language students who have already gained 10 UE literacy credits, for tertiary study. You will mainly focus on raising the academic level of your written English, analysing deeper meaning in more difficult reading texts, and making sure you can express yourself clearly and confidently in spoken English. It will be important that you work at building a good store of academic English words which you will need for university or other tertiary study. It will also help you to become a really independent learner in English so you can leave prepared for the English language demands of university study.

Assessment: This course is fully internally assessed using Level 3 English for Academic Purposes Standards, English and Communications Skills standards as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Level 2 UE literacy

Note: This subject is not on the approved list for University Entrance

Qualification available: NCEA Level 3

English Language Literacy – Year 13, 13ELL

This course is for English language learners and provides you with further opportunities to gain credits for university entrance literacy if you need them. It will help you develop your reading and writing skills in English to a higher level. Attention will also be paid to building confidence and fluency when you are using oral English. Vocabulary and grammar extension will be part of the course too.

Assessment: a combination of English internal and external Achievement Standards and English Language standards at Level 3 and Communication Skills standards as appropriate.

Pre-requisites: You must have completed the 12 English Language Literacy course

Note: This subject is not on the approved list for University Entrance

Qualification available: NCEA Levels 2 & 3