Learning Framework


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English offers exciting opportunities to explore how literature reflects our everyday lives, how we can escape to different worlds and learn about experiences beyond our own.

English in the Senior Years continues the diversity of practices started in the Middle Years. Students are encouraged to be reflective in order to foster critical thinking skills and allow for a broader understanding of the world.

Year 10

In Year 10, students maximise their learning experiences through engaging in the study of a wide range of Literature. They read classic texts, as well as contemporary representations of the views and values of society. Through ‘stepping into the shoes’ of others, students gain an appreciation of how the world has evolved and the important messages Literature conveys to us about humanity. It is the aim of English to instill a clear sense of justice and moral understanding and be respectful of differences and the range of cultural experiences that we are exposed to in our daily lives.

Students become discerning learners who look at how context and values inform and shape our understanding of characters, ideas and events. Close critical study of Shakespeare, Poetry, Drama, Novel and Film prepares students for their final Higher School Certificate (HSC) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program in English.

English as a Second Language students can enrol in Language and Literacy classes to assist in their understanding. Students in this course receive guidance and instructional lessons in the foundations of English.

Years 11–12

As students move into the HSC course or IB Diploma, they continue to experience a wide range of literature.

High School Certificate (HSC)

Ravenswood offers English Advanced, English Standard, English Extension 1, English Extension 2 and English as a Second Language in the HSC.

English Advanced

This course is designed for students who have a love of literature and who enjoy reading challenging texts and formulating independent insights, based on their knowledge of context and values. There is a compulsory study of Shakespeare, Poetry, Novel, Non-Fiction and Drama or Film.

English Standard

This course is designed for students who enjoy the study of texts, in order to formulate an understanding of how different perspectives of human nature are conveyed. They are provided support in developing their critical and creative skills, in order to become confident in expressing ideas about literature. Students will study a Novel, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama and or Film.

English Extension 1

This course is aimed at students who have a sophisticated understanding of literature and who enjoy critically questioning and reflecting upon the composer’s purpose. This course requires students to independently research literary theory and how these philosophical underpinnings influence the ideas and narrative framework of a piece of literature. It demands students to embrace learning opportunities which are challenging.

English Extension 2

This course is focused around students producing a Major Work. It is designed for students who are independent learners and who have an interest in a particular topic that they would like to pursue. The Major Work can be either creative or critical and must be validated through extensive investigation, which assists in developing this task.

English as a Second Language

This course is offered to students who have received five years or less of education instruction in English. The course is designed to allow students to experience English through a variety of texts and develop greater confidence in critical and creative writing. Students complete an Area of Study which requires them to study a range of texts focused on the concept of Discovery. Students are provided with support to develop their writing, listening, speaking and reading skills.

IB Diploma

The IB Diploma gives students a rigorous and holistic alternative to the HSC. Currently the English Literature course is offered, where students must study Works in Translation, Detailed Study of Literature, Genre Study plus a selection of Novels, Short Stories and Poetry. The IB Diploma offers students an opportunity to consider their place in the world and how context and values transcend cultural borders. The English course is offered at both Standard and Higher level.