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The study of English at Trinity is fundamental to fostering our students’ understanding of themselves and the world. In the senior years, students have the opportunity to study more than one English course, depending upon their needs, abilities and interests. All Board of Studies courses are currently offered, including HSC English Extension 2.

The Faculty has continued to place an emphasis on literacy skills using language texts in Years 7, 8 and 9. Regular wide reading is undertaken and student reading habits are developed and monitored.

Senior Courses:

English (Advanced) is designed for students who have achieved strong results in English in Year 10 and who wish to pursue the subject at a challenging level. A genuine enjoyment of reading, discussion and writing is necessary to complete this course successfully.

English (Extension 1u) is for those who enjoy English and have demonstrated high achievement in the subject. In this elective students explore how and why texts are valued in and adapted into a range of different contexts, cultures and times. Students will consider why some texts are perceived as significant and others are not and how values are transmitted through texts.

English (Fundamentals) is a 1 or 2 unit course designed to help students reach the level of literacy required to complete the Standard English or English Studies course and their other courses across the curriculum. The emphasis of the course is on reading and writings with specific teaching of skills in spelling, punctuation, grammar and writing for various purposes.

English (Standard) is designed for the majority of candidates. Texts studied will include fiction, drama, poetry, film, media and non- fiction materials. The emphasis is very much on developing the skills of interpretation and on developing one’s competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Reading is an important element of this course, and students must be prepared to spend at least 2 hours per week reading in their own time, as well as reading specified texts for English.

English Studies supports students in developing proficiency in English to enhance their personal, social and vocational lives. It offers a comprehensive language experience that is reflected in the modes of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and representing. This course provides diverse approaches to texts so that students may become flexible and critical thinkers, capable of engaging with, understanding, contributing to and appreciating the variety of cultural heritages and differences that make up Australian society and society more broadly. The emphasis is very much on developing the skills of investigation and analysis required for adult life, including the world of work as well as post-school training and education.