The English curriculum reflects the cyclic and cumulative nature of English language learning. Achievement of the outcomes in each of the strands reflects students’ increasing maturity and capacity to respond to the content of English – the texts spoken, read, viewed and written. The English learning areas are organized into three strands: reading/literature, writing, speaking and listening.
- the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with enjoyment, purpose, effect and confidence in a wide range of contexts;
- a knowledge of the ways in which language varies according to context, purpose, audience and conent, and the capacity to apply this knowledge;
- a knowledge of linguistic patterns used to construct different texts, and the capacity to apply this knowledge, especially in writing;
- the capacity to discuss and analyze texts critically; and the capacity to develop reasoned arguments about interpretation and meaning.