Stage 5 - English

Course Description

English is the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts of varying complexity through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected.

In acknowledgement of its role as the national language, English is the mandatory subject from Kindergarten to Year 12 in the NSW curriculum. Skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in English are central to the learning and development of students in NSW.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, lifelong learners and active participants in Australian society. It supports the development and expression of a system of personal values based on students’ understanding of
moral, ethical and spiritual matters and gives expression to their hopes and ideals.


Students learn English through explicit teaching of language and through their immersion in a diverse range of purposeful and increasingly demanding language experiences. They develop clear and precise skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing, and knowledge and understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts. These skills allow them to develop their control of language in ways that will help them in lifelong learning, in their careers and in life.

Assessment Summary

Teachers of English will provide students with opportunities in the context of everyday classroom activities, as well as planned assessment events, to demonstrate their learning.