The English Department is primarily responsible for the continuing development of the literacy, language and literary skills of the students of the College. Through their study of English at The Cathedral College, students develop aptitude in their language use and sophistication in their thinking.

Literacy in and for the 21st century, requires engagement with a diverse range of texts from canonical classics to digital narratives. Students in English subjects improve the capacity not only to think, write and speak with precision and clarity, but to use vastly different textual sources and forms in creative and imaginative ways. Inherent in developing clear and effective communication is our need to develop an appreciation for our cultural heritage as contained in all types of literature over time both in English and as translated from other cultures. English as our prime means of communications makes all career paths available but, in particular, suggests careers in Humanities based areas such as teaching, creative writing, journalism, literary studies, linguistics, social media, sociology, psychology, philosophy and many more.

Years 7, 8 and 9 are based on the Australian Curriculum: English. The Year 7-9 Junior English Program at the College focusses on explicit literacy instruction, collaborative and active learning, reading for pleasure, digital and visual literacies and a reduced assessment load. We  offer extra support for students with needs in Years 7-9 Foundation English classes, and also provide challenges for our Year 9 Specialist English class.

Year 10 students can tailor their learning pathways by studying either English, Essential English, or Specialist English.  While based on the Australian Curriculum: English, we also prepare students for the Senior English programs in Years 11 and 12. 

The suite of Senior English subjects at the college currently include Essential English (Applied); English (General); Literature (General);  and in 2020, English and Literature Extension (General - Year 12 only).  A student may choose to study either, or both, English and Literature.  They must study at least one of these subjects to enrol in Extension in Year 12.  Here students engage with texts at a level that demands sophisticated higher ordering thinking skills as they use a wide range of challenging contemporary theoretical approaches to literary texts.

The English Department’s belief in the importance of public speaking as an essential tool for life has established a proud record in many community speaking competitions. We welcome all members of our college community to attend our annual Junior and Senior Oratory competitions in May and July. 



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