English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.
Students learn about the English language through written, spoken and visual texts of increasing complexity as they progress through their schooling.
An understanding of the English language is central to how we communicate and essential for intellectual, social and emotional development.
The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.
In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:
- English Advanced
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
- English Extension 1
- English Extension 2
- English Standard
- English Studies.
The English faculty consists of teachers with wide ranging experience, enabling us to deliver the full spectrum of English courses to meet the learning needs and interests of all the students at Illawarra Sports High School.
We offer the entire range of HSC courses, from Extension 2, where talented writers compose their own original manuscripts for the HSC; to English Studies, where students who are not looking for University entrance can engage in consolidating their core literacy skills, and access wide range of dynamic literary texts.
In English, we strive to encourage all students to follow their passion and deepen their learning by offering extra- curricular activities. We coach the debating teams and talented public speakers for a range of competitions.
The English Faculty and Illawarra Sports High School has provided the opportunity for Advanced English students to attend a six month creative writing course with the Illawarra Writers Centre, by subsidising part of the cost.