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The study of English enables students to take their place as confident, articulate communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers and active participants in society. At Evans High School, the English faculty is dedicated to developing students' love of literature and writing and to ensure that students find their studies both challenging and enjoyable. Throughout Stages 4-6, students engage in dynamic and innovative learning opportunities that ensure the development of key literacy and critical thinking skills designed to optimise their future success in their career and life paths.

Course overview

English involves the study of ideas and how they are communicated, encompassing a wide variety of written, spoken, visual and multimodal texts. Students develop skills in identifying, analysing and interpreting meaning in texts and how it is represented or conveyed through literary, language, visual and multimodal techniques. Through studying a diverse range of engaging texts relevant to students’ experiences in our contemporary global society, along with a wide reading program starting in Year 7, students learn to develop a love of literature and ideas.


The teachers in the English faculty are committed to providing dynamic and engaging learning opportunities for students of English, and recognise that excursions and incursions are an excellent way of supplementing the content taught in the classroom. To enhance students' appreciation of Shakespearean drama, each year the staff endeavour to arrange for students to see performances of the plays being studied. In 2016, Year 9 enjoyed an incursion where they saw a performance of Macbeth by Bell Shakespeare and from 2005 until now, the English Faculty have engaged in the Theatre Enrichment Program and the Priority Schools Program with Belvoir St Theatre which has provided our students with access to Contemporary theatre performances and workshops for free.

English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their 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 Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.