The English program is based around the four components of reading, writing, listening and speaking. These literacy skills are essential for success in all areas of learning. By building upon and extending the children's interests, they will develop an aptitude for learning and acquire the appropriate skills they need to become literate and articulate people. At our school the focus is on introducing students to formal schooling, to the world of texts, and to the ways in which language is used in making and responding to texts. Particular emphasis is placed on teaching students to use spoken language appropriately in many new formal and informal situations; expanding students' vocabularies in both spoken and written language; teaching reading and writing skills and strategies; introducing students to literature and teaching them how to relate it to their own experience and fostering critical perspectives on texts. Standards in the English domain are organised in three dimensions:
Speaking and Listening
The learning in these dimensions is interrelated. For example, speaking and listening contribute to the development of students' reading responses. Writing contributes to communication about texts read or viewed and to reflection and learning. To help support student progress in all three dimensions, learning contexts are diverse and include situations that are informal, formal, planned and spontaneous.
Reading: The reading component of the English program is designed to equip the children with the complex reading skills they require, while at the same time assisting them to develop a love of reading and an appreciation of good literature.
Writing: The writing component of the English program is aimed at enabling children to give expression to their thoughts and experiences in a free and imaginative manner, while at the same time providing them with the skills of correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and word usage.
Speaking and Listening: The speaking and listening component of the English program is aimed to enable children to develop their knowledge about the appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice. It also involves the development of active-listening strategies and an understanding of the conventions of different spoken texts including everyday communication, group discussion, formal presentations and speeches, storytelling and negotiating.