Mr Stan May- Head of English

At Mercy College, the study of English assists students to develop an appreciation of language, and to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. Through the interpretation of fiction and non-fiction, as well as genres such as poetry, drama and film, students are exposed to conventions of text production. Students are encouraged to develop their own informed impressions, and to share these opinions confidently with their peers.

Language plays a central role in human life: it provides a vehicle for communication, a tool for thinking, a means of creativity and a source of pleasure. In the English course, through the use of oral, written and visual communication texts, students examine the relationship between language and power, and learn how to become competent, reflective, adaptable and critical users of language. Students learn about the English language, how it works and how to use it effectively.

Students are encouraged to develop the ability to write in ways appropriate to various situations, and to become confident with many different modes of presentation, including oral presentations, formal debates and panel discussions. In addition, students are given structured opportunities to develop skills of study and research, so that they will become independent learners.

The aim of the English Learning Area at Mercy College is to provide the best possible teaching and learning experiences in this dynamic area. Students will be given various opportunities to participate actively in English programmes which will prepare them for their next phase of education and which will assist them in interacting with our language-mediated world.

English in Year 7-10

In Years Seven, Eight, Nine and Ten, English lessons fully engage with The Australian Curriculum. The English Curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

English in Year 11 and 12

In Years Eleven and Twelve, students may elect different courses depending upon their future aspirations and previous academic success. Courses available are:

English ATAR, General, Foundation

Literature ATAR

English as an Additional Language or Dialect (for those students who qualify) ATAR, General