Corowa High School

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Developing critical thinking skills & experiencing History

Our English-History faculty offer an array of opportunities for students to develop their skills in reading, responding and critical thinking. Our students are engaged through considered and through provoking teaching and learning programs and are provided with opportunities to develop their understanding of the world beyond our school walls.

In English, students study a wide range of texts, including novels, films, play scripts, website and other informative texts. As the only subject that is compulsory throughout a students' education, English provides an important opportunity for skill development and critical literacy. Our teaching and learning programs are developed to encourage students to engage thoughtfully with texts, asking questions about who, where and why these texts were constructed.

In History, students explore a range of societies and individuals. They are given opportunities to study historical artefacts, explore ancient and modern societies and study the human journey from its ancient origins to the present.

Students are encouraged to 'experience' History through simulated experiences such as mummy wrapping lessons, ancient world trading games, excursions and event a simulated archaeological dig. Furthermore, virtual reality technology is used to transport students to historical sites, providing an opportunity to engage in fully immersive 360 degree guided tours of places such as Machu Pichu and Pompeii.

Stage 5 students may also choose to undertake the leadership elective, a course designed to develop students' sense of social awareness and their capacity for leadership within the school, as well as in the community. Students are engaged in coordinating whole school events and initiatives and they are provided with opportunities for personal development through targeted content based on positive leadership.

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.