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At The Gap State High School students focus on developing their understanding of English and how to use it accurately, appropriately and effectively for a variety of purposes and different audiences. English offers students opportunities to enjoy language and be empowered as purposeful, creative and critical language users who understand how texts can convey and transform personal and cultural perspectives.

In Year 11 and 12 English, students will learn to:

  • communicate effectively in Standard Australian English for a range of social and cultural purposes and audiences
  • enjoy and appreciate a range of texts, including Australian texts
  • study closely a range of literary and non-literary works in English, in various types of texts, modes and mediums across diverse cultures and periods
  • interpret, analyse, evaluate, respond to and create a wide range of texts through reading, listening, viewing, speaking, writing and designing
  • make choices about generic structures, language, textual features and technologies to best convey intended meaning in the most appropriate medium and genre
  • control language (written, spoken/signed and visual) using grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and spelling.


English at senior level is a Queensland Studies Authority subject suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond Year 12 that lead to work, vocational education or particularly tertiary studies.

In Year 10 all units studied embody the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. Students who revealed an aptitude for this subject may be offered a position in the Extension class.

In junior English all units in Years 7, 8 and 9 are based on the Australian Curriculum. While Year 7 provides all students with a common experience of English, at the Year 8 and 9 levels students who have revealed an aptitude for this subject may be offered a position in the extension class.


How is English assessed?

Various techniques, both written and spoken, are used to evaluate students’ progress. 

The spoken tasks may include:

  • Speaking performances with a public purpose e.g. debating, in character presentations, persuasive speech etc.

  • Live/recorded speaking performances e.g. thematic slide/PowerPoint presentation;

  • Literary/artistic speaking performances e.g. dramatic interview in role as character from novel, play or poem.

The written tasks may include:

  • Literary/personal pieces e.g. writing a short story;

  • Factual, non-literary pieces/media productions, articles e.g. writing a newspaper editorial;

  • Responses to literature, including prose/poetry/drama e.g. essay comparing a novel with its film;

  • Responses to literature that have an indigenous or Asian perspective.

Certain written tasks must be undertaken under conditions which allow the teacher to confirm the authorship of all work submitted by the student.