English and EALD at Glenunga International High School focuses on the development of highly effective literacy skills. As our students come from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, significant support is provided for students to develop the English language proficiency required to compete effectively in Year 12 and beyond. English/EAL teachers view their work with students as a partnership in learning.
English/EAL teachers prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century by using a range of pedagogical strategies that Personalise learning for our students. Our assessment practices constantly monitor student progress and we use technology (Virtual Learning Environment or VLEs) to enhance face to face learning. Explicit instruction outside of class is supported by collaborative problem solving in class. We focus on developing the 4 Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Creative and Critical Thinking – in our students which are skills that transcend all subject disciplines and reflect the demands of the real world. Our tasks wherever possible reflect student experience and contemporary issues. We select our texts and topics to ensure that students are challenged to evaluate complex ideas and to experience strong language models. Through the study of language, novels, film, play and poetry students expand their language skills and their intellectual understandings. Literacy is developed using a Functional Grammar model.
The English/EAL curriculum is derived from the Australian Curriculum in middle school and the SACE or IB Diploma in senior school. In senior school, EAL is available as a separate subject for eligible students. From Year 10 to 12 three English Pathways are available offering a combination of study in literature, literacy and language.
An essential aspect of our curriculum is developing the school Value of International Mindedness. We select units of work and texts that reflect global issues or universal human problems and through learning processes enable our students to understand their place in a complex, rapidly changing world where identity and culture are paramount.
For more information on the range of subject choices, please refer to our Curriculum Guide.