Why English?

English is vital for communication. It provides the skills fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects.

More importantly, it is necessary for navigating the wider world. It takes pupils on amazing journeys and opens doors to places beyond their present experiences.

It challenges them to become independent and creative thinkers, through the modes of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and
  • Listening

Our students can develop an understanding of the human condition as well as a sense of personal responsibility.

How We Teach English

The English Domain here at Western Port Secondary College consists of a team of experienced and enthusiastic teachers. Catering for the needs of every student, we provide an imaginative curriculum, which is intended to encourage students to aspire to reach their potential in the study of language.

We believe in providing opportunities for this digitally-informed generation of students to use the technologies that they are so familiar with. Throughout our program, ICT is used to communicate and showcase students’ work in a wide variety of ways.

The basis of all English teaching is the study of texts. Our students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts, gaining access to the pleasure and world of knowledge that reading offers.

From day one, our students are immersed in a range of texts from our well-resourced Library. Participation in various reading programs is an important part of the English curriculum. Students are encouraged to challenge themselves by attempting to beat their Personal Best in the number of novels read each semester.

Excursions to twilight performances of Shakespearean plays performed in the Botanical Gardens are just another way our students “read” and enjoy classic texts outside the college.

Assistance For Students

Our Literacy Co-ordinator designs programs to meet the individual needs of students who have language difficulties. Throughout the semester, small groups of students meet in the Literacy Room and work toward improving their skills.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and students enjoy this very positive learning experience. Likewise, the needs of more able students are considered in the Learning Objectives across all levels. All students are challenged to move from their comfort zones, to step up to become more confident and competent users of the English language.

In the simple words of an unknown student “I need English now, and for the rest of my life.”

This sums up succinctly the importance we place on this subject here at Western Port Secondary College.