It is a BSSS requirement that all students complete a course in English (English T, Essential English A/M, Literature T or EAL A/T).
English T is for students who wish to continue their studies at university level. To study at this level, students should have successfully completed Level 1 or 2 English at high school. Assessment tasks ask students to respond, create and investigate, commonly but not exclusively in the form of essays, creative responses and oral presentations.
The study of English develops students’ ability to become effective users of language and producers of texts. English T focuses on developing evaluative, analytical, and creative thinking skills through a study of a diverse range of texts.
Literature is best suited to strong students who are keen readers, with a genuine interest in the examination of complex, challenging literary texts. It is suitable for those students interested in pursuing literary studies beyond college. Literature can be combined with English T in a major, or to achieve a major minor or double major.
Literature fosters an appreciation for the power of language through study of literary texts, and develops students as independent, innovative and creative learners and thinkers. Students explore how literary texts from the past and present, from Australia and other cultures, shape our perceptions of the world. They actively participate in detailed evidence-based literary analysis and in the creation of imaginative texts, inquiring into the relationships between authors, audiences, contexts, attitudes and values.
The English/Literature course allows students to combine units from the English T and Literature T courses to achieve an English/Literature minor, major, major minor or double major. English and Literature units are cognitively similar. The key
difference is in the range and type of texts studied. Literature units focus predominantly on literary texts; English units cover a wider range of text types.
Students may move between English and Literature or study both courses concurrently. English/Literature T gives students a broad experience of English and suits students who intend to continue their studies at university level.
Essential English (A/M)
The Essential English course is for students who wish to undertake a practical English course. It is designed to develop students’ language, literature and literacy skills, which enable them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and applied learning contexts including further education, training and the workplace.
Essential English is for students who may not wish to continue their studies at university level. Assessment tasks ask students to respond, create and investigate, commonly but not exclusively in the form of essays, creative responses and oral presentations. This course aims to provide students with skills that will empower them to succeed in a wide range of post-secondary pathways.
EAL- English as an Additional Language (A/T) (previously ESL)
The EAL course is designed for students whose understanding and effective use of Standard Australian English is still developing. EAL is of equal value and rigour to all other English courses, with an emphasis on developing academic English skills.
An explicit teaching of structure, language and social/cultural aspects of Standard Australian English benefits EAL students in their studies across all curriculum areas and for future study and work. It also assists students to engage effectively with the college and wider Australian community.
EAL students explore how learning in and through English language and literature influences social and cultural identities and ways of thinking. They develop skills to use different registers of spoken and written English, so they can communicate effectively in a range of situations and for different purposes.
EAL- English as an Additional Language – Bridging (A)
The Bridging EAL course assists students who are new to Australia to build their knowledge, understanding and skills in using Standard Australian English. With a focus on language and literacy, Bridging EAL provides a foundation for work, training or further study.
The course is designed for students who are in the early stages of English language acquisition and need assistance to develop their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing English. It has a focus on communication skills. Hawker College EAL students may study Bridging EAL A in addition to EAL T/A to maximise their English language development.