The study of English enables students to develop and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of ICT in their composing, responding and presenting, and as part of the imaginative and critical thinking they undertake in English.
Students have the opportunity to become competent, discriminating and creative users of ICT as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating ideas and information. Students will learn about the ethics of information communication through technology.
Students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to understand their own identity in relation to others from different cultures and backgrounds.
The study of English offers rich opportunities for intercultural understanding and exchange. Students experience a range of literature from different cultures, including the inscriptional and oral narrative traditions of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as the contemporary literature of these two cultural groups. They also read classic and contemporary world literature, including texts from and about Asia.
[Literacy is embedded throughout the English K–10 Syllabus. It relates to a high proportion of the content descriptions across K–10. Consequently, this particular general capability is not tagged in this syllabus.]
Literacy is the ability to use a repertoire of knowledge and skills to communicate and comprehend effectively in a wide variety of contexts, modes and media. Literacy knowledge and skills provide students with the foundations for current and future learning and for participation in the workplace and wider society. The knowledge and skills also provide opportunities for personal enrichment through social interaction, further education, training and skilled employment and a range of cultural pursuits, including engagement with literature and the arts. Literacy knowledge and skills also enable students to better understand and negotiate the world in which they live and to contribute to a democratic society through becoming ethical and informed citizens.
Being 'literate' is more than the acquisition of technical skills: it includes the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create and communicate purposefully using written, visual and digital forms of expression and communication for a number of purposes in different contexts. The English learning area has a particular role in developing literacy because of its inherent focus on language and meaning. However, all curriculum areas have a responsibility for the general literacy requirements of students as they construct meaning for themselves and others.
The established functions of speaking and listening, reading and writing, and viewing and representing remain central to being literate together with literacy demands related to a range of visual and multimodal texts, as well as those that have evolved from the growth of digital technologies. Students today need the knowledge and skills required for judicious use of these technologies and to question, challenge and evaluate the role of these technologies and the wider implications of their use for contemporary society.
The study of English provides opportunities for students to develop their skills in numeracy by identifying and using numerical, measurement, spatial, graphical and statistical concepts and skills. Students strengthen their understanding of how issues and points of view that are based on data are represented in texts by developing their skills to identify, analyse and synthesise numerical information as they respond to the reliability of sources and methodology.
Personal and social capability
Students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand and manage themselves, their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. There are many opportunities for students to develop personal and social capability in English. The study of English helps them to identify and express their own opinions, beliefs and responses and to interact confidently and appropriately in a range of social contexts. English provides students with opportunities to reflect on their own and others' learning and to assess and adapt their individual and collaborative skills for learning with increasing independence and effectiveness.
Civics and citizenship
Civics and citizenship content involves knowledge and understanding of how our Australian society operates. In their study of English, students demonstrate their active participation by considering how civic issues are represented in the public arena, the socially responsible construction and use of media, and the representation of Australian images and significant Australians.
Difference and diversity
Students experience and value difference and diversity in their everyday lives. Age, beliefs, gender, language and race are some of the factors that comprise difference and diversity. English provides students with opportunities to deal with difference and diversity in a positive and informed manner, showing awareness, understanding and acceptance. It assists them to develop and express their sense of self, to connect with other people and communities and to understand the features of a fair and just society that values diversity. Through the study of texts from a range of perspectives, countries and times, English develops students' understanding of others and builds empathy for individual differences.
Work and enterprise
English provides opportunities for students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills required in the workplace and to develop values and attitudes about work. English develops many of the key skills required for effective participation in work environments, including literacy, working in groups and skills in acquiring, processing, assessing and communicating information, both orally and in a variety of written forms. Through the study of English, students also develop an understanding of the ways in which language is used for particular audiences, purposes and contexts. Additionally, the study of texts with workplace contexts expands students' understanding of the world of work. The communication skills developed through the study of English provide a platform for students to undertake future vocational education and training.