James Fallon High School

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Welcome to the English Faculty

2019 English Faculty Teaching Staff:

  • Ms Kate Dixon – Head Teacher English/History
  • Ms Mikhalia Williams – Head Teacher Professional Learning
  • Mrs Jessica Alvey – Head Teacher Teaching & Learning
  • Mrs Ainsley Vigar – Head Teacher Profesional Practice
  • Mr Adam Donnelly – Year 9 Year Adviser
  • Ms Aimee Baldock
  • Ms Miriam O’Rance
  • Ms Kerry Rowan
  • Mr Patrick Devaney
  • Mr Michael DeMarzo
  • Mr Tristan Heron

English study is mandatory in NSW from Kindergarten to Year 12.

In English, students learn about the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected. Complexity increases as students progress through their schooling.

Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators; critical and imaginative thinkers; lifelong learners; and informed, active participants in Australian society. Their understanding of English through knowledge and skills acquisition is essential to their intellectual, social and emotional development.

The study of English should develop a love of literature and learning and be challenging and enjoyable. It develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active, independent and lifelong learners, to work with each other and to reflect on their learning.

In Year 11 and 12, the study of English is mandatory. Courses offered include:

  • English Extension 2
  • English Extension 1
  • English Advanced
  • English Standard
  • English Studies
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)
  • English Life Skills.

Language shapes our understanding of ourselves and our world, and is the primary means by which we relate to others. English is the study and use of the English language in various spoken, written and visual texts of varying complexity.

Skills, knowledge and understanding acquired in English are central to the learning and development of students at James Fallon High School. Developing proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers, lifelong learners and active participants in Australian society. It supports the development and expression of a set of personal values based on students’ understanding of moral, ethical and spiritual issues and gives expression to their hopes and ideals.

English develops skills to enable students to experiment with ideas and expression, to become active and independent learners.

Students learn English through the explicit teaching of language skills and through their experience of a diverse range of meaningful and increasingly demanding language experiences.

Through responding to and composing texts, students learn about the power, value and art of the English language for communication, knowledge and pleasure. They engage with and explore texts that include the literature of past and contemporary societies. They develop clear and precise skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing, and knowledge and understanding of language forms and features and structures of texts.

In their study of English, students develop their critical and imaginative faculties and broaden their cultural understanding. They examine the contexts of language usage to understand how meaning is shaped by a variety of social factors. As students’ command of English grows, they are able to question, assess, challenge and reformulate information and use creative and analytical language to clarify and solve problems. They become imaginative and confident users of information and communication technologies. These skills allow them to develop their control of language in ways that will help them in lifelong learning, in their careers and in life.