English is a continuing focus in the Schools Strategic Plan at the Australian International Academy where a vital and exciting program is in action. We recognise that active and effective participation in Australian society depends on the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with confidence, purpose and enjoyment in a wide range of texts.

In English students are actively involved in reading, viewing, comparing and talking. They learn how language functions and how it both reflects and shapes social attitudes, assists students to gain a better understanding of themselves, their culture and the contemporary world.

At the Australian International Academy a dedicated literacy block in the mornings for students in the Early Years, enables students to establish firm foundation skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening.

A full time Literacy Coordinator assists both students and teachers in the development of essential skills.

Early Years

The purpose of English in the Early Years P-3 is to teach students to use spoken language effectively, expand vocabularies, teach reading and writing skills and strategies, fostering critical perspectives on texts and introducing students to literature. See Intervention for further information.

Middle Years

Students in the Middle Years 4 8,5consolidate and build on basic knowledge and skills. They are becoming independent readers and writers who can undertake structured activities with some autonomy. They gain:

  • The ability to speak, listen, read view and write with enjoyment, purpose and confidence in a wide range of contexts.
  • Knowledge of how language varies depending on context, purpose audience and content and the capacity to apply this knowledge.
  • Understanding of the linguistic patterns used to construct different texts.
  • A capacity to relate texts to aspects of contemporary society and personal experience.
  • The ability to discuss and analyse texts.
  • The capacity to develop reasoned arguments.

During this process students are monitored and assessed against the expectations of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards.