11 English

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. McKenzie-Downey

The course is designed to foster the enjoyment of literature, develop critical thinking, build literacy skills, and promote confident self-expression.

The course is structured around at least 3 of the 4 guiding topics:

  • Social Inquiry - investigating topical issues
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Get me started!
  • Aotearoa New Zealand

Teachers may also choose one thematic topic to fit their own and their students' interests. Each topic provides the opportunity for students to engage with a range of literary texts - class studied and own choice, research and explore non-fiction resources, experiment with and develop writing in a range of styles for specific purposes, build confidence with oral and visual language, and respond to topics and ideas with from their own point of view.

Students also complete an NCEA assessment in English via the Making Connections internal. 

Learning Areas:


Assessment Policy & Procedures

12 English, 12 English (Foundation), 12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), 12 Media Studies

This common course leads onto Year 12 English, English Foundation and Media Studies. We also hope to encourage a lifelong interest in literature and ideas, and develop the communication and critical thinking skills that underpin many careers.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$10 for Poetry in Action performance (schedule permitting - tbc)


We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.