English is the Key Learning Area (KLA) where students develop literacy skills to understand and use language effectively. 

Students learn to appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the English language and make meaning in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive, critical and powerful.

The syllabus outcomes are arranged in three strands:

  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading and Viewing
  • Writing and Representing

Our English program teaches students to comprehend texts through listening, reading and viewing; and to compose texts through speaking, writing and creating. Students have opportunities to:

  • develop knowledge, skills and understandings about English language by engaging with quality literature
  • use a range of strategies to comprehend, interpret and analyse texts  
  • compose well-structured, coherent texts for a purpose and audience
  • create and interpret a range of digital and visual texts
  • learn about grammar and spelling conventions
  • speak confidently and listen strategically
  • develop their enjoyment, confidence and independence as language users and learners
  • develop their competence in learning and using language in a broad range of contexts


Our whole school Public Speaking Competition is an additional opportunity for all students to develop competency in speaking and listening. They learn to communicate effectively, using considered language to entertain, inform and persuade audiences for an increasing range of purposes. Students prepare, practise and deliver effective presentations using various skills and strategies. This event is celebrated annually at Maria Regina. 

While much of the explicit teaching of literacy occurs in our English learning area, literacy is strengthened, made specific and extended in other Key Learning Areas as our students engage in a range of learning activities.


NESA English Syllabus