The English Learning Area at Albany Senior High School aims to offer all students the opportunity to develop language competence and confidence whilst extending their literary knowledge. Students are encouraged to become critical readers, viewers and communicators so that they may stand as independent and informed members of our community.
We are proud of our tradition of assisting students in their language development through a range of specialised courses. Our aim is to extend those for whom English is a passion, and guide those for whom the subject is a challenge, towards 'personal best' achievement. Course pathways are designed to cater for individual needs and equip students with language skills essential for an enriched life beyond school.
We also have an enviable track record in preparing ATAR English and Literature students for success in external examinations leading to tertiary entrance. Our students perform consistently well by state standards and this is testimony to the positive working relationships established at classroom level. But...of course university is not our only exit door!
We also 'open doors' to further study at TAFE and/or direct entry to the workplace. A strong focus is maintained on preparing students in Stage 1 vocational pathways by supporting them to develop their functional communication skills in reading, writing and speaking.
English...where opportunity knocks!
English Literacy Support
Through the English Department, we run Literacy Support classes for students in Years 7 and 8 who are identified as being in need of extra support in reading and writing. These classes are small in size and are staffed by an English teacher and full-time Education Assistant. Students benefit from various targeted intervention strategies that are recommended by the School of Special Educational Needs. Pastoral care and social skills development are a focus in these classes and these complement our academic goals.