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NCEA LEVEL 1

ACADEMIC ENGLISH: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course Description:

How do we overcome the obstacles in our lives? What does it take to rise to the top? Does success mean the same thing for everyone?

In this level one course you will develop your reading, writing, thinking and presenting skills by studying a range of different texts that focus on success and sacrifice. The course will make you think about the challenges you face every day, and how you go about confronting them.

Possible Pathways:

This course leads to the senior academic English courses which will provide entry to University and other tertiary courses. The skills and knowledge provided will underpin all learning.

NCEA credits available: 28

This Level 1 English course offers both internal and external standards. Any 10 English credits will meet the requirements for Level 1 Literacy.

Exclusions:

Entry is open to Year 11 students who are achieving at, or close to NZC Level 4,5 and 6.


FOUNDATIONAL ENGLISH: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course Description:

Listening, reading, and viewing. Speaking, writing and presenting.These are the building blocks of English and the ability to do these well will be important no matter what learning path you go down. You will study a range of different texts that contain themes relevant to you. This course will suit you if you want expert help to develop your language skills and confidence in English.

Possible Pathways:

This theme Responsive course leads to Level 2 English for Employment. It will provide you with a grasp of English skills and knowledge which will underpin all cross-curricular learning.

NCEA credits available: 19

This Level 1 English course offers internal standards only. It will be a mix of Unit and Achievement Standards dependent on your requirements. Any 10 English credits will meet the requirements for Level 1 Literacy.

Exclusions:

Entry is open to Year 11 students who are achieving at NZC Level 2 and 3.


ENGLISH THROUGH EXERCISE: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course Description:

Success, commitment, and perseverance are terms heavily linked with sport and Physical Education. Yet, from Rocky to Remember the Titans, these ideas are also found in a number of books and movies studied in English. The purpose of this course is to engage you in literacy through Physical Education and Sport. There will be integrated units and, where possible, integrated assessments with the Physical Education learning area. The course will use sport as a context for learning to enhance your achievement. It is a full English course offering both unit and achievement standards.

Possible Pathways:

This course will lead into either English course at Level 2.

NCEA credits available:

28 English Credits

Exclusions:

Entry is open to any year 11 student.


NCEA LEVEL 2 and 3

ACADEMIC ENGLISH: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course Description:

Why are morals and ethics unreliable? Are people in positions of power reliable moral guides? Why do we often scapegoat others for our own failings?

These hypothetical questions will all be answered as you study a range of texts which prompt you to think about your world, and the people in it. This academic course will allow you to understand how the creators of texts use craft to make you think a certain way. You will continue to enhance your reading, writing, thinking and presenting skills by focusing on themes relevant to you.

Possible Pathways:

This course leads to L3 Academic English. It opens up the University pathway and other tertiary courses. The skills provided will underpin all cross-curricular learning.

NCEA credits available: 26

This theme Responsive course is a Level 2 English Academic course offering a range of both internal and external standards, as well as UE literacy.

Exclusions:

Unless exempted by the English LAH, you will need 14 credits from Level 1 English. At least one external standard needs to have been achieved in the external NCEA examinations.


ENGLISH FOR EMPLOYMENT: NCEA LEVEL 2/3

Course Description:

What does a lawyer, journalist, builder and teacher have in common? Skills and knowledge developed and learned in an English classroom. This is a course focused on texts and themes that will allow you to study issues that affect you. Along the way you will develop skills that will be important for you not matter what employment path you go down. You will produce a range of written and oral work in a course tailor-made to suit your ability.

Possible Pathways:

This course develops the thinking and language skills which will be required in tertiary courses. However, it will not provide Level 2 UE Literacy. 

NCEA credits available: 21

The course will offer English and cross-curricular internal standards. The standards will be a mix of unit and achievement standards dependent on student requirements.

Exclusions:

The course is open to year 12 students who would like to take English at Level 2.However, students should have achieved Level 1 Literacy.


ACADEMIC ENGLISH: NCEA LEVEL 3

Course Description:

How do Harry, Ron and Hermione fit Sigmund Freud’s tripartite model? Who decided that girls like pink, and that boys like blue? Why is English more than just books written by dead, white men?

In Level 3 English, you’ll learn how to see texts in a new light by viewing them through critical lenses. You’ll continue to learn how to think, present, read and write critically and creatively.

Possible Pathways:

This course opens up the University pathway and other tertiary courses. It is a Uni-versity domain subject with a focus on developing academic critical thinking andhigh level language skills. For those year 13 students who would still like to takeEnglish, you are more than welcome to choose this class. You will be provided with

a non-University entrance pathway.

NCEA credits available: 25

This course offers a full range of both internal and external standards, as well as UE literacy.

Exclusions:

It is preferable that’ students will have 14 credits from Level 2 English, and haveachieved one external standard. However, exemptions can be granted into thiscourse based on a conversation with the Head of the English Learning Area.


TE REO MĀORI

TE REO MĀORI: NCEA LEVEL 1

Course description:

In this course, you will learn to write clearly in Māori in a variety of forms, to convey your thoughts accurately on a number of topics, and to use sentence patterns and vocabulary (up to level 6 of the curriculum). You will learn to speak Maori with accurate pronunciation and intonation. You will also continue to learn and develop your knowledge in tikanga Maori and participate in cultural practices to enhance your learning in Te Reo Maori.

Possible pathways:

Te Reo Māori is a UE approved subject and could lead to a range of careers e.g. Interpreter, Teacher, Policy Analyst, Diplomat, Researcher, Journalism

NCEA credits available: Students can gain a total of 30 credits. A Merit or Excellence endorsement is possible.

Exclusions: None 


TE REO MĀORI: NCEA LEVEL 2

Course description:

This course extends written, spoken, listening and reading skills acquired from NCEA Level 1 Te Reo Māori and aims to extend knowledge and understanding of the Maori world. You will continue to develop your knowledge in Te Reo Māori by participating and practicing a number of tikanga to enhance your learning. The course covers topics such as Hui Māori , Hakinakina, Purakau and Nga Kaupapa Rangatahi.

Possible pathways: Te Reo Māori is a UE approved subject and could lead to a range of careers e.g. Interpreter, Teacher, Policy Analyst, Diplomat, Researcher, Journalism.

NCEA credits available: Students can gain a total of 28 credits. A Merit or Excellence endorsement is possible.

Exclusions: Students must complete NCEA Level 1 or be assessed by the LAH. 


TE REO MĀORI: NCEA LEVEL 3

Course description:

In this course, aims at developing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Te Reo Māori . It also aims to extend the students understanding of Ngai Tikanga Māori (Māori culture) and Te Ao Māori (the Māori world). The course covers topics such as kawa, waiata tawhito me nga take Māori i roto i te ao hurihuri. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of tikanga and Te Reo Māori.

Possible pathways:

Te Reo Māori is a UE approved subject and could lead to a range of careers eg. Interpreter, Teacher, Policy Analyst, Diplomat, Researcher, Journalism.

NCEA credits available: Students can gain a total of 28 credits. A Merit or Excellence endorsement is possible.

Exclusions: Students must complete NCEA Level 2 or be assessed by the LAH. 


ESOL: NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3

Course description:

This course is for students where English is their second language. It is aimed at helping students develop their English skills and supporting them with their other subjects. Students will be interviewed. Assessments will reflect the student’s level.

Possible pathways: ESOL helps develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills which will help students with their further study and career pathway.

NCEA credits available: NCEA credits available up to 30 (US) credits at different levels (depends on student).

Exclusions: For ESOL students only