English

Mr R Koster —

The following are available for study in 2019

11 English:   11Ena   Full Year

Course Description: This course is an extension course of  exploring the depth and breadth of English literature at an accelerated pace. This course provides students the opportunity to study towards English examinations and provides them with the analytical skills required to experience success in English & Humanities based scholarship examinations in Year 12 & Year 13. 

Recommended Entry Criteria: This course is restricted to the 20 top students who have completed the 10Ena course or by recognition from the Director of Gifted & Talented based on the 10Enb course and examination work. 

Qualifications to be gained:  At the end of Year 11, students will sit the  NCEA English Literature examinations. 

Level 1 Literacy Credits

Next step: 12Ena as a specialist class to achieve Excellence in English in Level 2 and work towards Scholarship in Year 13.

Contact Persons: Mr Koster/Miss Wilson


English:   11Enb   Full Year

Course Description: Students study a range of literature styles and the language used; how to craft literary pieces, and present written arguments.

Recommended Entry Criteria: A minimum of 50% in the Year 10 English examination.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 Achievement Standards credits.

Level 1 Literacy credits

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next step: 12Ena, 12Enb, 12Enc

Contact Person: Mr Koster


English:   11Enc   Full Year

Course Description: This course aims to promote sound literacy skills for students whose reading and writing levels at present make 11Enb an inappropriate course. Reading for enjoyment is actively fostered. This course will NOT directly lead to an English course to gain Reading and Writing credits for University Entrance in Year 12, but students can gain this UE requirement through subjects other than English.

Recommended Entry Criteria: Less than 50% in Year 10 English examination.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 1 Achievement and Unit Standards credits.

Level 1 Literacy credits

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next step: 11Enb or 12Enc

Contact Person: Mr Koster


English:   11Ene   Full Year

Course Description: This course aims to improve literacy skills for students whose reading and writing levels at present make 11Enb/11Enc courses unsuitable. Reading for enjoyment is actively fostered. This course will NOT lead to an English course to gain Reading and Writing credits for University Entrance in Year 12. Instead it aims to assist students to gain their Level 1 Literacy requirements via the Unit Standard pathway if they do not achieve it via Achievement Standards across their other courses.

Recommended Entry Criteria: under the recommendation of the student’s 2018 English Teacher and/or Ms Murdoch.

Qualifications to be gained: Mostly Level 1 Unit Standards credits. Some Achievement Standards credits are also possible.

Level 1 Literacy

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next step: 12Enc or continue in 11Ene (dependent on the student’s level of literacy; a recommendation will be made by the 11Ene teacher)

Contact Persons: Mr Koster/Ms Murdoch


English:   12Ena   Full Year

Course Description: This is an academically orientated course, where students study a wide variety of written, visual and oral texts. Students are expected to achieve at Excellence or Merit level.

Recommended Entry Criteria: 11Ena students who achieved at least a C pass (in the Cambridge examination) or a minimum of 18 credits from 11Enb with at least half at Merit or Excellence standard. These credits must include both two external Achievement Standards at Merit or Excellence.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement Standards credits

UE Literacy: Yes - 10 writing and 4 reading and 4 both

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next step: 13Ena or 13Enb

Contact Person: Ms Liddell


English:   12Enb   Full Year

Course Description: This course is literature based and also focuses on writing skills. Students considering attending University should select this option or 12Ena.

Recommended Entry Criteria: minimum of 14 credits from 11Enb. These credits must include at least one essay based external Achievement Standard, (90849 and/or 90850) and one internal (90052 or 90053).

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement Standards credits.

UE Literacy: Yes - 10 credits writing and 4 credits both

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next step: 13Ena or 13Enb

Contact Person: Ms Liddell


English in Society:   12Ens   Full Year

Course Description: This course is intended for students who wish to undertake an Achievement Standard based Level 2 English course but have found the essay demands of Level 1 challenging. The course will take a thematic approach and investigate an issue through literature. It will involve reading novels, short stories and poems as well as nonfiction texts. It will also involve viewing documentaries, feature films and short films that share a common theme. It is an internally assessed course and will not have an end-of-year NCEA exam. The course is NOT intended for students on a university pathway.

Recommended Entry Criteria: minimum of 14 credits from 11Enb. If you passed only one external at Achieved level this course is suitable for you.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement Standards credits (including English credits and one Level 2 Social Studies standard).

UE Literacy: Yes - 4 credits reading

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Next Step: 13Ens  or 13Enc

Contact Persons: Ms Liddell/Miss Johnson


English:   12Enc   Full Year

Course Description: This course aims to encourage sound reading and writing skills based on a variety of texts. Students who take this course are unlikely to go to University but are seeking Level 2 credits. The reading and writing credits for entry to university are not covered in this course but students can gain this UE requirement by subjects other than English.

Recommended Entry Criteria: Less than 14 credits from 11Enb or minimum of 15 credits from 11Enc

Qualifications to be gained: Level 2 Achievement and Unit Standards.

UE Literacy: Yes - 4 credits reading

Approximate Contributions: $11 for workbooks

Next step: 13Enc, or 12Enb

Contact Person: Ms Liddell


English:   13Ena   Full Year

Course Description: This course is based on academic literature which will suit students who have enjoyed success in 12Ena or 12Enb. Students considering Scholarship in English must do this course.

Recommended Entry Criteria: minimum of 14 credits from 12Ena or 12Enb including Achievement Standards 91101, and one of external Achievement Standards 91098 or 91099. Students should have earned Merit or Excellences.

Qualifications on offer to be gained: Level 3 Achievement Standards credits.

UE Literacy: Yes - 10 credits writing, 4 credits both.

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Contact Persons: Mr Koster/Mr Humphreys


English:   13Enb   Full Year

Course Description: This course is intended for students who want English as an approved subject for University Entrance but do not envisage studying English beyond secondary school. They may also wish to develop reading, writing and research skills in preparation for University study in other subjects. 

Recommended Entry Criteria: minimum of 14 credits from 12Ena or 12Enb  (mainly Achieved) which must include at least one of the following external Achievement Standards: 91098 or 91099.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Achievement Standards credits.

UE Literacy: Yes - 6 credits writing, 4 credits both

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Contact Persons: Mr Koster/Miss Hubbard


English:   13Enc   Full Year

Course Description: This course is at an introductory tertiary level and an alternative to more academically orientated other Year 13 English courses. Students intending to study at Polytechnic or gain apprenticeships should select this option. The Reading and Writing credits for entry to university are NOT covered in this course.

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 10 credits from 12Enb or 12Enc

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Unit standard credits.

UE Literacy: No

Approximate Contributions: $11 for workbooks

Contact Person: Mr Koster


English in Society: 13Ens Full Year

Course Description: This course is intended for students who wish to undertake an Achievement Standard based Level 3 course but have found the essay demands of Level 2 challenging. The course will take a thematic approach and explore political issues and social actions. It will also involve viewing documentaries, feature films and short films that share a common theme. It is an internally assessed course and will not have an end-of-year NCEA exam. The course is NOT intended for students on a university pathway, although students may (through consultation with their class teacher) attempt an extra Social Studies standard to make this a UE approved course offering 14 credits.

Recommended Entry Criteria: minimum of 14 credits from 12Enb or successful completion of the 12ENS course. If you passed only one Level 2 external at Achieved level this course is suitable for you.

Qualifications to be gained: Level 3 Achievement Standards credits (from both Social Studies and English).

UE Literacy: Yes - 4 credits reading

Approximate Contributions: Nil

Contact Persons: Ms Liddell/Ms Johnson


Scholarship English

The opportunity to do additional preparation is after school on Fridays from 2.10-3.30pm. It is designed to prepare students for the three hour Scholarship examination which is sat at the end of the year. This is not a separate subject and entry is at the discretion of the Department members who run the programme.

Contact Persons: Mr Koster, Mr Humphreys, Ms Collier