Year 8 English

Core Program

This course covers the key subject area of English, including Essay and Genre Writing.

Our term courses are scheduled in line with public school term dates. There are 4 terms per year and usually 10 lessons per term, with one lesson each week. You can commence our courses at any time, however a new term starts in late January, April, July and October.

Our English course enable students to:

  • Improve English skills such as comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, genre and essay writing by using imaginative, interpretive and critical thinking to analyse and compose a variety of texts.

Program schedules are designed to allow maximum flexibility for students.

Course Structure
  • English (including Essay & Genre Writing)
  • 4 terms in a year, 10 weeks in a term
  • 1.5 hour lessons per week, during term
  • Can be combined with Science (English + Science: 2 hour lessons per week)
  • Can be combined with Maths (English + Maths: 3 hour lessons per week)
  • Students attend lessons at their allocated time schedule
  • Small class group based
  • Experienced educators
Course Outline


Term 1
Week 1 — Mystery And Suspense I: Characterisation
Week 2 — Mystery And Suspense II: Plotting and Structure
Week 3 — Mystery And Suspense III: Manipulation of Responders
Week 4 — Mystery And Suspense IV: The ‘Gothic’ and the ‘Other’
Week 5 — Understanding Literature I: The Short Story
Week 6 — Understanding Literature II: Drama
Week 7 — Understanding Literature III: Poetry
Week 8 — Understanding Literature IV: Screenplays
Week 9 — Understanding Literature V: Speeches
Week 10 — Understanding Literature VI: Structure, Style and Presentation

Term 3
Week 1 – Poetry Writing
Week 2 – Revealing Psychology
Week 3 – Exploring Themes
Week 4 – Experimenting with Form
Week 5 – Narrative Strategies: Using Suspense
Week 6 – Narrative Strategies II: Point of View
Week 7 – Narrative Strategies III: Using Atmosphere
Week 8 – End-of-Term Test: Reviews
Week 9 – Literary Reviews
Week 10 – Comprehension Skills

Term 4
Week 1 – Scripting: The play on the Page and The Stage
Week 2 – Scripting: Film
Week 3 – Scripting: TV & Radio
Week 4 – Issues in Modern Life: Themes in Australian Literature
Week 5 – Issues in Modern Life: Search for Identity
Week 6 – Issues in Modern Life: Anxious Times
Week 7 – Three Rules in Success in Writing: Treating the Topic
Week 8 – Three Rules in Success in Writing: Using Structure and Style Appropriately
Week 9 – Three Rules in Success in Writing: Avoiding Generalisation
Week 10 – Adapting Media: From Short Story into Drama

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