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English Department

What is Literacy?
Literacy is about more than reading or writing – it is about how we communicate in society. It is about social practices and relationships, especially:
  • knowledge
  • language
  • culture
Those who use literacy take it for granted – but those who cannot use it are excluded from much communication in today’s world.
The English Curriculum
​The English curriculum is dedicated to developing knowledge in four key areas of literacy:
  • listening and speaking
  • reading
  • writing
  • presenting 
What We Achieve
​Successful language learners:
  • understand that language learning is a necessary, life-enhancing, reflective process
  • communicate – that is, read, listen, view, speak, write, and represent – effectively and with confidence
  • make meaningful connections between themselves, what they encounter in texts and the world around them
  • think critically
  • understand that all texts advance a particular point of view that must be recognized, questioned, assessed, and evaluated; appreciate the cultural impact and aesthetic power of texts
  • use language to interact and connect with individuals and communities, for personal growth, and for active participation as world citizens 
Language skills are lifelong learning skills; they enable you to better understand yourself and others, unlock your potential as a human being, find a fulfilling career, and become a responsible world citizen.


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