English is a compulsory subject at Nelson College for Year 9 to Year 12 students and an optional subject in Year 13. Our courses are designed to be enjoyable and challenging for students of all skill levels and we hope to instill a life-time love of language and literature.
Junior students are introduced to English as an academic subject through a theme based programme. Lessons are grounded in the teaching of core literacy skills and we provide support for students with literacy problems through the learning support class, the Lexia programme and targeted reading tuition.
Senior students (Year 11 – Year 13) are placed in tailored courses designed to provide the best chance of success and work towards NCEA qualifications.
We also provide enrichment opportunities which begin in Year 9 and culminate with a Scholarship programme in Year 13.
Heads of Department: Leigh Tutty and Vicki McKerrow
Subjects administered by the English Learning Area:
- English: Y9 to Y13
- Media Studies: Y12 to Y13
Media Studies is a senior subject offered to students in Year 12 and Year 13. Students work towards NCEA qualifications and can enter NZ Scholarship in Year 13. They investigate the different ways media represents and influences society. The course consists of a large theory component, which includes analysis and research assessments and a practical component where students create a film. Media Studies students learn how to undertake research, analyse film, apply film theories, construct academic essays and use film making technology.
Teacher in charge: Nich Campbell