The Year 8 English course is designed to consolidate and further develop the skills acquired in Year 7.

It is based on the key principles of the Victorian Curriculum. The Curriculum is organised into three interrelated strands that support students’ growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English. Together the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. The three strands are:

Language: The conventions of the English language
Literature: Understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
Literacy: Expanding the repertoire of English usage

As such, students read and respond, insightfully and critically, to a wide range of print, visual, electronic and multimodal texts, which explore both familiar and challenging themes and issues. Students also develop an understanding of the ways different texts are designed and influenced by context, purpose and audience. Students create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts such as: narratives, media texts, essays and presentations. They draft and edit their writing for accuracy and effect. Students are given multiple opportunities to develop their oral skills through class discussions, small group work, individual presentations and debates.

Areas of Study

  • Reading and responding to texts
  • Media study
  • Film study
  • Creative writing
  • Writing skills


  • Writing Folio
  • Media Writing
  • Text Responses
  • Oral Presentations
  • Semester Examination