NCEA L1 English - Adrenaline Rush

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms J. McLeod

Recommended Prior Learning

This course is open entry but it would help if you could tell your Ferrari from your Ford or your McLaren from your Mercedes.

We all need that adrenaline rush!

This course explores sports that gives us that adrenaline rush through a range of texts that look at why we are so fascinated with going fast and pushing the limits. Why do we do something that is so inherently dangerous? What drives the competitive spirit so much that we will happily strap ourselves into a death machine while the rest of us watch avidly from the sidelines?

English as a subject area focuses on the two key strands – making meaning and creating meaning. We focus on communication through a range of texts and mediums to reflect societal changes and 21st Century learning foci. English encompasses learning the language, using the language and thinking beyond the language through authentic learning contexts.

Specifically, this involves learners being willing to have their ideas challenged; to developing their own ideas and opinions through critical literacy and working on the skills required to be confident using their own personal voice.

Course Overview

Term 1
This term we explore the contexts of our course through a range of texts (both written and visual) to work on the personal reading standard and prepare for our text studies.

Term 2
This term we will be making connections. You will have the opportunity to look at how and especially why texts position readers to understand key ideas.

Term 3
The focus this term will be on close viewing. You will have the opportunity to explore how film makers craft their work to obtain a desired result. We will also be practicing our literature essay writing skills, in preparation for the derived grade exams.

Term 4
Term 4 is all about revising for the final exams in November.

Learning Areas:

Languages - Ngā Reo, NCEA Level 1, NCEA Level 1 Literacy Requirement

Career Pathways

Barrister, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Sales and Marketing Manager, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Film and Video Editor, Journalist, Communications Professional, Community Development Worker, Technical Writer, Editor, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Primary School Teacher, Librarian, Recreation Co-ordinator, Television Presenter, Marketing Specialist