English Level 1

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Houlahan

Recommended Prior Learning

Achievement Standards entered at Level 1 will vary according to the class students are placed in and what Standards students have already completed.

The Level 1 English course contains a range of texts and assessment challenges to prepare students for the rigours of NCEA and further study. The course is designed to help students make sense of a complex and fast changing world. In this course we emphasise reinforcement of the basic skills involved in reading and writing accurately, as we endeavour to build student confidence and allow them to find their own voice and respond critically to a range of modern and classic texts. Texts studied at Level 1 range from classics like Lord of the Flies, or Macbeth, to more modern books such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, or Montana 1948. 

Many students will end up doing a selection of assessment standards based on consultation with their teachers. We will endeavour as much as possible to fit the course to the strengths and needs of the student. 

For 2021 we will be pilotting the new NCEA Level One standards as part of the overarching changes to NCEA. 

Course Overview

Term 1
Intro to course and set texts.

Responding to Texts

Aspects of Texts

Language Study

Teaching for internal 1.2
Teaching for internal 1.1
Teaching for external 1.4

Term 2
Writing for purpose

Thematic study

Teaching for 1.2/1.3/1.4

Term 3
Aspects of Texts
Responding to Texts
Writing Skills and process

Teaching for 1.2/1.3/1.4

Term 4
Exam Revision for 1.4 External English Exam

Learning Areas:



English Level 2, History Level 2

Success in Level One English leads to academic confidence in every subject. It also leads on to almost any career you can think of.

Career Pathways

Survey Interviewer, Policy Analyst, Private Teacher/Tutor, Probation Officer, Youth Worker, Real Estate Agent, Recruitment Consultant, Secondary School Teacher, Social Worker, Teacher Aide, Television Presenter, Film/Television Camera Operator, Intelligence Officer, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Case Manager, Career Consultant, Elected Government Representative, Psychologist, Trainer, Journalist, Community Development Worker, Technical Writer, Legal Executive, Editor, Solicitor, Corrections Officer, Judge, Curator, Actor, Advertising Specialist, Copywriter, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Radio Presenter, Workplace Relations Adviser, Personal Assistant, Early Childhood Teacher, Human Resources Adviser, Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Archivist, Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Artistic Director, Barrister, Author, Funeral Director/Embalmer, Primary School Teacher, Librarian, Library Assistant