English Level 3

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Houlahan

Success at Level 3 English is considered a key indicator of students’ readiness for tertiary study. Auckland University in particular looks very carefully at students’ performance in Level 3 English. Most students requiring University Entrance will be doing English where they need at least 14 English credits. 

At Level 3 we are extremely interested in students voicing their own opinions on the ideas contained in the texts they encounter. Novels you might encounter in Level 3 include The Great Gatsby or The Things They Carried. In our auteur study you might see films from Baz Luhrmann, Clint Eastwood or Francis Ford Coppola. There is a real emphasis with Level 3 English on boys writing at a standard that is not far off that required at Stage One of a University English Course. While there is no doubt that Level 3 English presents challenges for students, it is also represents a tremendous opportunity for them to extend themselves, preparing for the exciting challenges that lie ahead. 

Course Overview

Term 1
ONE 1 Jan 27 Year 8-11 in class from Wednesday onwards
2 Feb 3 INTRO: Expectations, getting to know you
3 Feb 10 3.1: Key text
4 Feb 17 3.1: Key text
5 Feb 24 3.1: Key text
6 Mar 2 3.1: Practice essay – in class – 3.4: folio also
7 Mar 9 3.7: Ancillary texts
8 Mar 16 3.7: Ancillary texts
9 Mar 23 3.7: Ancillary texts plus report unpacked
10 Mar 30 AS 3.7: CONNECTIONS draft
11 Apr 6 AS 3.7: CONNECTIONS due

Term 2
TWO 1 Apr 27 3.4: Folio – intro (OR connections) ANZAC DAY OBS
2 May 4 3.4: exemplars/drafts (or connections)
3 May 12 3.4: exemplars/drafts/feedback (or connections) LISTON DAY
4 May 18 3.4 Folio (or connections) DUE
5 May 25 3.9: Watch films plus analysis
6 June 1 3.9: Begin drafts QUEENS BIRTHDAY
7 June 8 3.9: Feedback on drafts
8 June 15 3.9: Continue drafts
9 June 22 3.9: Final copy
10 June 29 3.9: Final copy due

Term 3
THREE 1 July 20 3.5: Oral assessment – plan/prepare
2 July 27 3.5: Oral assessment – draft/practice
3 Aug 3 3.5: Oral assessment DUE this week
4 Aug 10 3.4: Folio
5 Aug 17 3.4: Folio
6 Aug 24 3.4: Folio
7 Aug 31 3.4: FOLIO FINAL DUE
8 Sept 7 3.1: Exam revision
9 Sept 14 3.1: Exam revision
10 Sept 21 EXAM WEEK

Term 4
FOUR 1 Oct 12 Exam Revision
2 Oct 19 Exam Revision
3 Oct 26 Exam Revision
4 Nov 2 Exam Revision
5 Nov 9 Final Mass Monday, P Giving 10th Nov

Recommended Prior Learning

Open Entry, however, it is recommended that you would have achieved the following:
• Passes in the external assessments 2.1 or 2.3
• Two other standards from the internals assessment in NCEA Level 2; or by negotiation with the HOD.
• All Level 2 internals must be attempted

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91472 v1 English 3.1 - Respond critically to specified aspect(s) of studied written text(s), supported by evidence
4r,4w *
A.S. 91474 v1 English 3.3 - Respond critically to significant aspects of unfamiliar written texts through close reading, supported by evidence
4r,4w *
A.S. 91475 v1 English 3.4 - Produce a selection of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains, and structures ideas
6w *
A.S. 91476 v1 English 3.5 - Create and deliver a fluent and coherent oral text which develops, sustains, and structures ideas
A.S. 91478 v1 English 3.7 - Respond critically to significant connections across texts, supported by evidence
A.S. 91480 v1 English 3.9 - Respond critically to significant aspects of visual and/or oral text(s) through close reading, supported by evidence
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 24

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 24 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 16 credits.

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