Curriculum - English

The content in the new English syllabus is organised around the key idea of Making meaning through language.

In the English K–10 Syllabus, the study of English is an active pursuit where students use language to learn about language. The key processes of responding to and composing texts are central to students using language purposefully and meaningfully and engaging with a wide range of texts.

'Responding' is the activity that occurs as students read, listen to or view texts. It encompasses the personal and intellectual connection a student makes with texts. It also recognises that students and the texts to which they respond reflect social contexts.

In this syllabus, 'composing' is the activity that occurs as students produce written, spoken or visual texts.

Responding and Composing are represented by these 6 modes:  

  • Speaking and Listening 
  • Writing and Representing
  • Reading and Viewing

As students undertake the key processes of responding to and composing texts in their study of English, they undertake a number of other integrated and concurrent processes which also highlight the importance of students as active users and learners of language.

The processes in this syllabus are intended to emphasise student agency through students developing and applying knowledge and understanding of context and language forms and features, and reflecting on their learning. In addition to the key processes of responding and composing, these processes include:

  • Engaging personally with texts
  • Developing and applying contextual knowledge
  • Understanding and applying knowledge of language forms and features.

To access the NSW English syllabus document, click the following link: