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International School Suva

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English T – ACT / Language and Literature


English T – ACT / Language and Literature – IB Higher Level (HL) / Standard Level (SL) 

The course is divided into four parts and is studied over two years in this order:


Year 11

Cultural Contexts

This unit should enable students to:

  •  read, view and listen to a range of texts from a variety of social political and economic climates, specifically those from cultural contexts that fall outside Australia’s dominant literary discourses and which are studied elsewhere in this course.
  •  demonstrate an understanding of some of the social, political, literary and philosophical contexts in which the writers operate
  •  develop skills to critically analyse attitudes to and assumptions about culture by engaging with texts reflecting various cultural perspectives
  •  appreciate the innovation in techniques used by some of the writers in this unit.
  •  appreciate that the texts will be seen in the historical, cultural and philosophical context in which writers operate, thus developing an awareness that the interpretation of language involves interplay between text and context

Contemporary Texts

This unit should enable students to:

  •  read critically and view a range of texts that mark the end of the 20th and early 21st century
  •  examine and respond to the variety of styles and the changing structure of contemporary texts
  •  identify and respond to the features of the texts and evaluate how these reflect contemporary concerns and cultural influences
  •  analyse the attitudes and themes evident in these works and make connections with their own lives.

Year 12

Speculative Fiction

This unit should enable students to:

  •  critically examine a range of works that speculate about technological and social possibilities in their historical context
  •  identify and respond to the features of speculative texts and evaluate the way in which they reflect social concerns and cultural influences
  •  analyse attitudes and themes manifest in these works

North American Texts

  •  This unit should enable students to:
  •  read, and view a variety of texts that reflect different aspects of North American society
  •  analyse the way in which similar themes and preoccupations are evident in North American texts across different eras
  •  critically appraise the language and style of texts
  •  respond orally and in writing to issues and concerns in North American texts
  •  discuss and analyse some of the geographical, historical and cultural contexts of the texts.

English - Years 11 and 12


Years 11 and 12

Students may choose between two high quality courses for their senior English studies: 

  1. English T – ACT  / Language and Literature – IB Higher Level (HL) / Standard Level (SL) 
  2. English T – ACT  / World Literature – IB Higher Level (HL) / Standard Level (SL) 

If undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, students may select either course. Both follow the criteria of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Board Endorsed accredited courses and both are challenging. In addition, both comply with the criteria as established by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). 


Although International School Suva does not offer an individual course certificate for IB level English or any other single IB course, ACT only students may choose either course – Language and Literature or World Literature, since both may be studied solely as ACT English T courses.  


The study of senior level English at ISS promotes the appreciation and enjoyment of literature as a lifelong adventure, not a short term undertaking. The customized courses have been designed to recognize and to complement the diversity of cultural heritage here at International School Suva, and they encompass texts which may be spoken, written or presented through visual media. Through literature, students broaden their understanding of human experience. The diversity of social and cultural traditions in literature is not only to be examined and analysed but also respected and celebrated. English is an area of learning in which students develop an understanding of themselves and their world through interaction with a range of written and non-written texts. It is also an area of learning through which students develop their language skills for a wide variety of purposes and audiences.


English - Years 6 to 8


Years 6 to 8

Students in the Middle School study a range of texts, including prose (both short stories and novels), poetry, drama, and film. Other units of study focus on the newspaper, media literacy in general, mythology, and fractured fairy tales. The texts and units of study engage the students in a variety of both independent and small group learning activities in addition to teacher-directed lessons. Some involve inter-disciplinary explorations.  The aims are that students should:

  •  Communicate clearly using both written and spoken language
  •  Use the language with enjoyment and confidence
  •  Respond personally to a variety of texts
  •  Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of human nature
  •  Develop a critical approach to literature
  •  Learn the value of supporting their opinions
  •  Explore the interdependence of human beings and their environment
  •  Understand more clearly their own and other cultures
  •  Read widely for enjoyment.

Assessments include written tasks involving short answer tests, written personal responses, and creative writing /creative projects, or oral tasks involving debates, group presentations, and dramatic performances.



English - Years 9 and 10


Years 9 and 10

ENGLISH LANGUAGE Students in Year 9 and Year 10 develop their interpersonal communication skills through the study of language in a wide variety of forms and in all modes: reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing.  A range of resources are used including prose, poetry, media, film and drama. Courses focus intently on students’ written and verbal language skills, extending and polishing them to prepare for senior studies. Students will enroll in the IGCSE Language examination at the end of Year 10.


English Literature: The English Literature components of the courses focus on comprehension and appreciation, as well as some critical literary analysis, and require close study of specific texts. The courses are designed to prepare students for the IGCSE Language and Literature examinations at the end of Year 10. Novels, plays, short stories and poetry are studied closely, and these texts are used as the basis for a range of learning activities.


 The English Language and English Literature components of both the year 9 and the Year 10 courses aim to:

  •  Enable students to communicate accurately, appropriately and effectively.
  •  Enable students to understand and respond appropriately to what they read, hear and experience.
  •  Encourage students to enjoy and appreciate a variety of language.
  •  Promote students’ personal development and an understanding of themselves and others.
  •  Explore the interdependence of humans and their environment.
  •  Develop a critical approach to literature.

Assessments include written tasks involving short answer and essay answer tests, written personal responses, persuasive writing, and creative writing /creative projects, or oral tasks involving debates, seminar presentations, and dramatic performances.