Queensland English

Queensland Education attempts to have students cover a wide variety of topics from various viewpoints as they study English throughout their time at school. Beyond just learning the correct way to read and write, English explores the psychology of authors from all walks of life, from all eras of time with a core idea of broadening student’s views on the world.


Primary English is often more focused on the technical aspects of the English language – particularly with reading and writing. Often you will see stories broken down by what was written and how the author did so, with less of a focus onĀ why the author did so.

Just like Maths, however, the more interesting aspect of English in this period is that it greatly shapes whether a student will perceive themselves as ‘English-Brained’, or not ‘English-Brained’. The reason for this is that more complicated writing techniques are extremely difficult to implement if a student lacks the foundational knowledge such as grammar, structure, and vocabulary.

Since English can be such a multi-skill subject, our tutors try to work backward from a student’s piece of work to decipher what core skills that student may be struggling with and implement tailored approaches to help.


High School English looks to go beyond just teaching students how to communicate effectively and attempts to instill a sense of creative thinking and exploration of various pre-conceptions that students may have held. This is also where student’s work will start to require stylistic skills in their writing to achieve higher results. Typically, students will be asked to complete analytical essays, un-seen essays, and speeches on a variety of texts.

Often the issues students face in this subject is the perceived ambiguity of the subject. For instance, while in math 1+1 will always equal 2, English as a subject will often ask a student to make an argument for their opinion on a piece of text, and assuming they use evidence to back it up, two opposite opinions can both be right.

The key to this is helping to provide structure and rationale to the assessments to help students feel that the end result is not a completely random outcome.


English Extension is a notoriously difficult subject that should only be pursued by students who have a genuine interest in the many different technical and theoretical approaches that can be used to explore and evaluate literary texts from many different genres.

English Extension usually sees a different problem students face, compared to regular senior English. While senior English can often be confusing due to how open the answers can be, English Extension is difficult because it is trying to make a rational case for how to answer those questions accurately. This means the use of many different theories which can become complex if a student falls behind.

Since most students who take this subject have a genuine interest in the material, the focus for tutors is primarily on the manner on how to study the content as well as clarifying the smaller details.


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