At Prime, our philosophy of teaching English focuses on reasoning skills. We want our students to be independent thinkers who can apply critical thinking to texts, and to life. We know that an ability to express yourself clearly and powerfully, both in written and spoken ways, is important in all career pathways. It is also an essential aspect of personal development.
In our friendly classes and workshops, our tutors use the Socratic method of asking difficult questions to make you think. We encourage you to have a guess - it is okay to be wrong, but in English, you should never say 'I don't know' or leave an answer blank.
We work with you to set goals, and focus on a "how-to" approach rather than merely memorising and rote leaning. We favour a structured approach to English study via personal annotation and writing 'study paraphs' to synthesise your own knowledge of the text. We also provide a range of practice essay, exam and creative tasks to help you focus on building skills needed for the HSC.
We expect our students to continue self-directed study at home. Study is like exercise and you can't cram exercise. If you expect to tone and build musle, you have to do some work every week. For Junior years, this work should involve a minimum of 4 hours personal reading a week, and for seniors, 2 to 4 hours of writing study paragraphs at home.
In class, literacy and writing skills are honed by focusing on a new themed unit each term. Each module is relavant to students' future HSC requirements, as well as promoting the Stage 5 NESA literacy outlines.
In workshops, students practice their skills, with tutors on hand to help them if they require it. Students can work on study paragraphs for texts provided by Prime or prescribed texts from school. Individual feedback and marking is a key feature of the workshops.
Students are given homework to consolidate the content they have learned in class. This may include short-answer questions or extended writing tasks. This homework is marked by the class teacher with individual feedback, enabling the students to improve on a weekly basis.
Prime's Year 9 English Course Program commences in Term 4 of Year 8 and is designed to meet the NESA syllabus requirements for schools in NSW, with a focus on literacy and critical thinking. Each term is a themed unit focusing on a genre study like Crime Fiction, or a skill based unit like analysing Speeches.
Oct - Dec
Jan - Mar
Apr - Jun
Jul - Sep
Receive marked homework with feedback
Study prescribed texts and learn key concepts through class discussion and exam-style questions
Ask questions about the class work and receive answers before leaving the class room
Choose a workshop that suits your schedule
Come at any one hour between 10am or 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays (weeks 2 to 9).
Students are provided with a selection of texts to work on their study paragraphs, with guidance and feedback from tutors. Students can also work on their school prescribed texts.
Assist with school work
Get help with school work and receive additional resources.
|Week 1||14 Oct - 20 Oct||Genre Studies and Crime Fiction|
|Week 2||21 Oct - 27 Oct||Crime Friction Literature: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)|
|Week 3||28 Oct - 3 Nov||Crime Friction Literature: Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity (1892)|
|Week 4||4 Nov - 10 Nov||Crime Friction Literature: The Case of the Perfect Maid (1942)|
|Week 5||11 Nov - 17 Nov||Crime Friction Literature: Black Coffee (1930)|
|Week 6||18 Nov - 24 Nov||Hard Boilded Crime Fiction:The Big Sleep (1939)|
|Week 7||25 Nov - 1 Dec||Hard Boiled Crime Fiction: A Man Called Spade (1945)|
|Week 8||2 Dec - 8 Dec||In Cold Blood: The First True-crime Novel|
|Week 9||9 Dec - 15 Dec||End of Term Exam|
|Week 1||27 Jan - 2 Feb||Media and Representation: How to Analyse Images|
|Week 2||3 Feb - 9 Feb||Media and Representation: Analysing Magazine Ads|
|Week 3||10 Feb - 16 Feb||Media and Representation: Analysing Comic Panels|
|Week 4||17 Feb - 23 Feb||Media and Representation: Analysing Picture Books|
|Week 5||24 Feb - 1 Mar||Media and Representation: Analysing Website|
|Week 6||2 Mar - 8 Mar||Media and Representation: Analysing Films|
|Week 7||9 Mar - 15 Mar||Media and Representation: Analysing Memes|
|Week 8||16 Mar - 22 Mar||Term Revision|
|Week 9||23 Mar - 29 Mar||End of Term Exam|
|Week 1||27 April - 3 May||Introduction to Texts and Culture|
|Week 2||4 May - 10 May||Texts and Culture: Media Presentation of Culture|
|Week 3||11 May - 17 May||Texts and Culture: Case Study- Pop Culture and Youth|
|Week 4||18 May - 24 May||Texts and Culture: Case Study- Australian Culture|
|Week 5||25 May - 31 May||Texts and Culture: Case Study- Aboriginal Culture|
|Week 6||1 Jun - 7 Jun||Texts and Culture: Case Study- 1950s America|
|Week 7||8 Jun - 14 Jun||Texts and Culture: Case Study- Translations|
|Week 8||15 Jun - 21 Jun||Texts and Culture: Case Study- Cultural Bias|
|Week 9||22 Jun - 28 Jun||End of Term Exam|
|Week 1||20 Jul - 26 Jul||Getting to Know Shakespeare: King Lear|
|Week 2||27 Jul - 2 Aug||Getting to Know Shakespeare: Hamlet|
|Week 3||3 Aug - 9 Aug||Getting to Know Shakespeare: Macbeth- The Scottish Play|
|Week 4||10 Aug - 16 Aug||Getting to Know Shakespeare: The Stabbing of Julius Caesar|
|Week 5||17 Aug - 23 Aug||Getting to Know Shakespeare: As you like it|
|Week 6||24 Aug - 30 Aug||Getting to Know Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet|
|Week 7||31 Aug - 6 Sep||Getting to Know Shakespeare: Henry V|
|Week 8||7 Sep - 13 Sep||Revision|
|Week 9||14 Sep - 20 Sep||End of Term Exam|