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In Queensland high schools, students are required to study English from year 7 (2015) to year 12.  This is because communication skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, comprehending and creating) are essential aspects of daily life. At Dalby SHS we teach the Australian English Curriculum from Years 7 to10, preparing students for the study of either English or English Communication in Years 11 and 12.

When studying English, students learn that:

  • literacy skills are useful, real-life skills
  • language is a powerful tool that can be used to influence the way people think and understand the world


When studying English, students learn to:

  • communicate clearly and accurately through the correct use of spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • write and speak effectively in a variety of contexts
  • organise ideas and information
  • explore and express complex concepts
  • respond with critical awareness to a wide range of literary and non-literary texts


Pathways (see subject pages for more detailed information)


Years 7-10

All students study the Australian English Curriculum. Modifications are made for students who require special provisions.

QSA Literacy – A Short Course

In semester 2 of Year 10, some students may be offered access to this alternate English program to help them to meet the literacy requirement of the Queensland Certificate of Education.

Years 11 and 12

Students may choose to study either English or English Communication. English is an Authority subject which contributes to an OP score. English Communication is a non-Authority subject which does not contribute to an OP score. Success in either subject contributes points to a QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education).

English Extension

In Year 12, some students may be offered the opportunity to study English Extension, a high level English subject. Students who choose to study English Extension must also continue to study English in Year 12.​