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 10 English Course Program commences in Term 4 of Year 9 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 feedback before leaving the class room
Choose a workshop that suits your schedule
There are four workshops running between 10am and 5pm on Saturdays. Each workshop runs for 1.5 hours. Come to any workshop that suits your schedule.
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 precribed texts.
Assist with school work
Get help with school work and receive additional resources.
|Week 1||14 Oct - 20 Oct||Introduction to Nonfiction|
|Week 2||21 Oct - 27 Oct||Nonfiction: Creative Nonfiction|
|Week 3||28 Oct - 3 Nov||Nonfiction: Truecrime|
|Week 4||4 Nov - 10 Nov||Nonfiction: Journalistic Style|
|Week 5||11 Nov - 17 Nov||Nonfiction: Memoir|
|Week 6||18 Nov - 24 Nov||Nonfiction: Travel Writing|
|Week 7||25 Nov - 1 Dec||Nonfiction: Ethical Problems with Nonfiction|
|Week 8||2 Dec - 8 Dec||Nonfiction: Fraudulent Nonfiction|
|Week 9||9 Dec - 15 Dec||Nonfiction Exam|
|Week 1||27 Jan - 2 Feb||Critical Thinking and Writing: Introduction to Academic Reasoning|
|Week 2||3 Feb - 9 Feb||Critical Thinking and Writing: Modes of Arguments|
|Week 3||10 Feb - 16 Feb||Critical Thinking and Writing: Asking Critical Questions|
|Week 4||17 Feb - 23 Feb||Critical Thinking and Writing: Planning and Researching|
|Week 5||24 Feb - 1 Mar||Critical Thinking and Writing: Selection and Coherence|
|Week 6||2 Mar - 8 Mar||Critical Thinking and Writing: Essay Writing|
|Week 7||9 Mar - 15 Mar||Critical Thinking and Writing: Explaining and Analogising|
|Week 8||16 Mar - 22 Mar||Critical Thinking and Writing: Adapting Ideas|
|Week 9||23 Mar - 29 Mar||End of Module Exam|
|Week 1||27 April - 3 May||Postcolonialism: Postcolonial Theory|
|Week 2||4 May - 10 May||Postcolonialism Literature: When Mr Pirzada Came to Dine|
|Week 3||11 May - 17 May||Postcolonialism Literature: The Ghost of Firoshia Baag|
|Week 4||18 May - 24 May||Postcolonialism Literature: The Glass Bottle Trick|
|Week 5||25 May - 31 May||Postcolonialism Literature: One Day I Will Write About My Mother|
|Week 6||1 Jun - 7 Jun||Postcolonialism Literature: Bush Baby|
|Week 7||8 Jun - 14 Jun||Postcolonialism Literature: Apartheid in South Africa|
|Week 8||15 Jun - 21 Jun||End of Module Revision|
|Week 9||22 Jun - 28 Jun||End of Module Exam|
|Week 1||20 Jul - 26 Jul||Introduction to Satire|
|Week 2||27 Jul - 2 Aug||Satire Literature 1|
|Week 3||3 Aug - 9 Aug||Satire Literature 2|
|Week 4||10 Aug - 16 Aug||Satire Literature 3|
|Week 5||17 Aug - 23 Aug||Satire Literature 4|
|Week 6||24 Aug - 30 Aug||Satire Literature 5|
|Week 7||31 Aug - 6 Sep||Satire Literature 6|
|Week 8||7 Sep - 13 Sep||Satire Literature 7|
|Week 9||14 Sep - 20 Sep||End of Module Exam|