Study a teaching area in English for secondary education

English teachers play a key role in enabling students to become confident communicators who can think critically and imaginatively.

English is a mandatory subject in NSW and an understanding of the language has been identified as both central to how we communicate and critical for intellectual, social and emotional development1. Undertaking an English teaching area in your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree includes the study of modern and historical texts (e.g. Shakespeare), as well as everyday and workplace texts.

You will develop a thorough understanding of how context influences an author’s composition, characters, and choice of themes. You’ll also study a variety of textual forms, including plays, poetry, novels, essays, short fiction and creative non-fiction. Students of this teaching area will be well-prepared to teach English at the HSC and junior levels.

Many teachers choose to combine their English expertise with a specialisation in a related subject such as Ancient History, Modern History, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), or study of another Language.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in teaching English?

Study English as one of your core teaching areas to focus your degree around how to teach HSC English courses, and junior classes. You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning how context impacts literary composition.
  • Goals to teach English or a related teaching area in a secondary school setting.
  • A commitment to designing engaging lessons about classic and everyday literature, teaching students how to appreciate each type of text in its own right.

What do you learn in an English teaching area?

Study a teaching area in English to learn how to teach HSC English courses and junior classes in the subject area. We offer courses in a variety of English literature specialties:

  • Textual Analysis: Introductory English courses will teach students how to read and analyse works of literature. You will study a variety of text types, and authors from different periods to develop your skills. This knowledge will inform your skills in critical analysis, which you will pass on to your high school classes after graduation.
  • Texts in Context: You will have the opportunity to study particular historical periods and learn how context influences composition. We offer courses in Renaissance literature, contemporary literature, and Australian literature. Studying courses in this area will allow you to further specialise your qualifications in English teaching.
  • English Specialties: Follow your passions and interests by focusing your major around a specialty in English. You can study courses in film adaptation, children’s literature, drama and creative writing. These courses will give you a competitive edge in the teaching market, enabling you to teach a broader range of topics.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allow you to study a teaching area in English:

1English curriculum, NSW Department of Education

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