AS Language is a skill based course. During your year you will learn skills that can have life long impact. Everything in this course has a central ‘why’ to it – to assist you in communicating better.
That’s the ambition, yes there is an examination at the end of the year, and yes this is the final year that every student is strongly encouraged to take English, but the subject can be more than that.
In no other subject are you using the skills taught in every interaction you have on a daily basis. You communicate with others constantly, whether it is through friendships and relationships, work, sports, games, writing of any kind and speaking of any kind.
Look in any ‘self-help’ section of any book store – online or bricks and mortar – and you will find that there is a whole myriad of options to learn more about, and most of them centre of the importance of communication. Here are some titles:
Love More, Fight Less: Communication Skills Every Couple Needs: A Relationship Workbook for Couples
4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication in Love, Life, Work–Anywhere!: Including the “12-Day Communication Challenge!”
Communication Skills Training: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Social Intelligence, Presentation, Persuasion and Public Speaking
21 Days of Effective Communication: Everyday Habits and Exercises to Improve Your Communication Skills and Social Intelligence
Embracing the Awkward: A Guide for Teens to Succeed at School, Life and Relationships
Two things stand out here. Firstly, if you want to write a good self-help book, you need to use a colon in the title, and secondly we have a major problem with communication in the world. These are just the top 5 best selling self-help books today (December 2020) on Amazon.com, they haven’t been edited at all. We need to learn to be better at communicating.
In AS Language class I am going to get you to work. You will do some things that seem to be totally irrelevant, totally out of step with what you expected. But they work.
There are two components to English – reading and writing. So you can expect to do a lot of these. But I will teach you how to read (considering the last time you were taught was probably in Year 4 or 5) and I will teach you how to write…quickly and accurately.
Here are some of the skills you will learn. I think you will note that they are not just school skills, they are life skills.
- Speed Reading
- Speed Writing
- Crafting for an audience
- Stakeholder engagement
- Effective narratives
This is your chance to really progress your schooling and your life.
It’s good to have you here.
Ko te reo te tuakiri | Language is my identity.
Ko te reo tōku ahurei | Language is my uniqueness.
Ko te reo te ora. | Language is life.