The Victorian Essential Learning Standards provide the guidelines for teachers and describe what is essential for all students to achieve from Prep – Year 10 in Victorian schools.  The learning standards are based on best practice in Victorian schools, national and international research and provide the means for schools to use current educational thinking to better prepare students for success at school and beyond.

At Ivanhoe East, we believe that literacy is central to all areas of the curriculum.  We believe the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with confidence, purpose and enjoyment in a wide range of contexts prepares our students to become active, global citizens. Through language, students convey and discover information, work through ideas and express feelings. Students learn how language works and how to use it well.  Learning about texts and language will equip our students to develop the confidence and competence to meet the demands of school, employment and further education. The knowledge and skills of literacy are essential to people who contribute effectively to political, social and cultural life and are active and informed citizens.

The Ivanhoe East Literacy program aims to develop in students:
•    the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write effectively with confidence, purpose and enjoyment;
•    the critical understanding of the ways in which writers and speakers control language features and structures to influence their listeners, readers and viewers;
•    the ability to discuss and analyse texts and language critically;
•    an understanding of the ways in which language varies according to context, purpose and audience and an awareness that interpretation and understanding of texts will be influenced by cultural, social and personal differences; and
•    a broad knowledge of a range of texts and a capacity to relate this to aspects of contemporary society and personal experience.

Students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language and develop a sense of its richness and its power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to persuade, to entertain and to argue.

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