NCEA English - Level 1 and 2 (Summer School)

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This 5 day workshop will give you the opportunity to work towards gaining literacy credits (reading and writing) required for work, further study and University Entrance. Spaces are limited to 12 students so enrol early to avoid missing out. Students must pre-register.

Target Audience

Most students enrolling in this course require L2 Literacy credits in order to apply to university or other courses. Literacy credits are made up of 5 Reading and 5 Writing credits from standards offered within the English curriculum. Not all standards are Reading or Writing, some are just general English credits. Only internally assessed standards are offered through Community Education (as opposed to external standards which are passed by sitting the end of the year exam).


The way literacy credits can be achieved are through:


  • 91101 Writing Portfolio - 6 Credits


  • 91106 Wide Reading - 4 Credits
  • 91105 Information Literacy - 4 Credits

Other general English standards that are offered are:

  • 91102 Create and Deliver an Oral text (speech)
  • 91103 Create a Crafted and Controlled Visual and Verbal Text - 3 Credits
  • 91104 Analyse Significant Connections across Texts - 4 Credits
  • 91107 Close Viewing - 3 Credits

As there are no single standards available worth 5 Reading credits, students have to complete both the two 4 credit standards as well as the single Writing Portfolio standard in order to attain their literacy credits. 

The Writing Portfolio requires students to produce a minimum of 2 pieces (though 3 is better) of high quality writing on subjects of their choice. This could include such things as creative writing, poetry, opinion pieces, letters, personal writing, essays etc. It is better if you have different styles of writing to makeup your portfolio as the idea is to show off what you can do as a writer. The guidelines are for the pieces to be approximately 650 + words.

The Wide Reading standard requires 6 texts to be read and responded to in a personal manner. The minimum requirement within this is that 2 of the texts need to be extended texts such as novels, non-fiction books or biographies. The other 4 texts can be made up from a selection of short texts such as short stories, extended magazine articles, online articles, poetry and may also include up to two visual texts such as films, TED talks, documentaries etc.  Students should make a start on their reading as early as possible before the commencement of the course in order to maximise class time. 

The Information Literacy standard is a research standard where students find a topic and pose some questions on issues within the topic to find out more about. With this standard, the research process is crucial and needs to be documented and submitted along with the final report. 4-6 sources are expected around the topic so some students may like to start gathering resources before the start of the course.