English discipline expert – video

A video series of disciplinary experts discussing the shift of focus and valued learning in their relevant learning area of the Australian Curriculum.

Experts prominent in shaping the Australian Curriculum help us to further develop our understanding of the essence of each learning area and why this essence is important when designing learning.


Professor Barbara Comber – English

Professor Barbara Comber has taught and researched in literacy education for many years and has a particular commitment to supporting teacher research. Here she speaks about what English learning is for.

Sound bites

A video series capturing a range of voices— teachers, Rundle Mall shoppers and children—talking about what they think a particular learning area is for.

These video clips stimulate thinking and promote discussions for us to reflect on what we believe the learning area is for and what we want our students to take forward into their lives from the different learning areas. We call this the essence of the learning area.


Sound bites English

Shoppers in the mall, teachers, kids and young people are asked what they think history is for.

The views expressed do not represent the views of the SA Department for Education.

Story of the English learning area

A video animation series describing the essence of each learning area and how the components of the learning area work together.

These animations describe the essence of each learning area and how the components of the Australian Curriculum learning area can work together to create powerful, relevant learning experiences for our students.


English: What is it for?

This animation is designed to help teachers to tune into the grand narrative of Australian Curriculum: English.

The BitL tool - Bringing it to life

A process tool that demonstrates how we can bring together the what and the how – the curriculum and the pedagogy, to engage our students in powerful learning.

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The Bringing it to life online tool incorporates aspects of the Australian Curriculum learning area and high challenge pedagogy. The tool poses a series of questions to position the student to do the thinking.

BitL printables

These posters, placemats, questioning tools and BitL overviews have been designed to be used in classrooms with students F-10.


Learning area specific resources available to be downloaded and printed.

Conceptual Narrative Printables

The resources show examples of how the BiTL questions can be used to develop conceptual understanding using specific learning area content from F-10.


Learning area specific resources available to be downloaded and printed.

Literacy Texts

Texts to inform

Learning Area Explorer

The Learning area explorers (A3) summarise the Australian Curriculum learning areas allowing investigation into where the essence is most strongly emphasised.

English Curriculum

Resources Working with curriculum English