Ode to a Spell Checker

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew

Pam Ayres


English is a compulsory subject at John Willcock College. Students studying English at John Willcock College are assessed in Writing, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing. Course Outlines for Year 7, 8 and 9 are designed to meet the “threads “of the Australian Curriculum.

At John Willcock College, students have contact time with their English teacher for four hours a week. In this time, students are taught the content of the Australian Curriculum and their literacy is promoted in a variety of ways. Each student is to keep a journal (which is assessed via semester) in which they respond to a variety of texts; discussing both their purpose and the effect of conventions utilised to create the text. We also focus on visual symbolism, investigating how still images, film and symbols give meaning. Each week, English teachers focus on one area of literacy from the John Willcock Literacy Planner e.g antonyms.

Students facing difficulty in English at John Willcock College can utilise a number of services. We have a Reading teacher who offers small group assistance to low/reluctant readers. Students are also placed on an Individual Education Plan by their classroom teacher, scaffolding tasks to ensure a progress in literacy skills. We also have streaming in which students are placed in lower or higher ability classes to ensure that maximum progress is made and the lessons being taught to students are of an achievable standard for them.




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