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English Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in May 2015 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2017.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | Capabilities | Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking

Critical and creative thinking is integral to the creation and study of texts in English. Students analyse and evaluate ideas and perspectives presented in texts. In thinking about and creating their own texts, they recognise and develop arguments, use evidence, and draw reasoned conclusions. Students experiment with text structures and language features as they transform and adapt texts for different purposes, audiences, and contexts. Students use critical thinking when they apply their knowledge of language to analyse the purpose, audience, and context; structural and language features; and underlying and unstated assumptions of a range of texts. They investigate ways in which language is used to position individuals and social, cultural, and interest groups. Creative thinking enables students to apply imaginative and inventive capacities in the creation of their own original works.