Centre for Continuing Education

Axel Kruse

Axel Kruse


Axel Kruse completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a Diploma of Education at the University of Western Australia. He began teaching at Hale School, one of the oldest private schools in Western Australia, where he was appointed as Master in Charge of English, teaching senior secondary English. He returned to academic studies in Western Australia with a post graduate scholarship then transferred to the University of Tasmania to study Shelley and literary criticism under the poet James McAuley, and taught English at Hobart Matriculation College. Upon completion of his Master of Arts degree he was appointed as a temporary Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania, then to a permanent position at the University of Queensland, and after a year, to the English Department at the University of Sydney. His career at the University of Sydney has included a wide interest in English literature and language, including the English and Italian Renaissance, Romanticism, Modernism and Postmodernism. His studies include an attachment to the University of Florence, an edition of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and publications on Australian literature, film and HSC English.

Beginning with his work as a teacher of senior English, he has a special interest in English in schools and extensive experience in HSC English studies. He has extensive experience as a Marker and Judge for HSC English Extension 1 and inaugurated a postgraduate Diploma in HSC English Studies at the University of Sydney. He now works widely as an English consultant to schools. He works with the Association for Independent School (AIS), advising teachers on the teaching of Higher School Certificate English, and he provides lectures at private schools across New South Wales. His classes for Higher School Certificate students at the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney provide the advantage of this wide experience for a wide range of students.

He also has a special interest in languages, professional communication and practical English language courses for multicultural Australia. Some of his most popular courses include Enhancing Your English Standard and Advanced and a new course in Conversation and Grammar. The focus in these courses is on practical business and administration English, practical grammar, essay writing and effective spoken as well as written English.

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