I'm teaching English again, after years of teaching other things. My students are complaining that the work is "too much," and "too hard." They complain in other classes, so I don't think it's me! I am curious, though, what other students are learning, and how fast-- it always seems like there's way more to cover than we possibly could.
We read and discuss one novel per quarter. They write one 3-7 page paper every quarter. They learn how to do research, and to use MLA style for their essays, bibliographies, etc.. They have 20 vocabulary words each week. We don't have much time for grammar.
For a week's homework, they have to: study the vocab words, complete two Reading Plus sessions (program that increases reading vocab, speed, and comprehension, at about 30 min. per session), and read around 70 pages of their novel OR work on their essay.
FWIW, that's a lot less work than I had to do in HS English!