English Language


LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND COMMUNICATION

ENGLISH 1ST LANGUAGE

In the study of English we endeavour to develop mastery of the language of instruction in order to facilitate fluency of communication, develop reading and comprehension skills and to inculcate a knowledge of the structure of the language. The course is naturally a progressive one and learners will deal with differing levels of difficulty according to their development of language.
The range of skills which the learner should master are:

READING:

A structured reading programme exists in the lower Grades and a variety of “class readers” is provided in the upper grades.
Learners can:

  1. Develop a love for and appreciation of reading of suitable novels, poetry and drama.
  2. Develop a fluency and independence in reading.
  3. Acquire the skill of comprehending and analysing the language.
  4. Appreciate that language is used for different purposes.
  5. Learn to acquire knowledge through reading.
  6. Learn a discretion when selecting reading for personal interest and preference.

WRITING:

Learners can:

  1. Master the skill of writing for a wide range of purposes and learn to express themselves accurately, creatively and convincingly.
  2. Learn the importance of planning, structure and editing.
  3. Use computer technology as a tool for writing.
  4. Develop skills of communicating emotions, experiences and the ability to give precise directions and definitions.

SPEAKING:

A wide range of oral activities aim to teach learners to:

  1. Communicate fluently.
  2. Increase vocabulary.
  3. Learn the importance of register and tone.
  4. Adapt their language to varying audiences and situations.
  5. The need to listen before speaking.

THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE:

Learners will study the structure of language and the correct use of grammar. This involves spelling, punctuation and vocabulary enrichment. The appreciation of correctness of expression in writing or oral activities is an important skill. Learners will also develop editing skills as the teaching of grammar is largely through the contextual use of language and it is not taught in isolation.
The day to day programme involves writing and comprehension exercises, oral activities, regular spelling tests, and language study. Group work plays an important role and the outcomes of all study will be explained to the learners before any section/project is begun. The overall aim is to produce boys who are soundly literate, confident communicators and who have a love and appreciation of English.