Secondary English Department
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|English Curriculum in SIS(HK)|
|Assessment Weighting for Academic Year 2016/2017|
The Secondary English Department prepares students to be proficient communicators in the forms of reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing. We teach our students to be creative and critical thinkers, to critically respond to texts and to give their own personal interpretations and judgments. These are all skills needed for our increasingly global and technology driven world and we consider they are best delivered through an integrated approach, teaching both language and literature together.
We equip our students with the skills needed to perform well in IGCSE and IB examinations and assessments. To this end, the S1 and S2 curriculum is designed to cover a wide range of the skills needed, in both language and literature as a platform for future success. We adopt this integrated approach in every level, developing language skills in conjunction with literary study. Our courses are vibrant, lively and intellectually demanding and students are encouraged to explore a range of exciting texts and tasks. Students will be exposed to literary texts (novels, short stories, poetry, drama, graphic novels), non-literary texts (magazine and newspaper articles, blogs, advertisements, websites, letters), film and media.
The aims of the English programme are to encourage and enable students to:
- use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression and social interaction,
- develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts,
- develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary works,
- engage in literature from a variety of cultures and representing different historical periods through the study of literary and non-literary works,
- explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary works,
- engage with information and communication technology in order to explore language,
- develop a lifelong interest in reading widely, and
- apply language skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts.
English Curriculum in SIS(HK)
S1 – S2 Language Arts
The Lower Secondary English curriculum will focus on introducing and building the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that students need to be successful in IGCSE, IBDP, university and their future careers. Students will examine a variety of genres to determine how authors use language, structure, and style to engage their audiences and for what purpose. After each genre study, students will hone their own writing skills as they become authors and create their own versions of the text type. By the end of S2, they will have analysed and produced poems, short stories, persuasive advertisements, critical essays, personal essays, graphic novels, descriptive travel websites, and short documentaries.
S3 – S4 IGCSE First Language English (0500)
Throughout the Cambridge IGCSE course and in line with the syllabus, students are encouraged to read and write in a wide variety of text types and for different audiences and purposes to hone their critical skills and understanding of how language is used and works. Before writing, students will practise reading and analysing texts in order to explore stylistic features and the common conventions of the text type. They will also produce pieces of persuasive, narrative and descriptive writing as they progress through the two years to prepare them for the exams at the end of the course.
S3 – S4 IGCSE World Literature (0408)
In the Cambridge IGCSE World Literature course, students will study four texts over the course, producing both a critical and an empathic essay on two of these texts in the first year, though not from the same text. In the second year, students will study two further texts for the exam at the end of the course. Students will have an oral exam in January of the second year of the course when they will record a conversation with their teacher on any of the texts they choose from the four they study during the two years. The course aims to promote lifelong skills including: reading, interpreting and evaluating literary texts from different countries and cultures and presenting informed, personal responses to them.
DP1 – DP2 Language A: English Language and Literature
In this IB course, students will engage actively with language and culture, and learn understand more about the world we live in as a by product. To this end, they will look at the world around them and also read literary and non-literary texts. Students will examine various media, text types and question the language while making meaning in context. At the end of the course, students will be able to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections. They will also hone their ability to articulate their ideas in a cogent and well-substantiated way.
This course is offered at both the Standard and Higher Level.
DP1 – DP2 Language A: English Literature
In this IB course, students will engage actively with literary works from different periods, styles and genres. In so doing, they will understand the perspectives, and lives of people at a particular time through the works. Additionally, they will study closely translated works increasing their repertoire of known works. Consequently, their understanding and ability to empathise with their fellow man will increase.
At the end of the course, students will be able to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections.They will also hone their ability to articulate their ideas in a cogent and well-substantiated way.
This course is offered at both the Standard and Higher Level.
|CA1||CA2||EOY / Mocks||Overall|
|S3 First Language English||30%||40%||30%||100%|
|S3 World Literature||30%||40%||30%||100%|
|S4 First Language English||-||-||100%||-|
|S4 World Literature||-||-||100%||-|
|DP1 English Language & Literature (SL/HL)||30%||30%||40%||100%|
|DP1 English Literature (SL/HL)||30%||30%||40%||100%|
|DP2 English Language & Literature (SL/HL)||-||-||100%||-|
|DP2 English Literature (SL/HL)||-||-||100%||-|
• CA1 – Continuous Assessment in Semester 1
• CA2 – Continuous Assessment in Semester 2
• EOY – End-of-Year Examination
The SIS(HK) English programme offers a range of activiites and events to complment the instructional programme through enrichment activities and participation in competitions.
Some of the English enrichment acitivites in SIS(HK) include:
- Assembly talks
- In-school reading programmes
- Visiting authors
- Cinema/theatre visits
Students are also encouraged to participate in a range of local and international competitions suitable for their ages, such as:
- Hong Kong Speech Festival
- Trinitiy Guidhall Drama & Speech Exams
- Hong Kong Budding Poets Writing Competition
- Hong Kong Young Writers Award
- Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition