English

Staff

Head of Department
Mr Stephen van Niekerk : Grade 12 Co-ordinator

Mr Brian Jacobs : Grade 11 Co-ordinator

Mr Declan McLaggan : Grade 10 Co-ordinator

Ms Kirsten Swarbrook : Grade 9 Co-ordinator

Ms Catherine Wilson : Grade 8 Co-ordinator

Mr Fenner Barnard

Ms Lynn Thomson

Mr Jonathan van Niekerk

 

Overview

The English curriculum prepares students for the rigours of University level reading and writing while fostering a love of literature. It uses the analysis of literature and film and the study of language to develop cognitive skills at every level. Classroom discussion forms the primary mode of instruction, but teachers also stress oral and written communication skills. Students are encouraged to be literate, lucid and imaginative in their own expression. The department seeks to equip students with critical skills to engage thoughtfully and productively with literature and language in all its forms.


Brief Policy

English Home Language is compulsory for all students at the school. There is no set departmental approach regarding teaching strategies, methodologies or schools of literary or linguistic analysis; through clear but broad programmes of study, transparent working practices and following the policy of open communication, the department aims to share its enthusiasms, its skills and its expertise in an attempt to inspire all students to perform to their full potential. Though guided by (though not restricted to) the requirements of the GETC syllabi for the National Curriculum in Grades 8 and 9, and of the FET syllabi for the East Cape Education Department in the senior Grades, the department focuses particularly on developing independent study and research skills to begin to generate self-motivated and self-confident students. The department employs a system of streaming, grouping students of similar ability levels – based on their previous year’s internal exam results - so as to ensure that both teaching and learning tempos are optimisied.


Homework and Assignments

For the most part, English is not taught out of a textbook, so homework may take a variety of forms, such as:
Completing work started in class
Completing worksheets handed out in class
Practice exercises / exam questions
On-going assignment work (essays, projects, investigations, presentations etc)
Reading


Continuous Assessment (CAPS)

Continuous Assessment (CAPS) forms an integral part of the makeup of the overall assessment of any language. Students are assessed on their performance in many different facets of the language and these assessments are cumulative and form a large part of the final assessment total. Areas covered by CAPS include Creative Writing, Functional Writing, Investigation and Presentation, Oral Communication Skills and Responding to Text (both literature and language).

 

Tests and Forms of Assessment

Coupled with ongoing work in both Creative and Functional Writing and with regular assessment of Oral Communication skills, students study at least one Setwork (Novel, Drama, Short Stories, Poetry or Film) per term. There are two controlled tests per term, one covering the current setwork and the other dealing with general language revision (Comprehension, Summary, Assorted language exercises).


Notes and Worksheets

Sets of notes and worksheets on various setworks are standardised and are handed out to all students in the particular grade. These should be kept on file and should be used as revision tools before tests and exams. There are workbooks covering Language, the various setwork books and poetry, which have been compiled especially for each of the grades, and these contain most of the standardised exercices which learners complete.

 

Additional Information

The school has an active and a vibrant Debating Society, and all students are encouraged to join this society which meets on a weekly basis and which also enjoys regular debating contact with other schools.

A select group of top students takes part in the annual English Olympiad, where students are encouraged to examine and to analyse challenging topical literature.

Grade 10 students may apply to join the Toastmasters Society, where they learn vital life lessons in the art of public speaking.

Students are encouraged to keep portfolios of their creative writing, which may be submitted for consideration in the awarding of the two Literature Prizes (Senior: Grades 10–12 and Junior: Grades 8–9) presented annually by the school.

Grade 11 learners are encouraged to join the Advanced English course in Literature which is offered in conjunction with Collegiate School for Girls.


 

Grade 8 Information

Curriculum

Term

Nature of Task

Term 1

Writing: Essay - 50 word essay - Narrative / anecdotal writing

 

Functional writing: Friendly letter - Letter to friend at another school / country

 

Oral: Reading passage from set novel.

 

Controlled test: Comprehension / Language - Literature –contextual response

 

Oral: Prepared speech linked with poster

Term 2

Writing: Anecdotal writing & short piece – Haiku / Diamante / Shape poem etc.

 

Magazine project - Research project marked according to rubric.

 

Oral: Listening Comprehension

 

Literature: This taken up by magazine project this term.

 

Mid-year examination :

  • Comprehension / Language
  • Literature (Novel & Magazine)
  • Writing (Essay & Magazine)

Term 3

Writing : Essay & Short piece - Descriptive writing

 

Literature: Short story - Guided response

 

Oral: Interview and debate

 

Controlled test: Comprehension / Language / Literature

 

Oral: Presentation

Term 4

Writing: Transactional & short piece - Informational / visual / multimedia (Review)

 

Literature: Film study - Contextual response

 

Controlled test: Comprehension / Language/ Literature revision

 

November Exams

  • Paper I – Language
  • Paper II – Literature
  • Paper III – Writing
  • Paper  IV – Oral

 

Grade 9 Information

Curriculum

 

Term

Nature of Task

Term 1

Writing: Essay -  Narrative writing   

 

Functional writing: Newspaper report from film - Contextual response

 
 

Oral: Conversation exercise - Issues from film

 

Controlled test:

  • Comprehension / Language
  • Literature –contextual response. (30-20-20)
 

Oral : Prepared speech

Term 2

Writing: Transactional writing & short piece - Reference / visual / multimedia text.

 

Investigation: then and now - Research project.

 

Oral: Listening Comprehension

 

Literature: Short stories - Contextual response

 

Mid-year examination:

  • Comprehension / Summary / Language
  • Literature (Film, Short Stories)
  • Writing (Essay & Newspaper)

Term 3

Writing : Essay & Short piece - Descriptive writing

 

Literature:  Novel - Guided response

 

Oral: Interview and debate

 

Controlled test:

  • Comprehension / Language / Literature
 

Oral: Presentation

Term 4

Writing: transactional & short piece - Informational / visual / multimedia (Review)

 

Controlled test or CTA  (Common Task Assessment) Section A

  • Comprehension / Language/Literature revision
 

November Exams or CTA section B

  • Paper I – Language
  • Paper II – Literature
  • Paper III – Writing
  • Paper  IV – Oral

 

Grade 10 Information

Curriculum

 

Term

Nature of Task

Term 1

Writing: Essay - Narrative writing

 

Literature: Novel - Contextual response

 
 

Oral: Reading and conversation exercise.

 

Controlled test:

  • Comprehension / Language
 

Oral: Prepared speech 

Term 2

Writing: Transactional writing - Newspaper article

 

Writing exam: Essay * Narrative or descriptive

 

Oral: Interview

 

Literature Exam*  - Drama: Shakespeare & Novel - Guided paragraph questions

 

Mid-year examination:

  • Oral
  • Comprehension / Summary / Language
  • Literature Exam
  • Writing (Essay)

Term 3

Writing: Essay 

 

Descriptive writing 

 

Oral: Listening comprehension 

 

Literature: Poetry - Guided response Contextual

 

Oral: Presentation

Term 4

Writing: Transactional - Letter  

 

Literature: Film Study - Contextual response or research collage 

 

Controlled test :

  • Comprehension / Language/Literature revision
 

November Exams

  • Paper I – Language
  • Paper II – Literature
  • Paper III – Writing
  • Paper  IV – Oral

 

Grade 11 Information

Curriculum

Term

Nature of Task

Term 1

Writing: Essay - Narrative writing 

 

Literature: Novel - Contextual response 

 

Oral : Reading and conversation exercise 

 

Controlled test: Comprehension / Language

 

Oral: Prepared speech

Term 2

Writing: Essay examination - Narrative or Descriptive 

 

Literature: Short stories
Literature Essay - examination

 

Mid-year examination:

  • Comprehension / Summary / Lang*
  • Literature Examination
  • Oral: Prepared speech, read and inter
  • Writing Exam* (Essay & News)

Term 3

Writing: Essay - Descriptive writing

 

Controlled test : Literature : Poetry - Guided  response .  Contextuals 

 

Oral:  Listening Comprehension

 

Oral: Presentation

 

Writing : Transactional - Letter of application

Term 4

Literature: Film Study - Contextual response or research collage 

 

Controlled test: Comprehension / Lang/Literature revision 

 

November Examinations

  • Paper I – Language (External)
  • Paper II – Lit (Internal - Film and Poetry)
  • Paper III – Writing (External)
  • Paper  IV – Oral



Grade 12 Information

Assessment for Grade 12 is based on the requirements for the external Matriculation examination

Curriculum

 

Literature

Drama - a Shakespeare play 

 

Novel – a choice of one of two novels

 

Poetry – a selection of 15 set poems plus an unseen poem 

 

Fourth Genre – a selection of short stories 

Oral Communication

Prepared Speech 

 

Reading and comprehension 

 

Interview skills 

   
 

Unprepared speech

Creative and Formal writing

Various creative responses showing control of style and register 

 

Various informal and transactional responses

Language Usage

Comprehension and Summarising skills

 

Editing skills

 

Visual literacy 

 

Control of various linguistic techniques

 

 

 

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