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The IEB offers Advanced Programme English as an extension of NSC English Home Language. In the Advance Programme English handbook states:
“The Naric Report of 2010 stated that the IEB English Home Language examination is certainly comparable with the A level standard. AP English is aimed at increasing the number of learners who, through competence and desire, enter Higher Education to pursue a career in which English features strongly. Advanced Programme English is an extension and challenge for learners who demonstrate a greater than average ability in, or enthusiasm for English. The knowledge gained from being exposed to the Advanced English Programme is anticipated to engender a passion for literature as well as providing learners with the opportunity to demonstrate their personal voice in response to their chosen texts. It is envisaged as providing a good grounding for those learners who will have gained the necessary skills to be able to cope with the rigours of a first year tertiary English course. This report has found that the AP English offered by the IEB in South Africa can be considered broadly comparable to overall GCE A level standard."
The AP English learner will therefore be able to:
· Draw on the recommended texts as well as other texts that they have encountered.
· Draw broadly on their experience of a variety of texts.
· Apply their knowledge, compare and contrast, analyse and critique both seen and unseen texts.
· Reflect philosophically on the texts they have studied.
· Present sophisticated, well-structured and clearly substantiated responses which synthesises their personal views in relation to the variety of texts which they have studied.
AP English workshops are held on Monday afternoons from 3:15 – 5:00pm. There is no additional charge levied for the tuition of this course. However, there is an amount (R700) to be paid for the final Grade 12 examination. Boys will also need to purchase the plays and/or novels to be studied.
Please follow the link below to peruse the subject policy within the website’s policy library:
St Benedict's College Policy Library
Advanced Programme English is only available in Grades 10 – 12. Boys begin the course in the final term of their Grade 10 year and progress to Grade 12.
The boys will commence the reading of texts for the course in Grade 10 and 11 although there will be no assessment in Grade 10. It is envisaged that learners will be self-motivated to read and engage with the texts in their own time. Teaching time will be limited to no more than one or two tutorials a week [which will not be timetabled into the school day and thus will be conducted outside of school hours]. No evidence of school-based assessment is required [ie. No portfolio].
Students will write one three hour examination in Matric.
The curriculum requires boys to cover 2 schools of Poetry and a choice will be made for 2 of the following 3 options: Prose, Drama and Film. Boys will need to read broadly across the chosen sections to be able to do justice to the demands of the questions. Studying one text will not be sufficient preparation for the rigour of the questions that will be asked. The English Department will choose 2 out of 3 of the following options to be studied:
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