Junior Preparatory |
The aim of the curriculum in the GETC phase is to establish a firm foundation of the understanding of language structures and the relationship between language and power in the context of life. In the FETC phase, the curriculum seeks to broaden and deepen language competencies; including abstract language skills to establish skills and attitudes which will form the basis of life-long learning.
Over the course of five years, boys are exposed to a range of oral and written tasks which will encourage them to use language appropriately in real-life contexts. Through interacting with various texts, they will learn to use language to explore human experiences and become independent, analytical thinkers. Boys will be encouraged to reflect upon their own lives and consider alternate world views. Information literacy is a vital skill in the ‘information age’ which forms the basis of life-long learning. In being taught to express themselves clearly and confidently, boys will be able to justify their ideas and learn to speak appropriately in context.
Language teaching is a tool for the establishment of critical and creative thinking. Boys will be expected to recognise and construct reasoned opinions on ethical issues and values. They will engage with texts that evaluate human rights and responsibilities, race, class, culture, belief systems, gender and the environment.
Various texts, both written and visual, will be used for Literature study through which they will be expected to challenge perspectives and power relations embedded in the texts.
English is a dynamic subject that draws on current events to inspire learning. Various forms of technology are used to enhance learning. Boys are encouraged to read extensively to foster a love of learning.
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