English

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Staff

Subject Head and Grade 12 Co-ordinator
Stephen van Niekerk: BA, BEd (UPE)
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Grade 11 Co-ordinator
Kirsten Swarbrook: BA (Psych) (Hons) (Stell), PGCE
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Grade 10 Co-ordinator
Declan McLaggan: BEd (SFET)
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Grade 9 Co-ordinator
Matthew Osborne
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Grade 8 Co-ordinator
Lynn Furstenburg: BA (Hons) (UNISA), PGCE (UNISA), LTCL (Trinity College)
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Catherine Wilson: BA (UJ), PGCE (UNISA)
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Fenner Barnard: BA (Rhodes), Dip. Rugby Theory & Practice (SAIR Stellenbosch), PGCE (UNISA)
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Jonathan van Niekerk: BA MCC (NMMU), PGCE (Cum Laude) (NMMU)
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Judith Parfitt: BA (Mus), HDE (UPE), FDE (RAU)
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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 optimised.

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 Assessments

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

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

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

Grade 10

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

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 / Language*
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
Comprehension / Language/Literature revision
November Examinations
Paper I – Language (External)
Paper II – Lit (Internal – Film and Poetry)
Paper III – (External)
Paper IV – Oral

Grade 12

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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