Secondary English

 

English lies at the heart of the curriculum and is both a subject in school and the means by which most of our learning and communication takes place.

Studying English involves:

  • Reading, discussing and writing about Literature
  • Writing imaginatively, critically, informatively, persuasively and in a range of forms
  • Learning how to spell, punctuate and write in Standard English
  • Learning to speak and listen effectively to individuals and groups

As English teachers, we see our job as helping students to use language to:

  • Express themselves
  • Make sense of the world
  • Communicate in speech and writing
  • Gain pleasure and understanding and they learn to do this through:
    writing in a range of styles, for specific purposes & audiences so that they learn to adapt their style to the situation. Students learn to write academic and creative essays, magazine and newspaper stories, letters, reports, poetry, drama and a in host of other formats
    reading a range of texts to recognise their purpose, analyse the style and, most importantly, derive enjoyment. They thus become confident, wide discriminating readers
    speaking and listening in different contexts, styles, and forums so that they can work effectively with others

The English curriculum at the International School of Toulouse prepares students for the demands of the IGCSE exams in English language and English Literature in Year 11 and for the International Baccalaureate in Year 13, all of which demand a high level of skill in the manipulation of language and the analysis of its effects.

We encourage pupils to read good literature from the past and the present as this is a model which shows language at its most effective and helps us to relate to historical, social and artistic contexts, to encourage empathy and experience of other worlds. It is also a means of exploring new ways of expression and brings about confidence, awareness, a critical outlook and a greater sense of personal identity.

As a result, students read widely: individually, in small groups and as a whole class, gradually learning to analyse the techniques and devices through which great writers shape language to give it power, hold our attention and reward us with pleasure.

Curated by: Curriculum Leader for English