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 teaching, 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 you to use language to:

  • Express yourselves fluently and clearly
  • Make sense of the world
  • Communicate in speech and writing
  • Gain pleasure and understanding from texts.

You learn to do this through: 
writing in a range of styles and for specific purposes & audiences so that you learn to adapt your style to the situation. You will learn to write academic and creative essays, magazine and newspaper stories, letters, reports, poetry, drama and in a host of other formats; 
reading you will read a range of texts to recognise their purpose, analyse style and, most importantly, derive enjoyment. We hope you will become confident, wide discriminating readers; 
speaking and listening in different contexts, styles, and forums so that you 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 Grade 10 and for English A: Literature as part of the IB Diploma in Grade 12, all of which demand a high level of skill in the manipulation of language and the analysis of its effects. We also offer English as a Second Language if appropriate.

We will encourage you 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, we hope you will 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