FIRST CLASS (Junior level)English and Literature are not formally separated at this level. The two English classes a week include both nuts and bolts language work and literature.
Literature here includes poems, short stories, films, and gaming. We look at how language is used, and how these kinds of literature are structured.Items chosen are carefully selected to appeal through dramatic situations, or popular themes like animals, gaming, outer space and technology.
Parents can help a great deal by encouraging whatever young people are willing to read, from gaming handbooks and comics to Shakespeare! It is all words and logic, and it all trains the brain.
Homework trains in answering questions clearly, with logic and imagination. Some topics ask for especially thoughtful work examining moral issues.
In addition to the two English classes we also have a Storytelling hour which focuses on how stories are constructed, in films, games,and books. This is a lively, very much liked session.
SENIORS (Intermediate level)
Similar to the junior level there is no strict division of classes between English Language and Literature. Literary pieces include a small Chaucer item; mythology; a selection of poems; early science fiction such as Huxley's "Brave New World," and "The Machine."
Students are encouraged to take a critical approach, with their own independent thinking. The skills of comprehension are used to closely examine a text. Summary (precis and paraphrase skills are trained, together with research skills and university style formal quotation.
SCHOLARS (IGCSE Exam level)
The exam syllabus followed requires study of one full length novel, one full length play, and a collection of poetry. The two full length texts are:
"Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen.
"The Importance of Being Ernest" by Oscar Wilde.
Each of these take a full term to study. The historical context is examined in terms of political and economic issues. Then we analyse the plot structure, undertake character analysis, and identify key themes. Key excerpts are examined in depth to grasp the style of language, and humour which is a delightful aspect of both texts.
Students are required to obtain any video of each of these stories to bring them to life for a modern visual generation.
The poems collection is very varied but large, so it adds two terms to the course. The emphasis is on both content and use of language, together with imaginative interpretation. Finally the advanced skill of comparison is trained, which develops fast, logical thinking.