Language is central to students’ intellectual, social and emotional development and has an essential role in all key learning areas. English is vital for communicating with others in school and in the wider world, and is fundamental to learning in all curriculum subjects. It should be considered in a holistic way, taking account of the integral nature of the attainment targets. Talking, listening, reading and writing extend across all areas of the curriculum. Talking and listening should sometimes be ends in themselves while at other times they may arise as preparation for and/or responses to reading and writing.
The importance of English in the curriculum is recognition of its role as the national language and increasingly as the language of international communication. Proficiency in English enables students to take their place as confident, articulate communicators, critical and imaginative thinkers and active participants in society
The study of English enables students to recognise and use a diversity of approaches and texts to meet the growing array of literacy demands, including higher-order social, aesthetic and cultural literacy. These programmes are designed to promote a sound knowledge of the structure and function of the English language and to develop effective English communication skills.
In studying English, delegates develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and employment. Delegates learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively.
The learning experiences provided in this syllabus will assist students to become competent in English and to use language effectively in a range of contexts. Competence in English will enable students to learn about the role of language in their own lives, and in their own and other cultures. They will then be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings, to participate in society, to make informed decisions about personal and social issues, to analyse information and viewpoints, to use their imaginations and to think about the influence of culture on the meanings made with language.
The approach taken in this syllabus is based on the three main interrelated uses of language:
The study of English should include, across speaking and listening, reading and writing:
Speaking and listening skills are unique personal qualities of individuals and play a role in the interpersonal and social skills which all of us bring to life, learning and work. This programme of study will consolidate and extend the delegate’s ability to:
Reading is an enjoyable experience. Delegate should acquire significant concepts about the nature of print and the activity of reading. Listening to stories, engaging in shared reading and handling a range of picture, story and information texts will give delegates a wide range of experience.
In the context of these activities, delegates should develop the ability to:
The process of writing involves the compositional aspect and the secretarial aspect. The compositional aspect includes the selection, ordering and organisation of ideas and the expression of feelings and beliefs while the secretarial aspect involves spelling, syntax, punctuation and handwriting. Whilst the meaning may be obscured if the secretarial aspect is neglected, ideas, expression and form are fundamental to writing.