TKHC is an English-medium school and as such building a solid foundation in the English language is crucial to students’ future success, not just in this subject, but across the curriculum.
The G7-G8 Foundation Years Programme in English Language and Literature is designed to enable students to establish a firm foundation in English and to arouse their interest and curiosity in the language through the exploration of a range of text types and genres. During this stage, students are exposed to a wide range of literary text-types as well as working to develop fundamental language skills, namely spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). This varied and solid grounding will prepare students equally well for future studies in English Language and/or English Literature.
In Grade 7, students enjoy writing about themselves and their school life. They complete some autobiographical writing and explore a rich selection of both fiction and non-fiction texts such as poetry, folktales as well as a novel and a play. In Grade 8, students learn about how language is used effectively in non-fiction and transactional writing including the news and informative texts, as well as study short stories, a novel and a play. In both Grade 7 and Grade 8, students engage in a joint-subject collaborative unit with Drama where students are encouraged to explore not just the language and literary elements of a play, but also the performative, theatrical aspect.
In the English Department, we see spoken language development as being just as important as the written and reading aspects since effective communication is such a key skill in the 21st century. In lessons, students are frequently involved in projects, group debates, discussions and presentations to develop all-important communication skills in authentic, non-threatening and meaningful ways.