Language learning opens doors and creates opportunities for our young people, at a stage where globalisation encourages travel and job opportunities across the world. Here at Gulf English School l, we teach modern foreign languages to extend horizons and offer our students a different vision of life.
In a multicultural school like ours, it makes sense for students to learn a modern foreign language. The study of a language develops a variety of skills – communication, presentation, problem solving, organisation and independence. These skills can give another dimension to students’ future career choices.
Students will study French from Year 7 to Year 9.
Students can select courses delivered by the department as part of their GCSE options. The department offers students the opportunity to study GCSE French.
The MFL department uses a wide range of resources to support students. We use the textbooks Expo 1,2,3 and 4 for French. Teachers and students have access to a number of language software and websites to use in class and at home.
We are a highly successful department, with the aim of encouraging all our students to enjoy the subject as much as we do through interactive lessons and engaging subject material. The department is comprised of 7 teachers.
The Curriculum: English is taught in Years 7-9 and at the start of the IGCSE courses, students either take CIE IGCSE English as a Second language or First Language and in the 6th Form English Literature. Students are taught in Form Groups in Year 7 to 9 then set according to ability for IGCSE courses
Students cover three areas of language
Speaking and Listening – individually, in groups and in role. This is where students demonstrate their ability to speak effectively, using standard English and a wide vocabulary. They also learn to listen closely and respond appropriately to others.
Reading – fiction (poetry, prose and drama) and non-fiction. Students will enjoy whole class reading of novels, plays and poems, where they will be encouraged to think actively about how the texts work and the effects they can have on the reader. Classes will explore possible meanings and examine techniques used by writers for specific purposes. Students will also study non-fiction texts such as leaflets, brochures, websites, advertisements, newspaper/magazine articles, reviews and letters. As above, they will be taught to examine these texts and explore how they achieve their purpose and suit their target audience.
Writing – fiction and non-fiction. Students will learn to write accurately and effectively. They are taught how to use standard English spelling, punctuation and grammar and encouraged to apply this to their writing to make it effective. They are also taught techniques of writing and how to match their style of language to purpose and target audience.
- To develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing necessary to communicate with others confidently, accurately, effectively and appropriately.
- To speak and write with imagination and precision, in a variety of forms and for different audiences.
- To become critical readers of a range of fiction and non-fiction.
- To foster a lifelong interest in the written and spoken word.
- To read widely and independently and, in doing so, to explore the moral, spiritual, cultural and social values of other contexts.
- To encourage a sense of responsibility and respect for others
To foster the qualities of independence, self-discipline, creativity and initiative to meet the challenges of the future with confidence
At Key Stage 3, students study language and literature. Students enjoy a breadth of fiction, non-fiction and media texts as well as developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Students study a variety of contemporary poetry, prose and drama texts as well texts from the English Literary Heritage.
At IGCSE, students can opt to take GCSE English Literature.
It is important to remember that Egypt does not accept English Literature and English Language IGCSEs as different subjects. Egypt will only accept it as 1 I/GCSE choice.