English First Additional Language

Benaderingswyse (tot onderrig)

Language is an extremely important way of interacting with people around us. We use language to let others know how we feel, what we need, and to ask questions.

The following will be expected from you in the classroom

  • Set goals on what you want to achieve in English.
  • Be passionate and enthusiastic about reading and speaking English.
  • Accept challenges when doing a variety of tasks.
  • Take part in class conversations.
  • Use your time effectively.
  • Have fun while learning new things.
  • Respect your peers and teacher

Sillabusinhoud

Themes

We will cover the following themes during the year

  • Life is a Song
  • The Joke in on You
  • Medical Aid
  • Friends forever
  • Killing me Softly
  • Penny Wise
  • Turn back Time

Listening

The learner will be able to listen for Information and enjoyment and respond appropriately and critically to a wide range of situations.

Speaking

The learner will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken language in a wide range of situations

Reading and viewing

The learner will be able to read and view for information and enjoyment and respond critically to the aesthetic, cultural and emotional values in text.

Writing

The learner will be able to write different kinds of factual and imaginative text for a wide range of purposes

Thinking and reasoning

The learner will be able to use language to think and reason, as well as to access, process and use information for learning.

Language Structure and usage

The learner will know and be able to use sounds, words and grammar of the language to create and interpret text.

Vakaktiwiteite

Assessment is conducted on a continuous basis comprising of formal test and assignments on aspects mentioned previously.

Algemeen

  • Additional reading in spare time
  • Reading newspapers and being aware of what is happening in the world
  • Stay on top of current events
  • Open your eyes to the world (Billboards, advertising, cartoon strips)

Skryfbehoeftes

  • Portfolio file for assessments
  • File for additional class notes
  • Exercise books for written work.

Benaderingswyse (tot onderrig)

We live in a world of many cultures and languages and English is widely accepted as being one of the most common vehicles of communication.   Therefore the ability to read, speak and write English is a vital skill.   English is also a subject which covers a great variety of interesting topics and can broaden the student’s horizons.  It makes them aware of what is happening in the world and it gives them a chance to express themselves through creative writing and oral presentations.

Sillabusinhoud

English First additional Language focuses on communicative competence involving the following aspects to be covered in Grade 9:

  • Literature. Learners will explore the features of a short story and read short stories from various texts. Reading will mostly take place in the classroom where we will also discuss the characters and themes of the stories in detail.
  • Writing
  • Language and comprehension
  • Verbal communication
  • Visual Literacy
  • Film study

Vakaktiwiteite

Assessment is conducted on a continuous basis comprising of a formal test and assignments on the above mentioned aspects.

Algemeen

HINTS:

  • Additional reading in spare time  (different genres)
  • Reading newspapers and being aware of what is happening in the world
  • Stay on top of current events
  • Open your eyes to the world (Billboards, advertising, cartoon strips)

Skryfbehoeftes

  • 1 x 72 bl. hardebandskrif
  • 1 x Portefeuljelêer
  • 1 x flipfile

Handboeke

  • Get a Grip Grade 9 FAL
  • Spot on Grade 9 FAL

Benaderingswyse (tot onderrig)

Language is a tool for thought and communication. Learning to use the English language effectively enables learners to acquire knowledge, to express their identity, feelings and ideas, to interact with others, and to manage their world in the global community. English Language proficiency is literally a life skill! Due to the nature of English as an additional language, we have loads of fun while learning the valuable skill of communicating in this global medium.

Sillabusinhoud

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

We concentrate on listening selectively for discernable information and skilfully formulating an own opinion on trivia and literature. The focus is on the development of critical thinking skills.

READING AND VIEWING

Reading skills are developed by practising summarizing skills, analysing literary texts and poetry. Visual literacy by way of critically reading cartoons, advertisements and other graphic material is another exciting element of the syllabus.

WRITING AND PRESENTING

The focus is on writing a variety of texts: various types of paragraphs and essays, as well as functional/transactional writing pieces (such as formal and informal letters, emails, etc). The approach is a focus on process writing, which involves careful planning, editing and rewriting to produce the best effort.

GRAMMAR FOCUS

The usual challenge of cementing tedious grammar structures are taught within the communicative approach. Meta-language (with regards to cartoons, advertisements, etc) and emotive language receive special attention. Vocabulary building is, as always, crucial.

Vakaktiwiteite

A typical term will consist of:

  • various comprehension tests focusing on different types of text.
  • certain language structures which are isolated and practised
  • assessments that test overall language competence.
  • a creative outlet in the form of orals(prepared speeches, discussions and reading in front of an audience) as well as stimulating writing activities.
  • Literature studies in the form of a novel, poems and an inspiring film study (such as Gladiator and Shawshank Redemption)

ASSESSMENT:

Assessments cover oral, writing (presenting information in various formats), comprehension, literature study and poetry tasks.

Report mark = Term mark* + Exam mark

* Term mark:

  • Term Test: 30% of the term mark

Assessment dates for term tests are in the diary.

  • Continuous Assessment: 70% of term mark

Most of the assessment will take place in class. These dates are provided in the Assessment schedule (see e-skool).

Algemeen

WHY IS THE ENGLISH CLASS SO IMPORTANT?

You may wonder why English matters, particularly if you plan to study or work in a field in which you think English is irrelevant. Possibly the most important reason to take an English class is its relevance to virtually all fields and careers. Wherever speaking, writing or critical thinking is required, English class is useful.

CRITICAL THINKING: Analysing literature in English class challenges you to understand characters’ motivations, cultural contexts, and the causes and effects of various actions in stories’ plot lines. Learning to analyse literature effectively not only teaches you how to better enjoy books, music and film, but also how to better understand the causes and effects taking place in your family, neighbourhood and the world around you. English teaches you to understand your world with nuance and conviction.

CLOSE READING: When teachers ask you to closely analyse a poem or section from a story in English class, the assignment usually asks you to read slowly and to look for metaphors, hear the sounds of the words and figure out as many possible meanings for the text as you can. Close reading teaches you to read between the lines, which is important for everyday tasks such as reading instructions, reading contracts, deciding which hotel to stay in or choosing a mortgage.

WRITING: Most people learn to write well in English class. Learning to express yourself concisely, accurately and convincingly is not simply a box to check on an assessment test or a grading rubric; if you hope to write emails that earn respect, to enter any career in which communication is essential or simply to speak with authority, learning to write well is important.

CULTURE: Students learn about their own and other cultures not only through reading culturally relevant literature in English class, but also through discussion and writing exercises that draw on students’ biases, feelings and previous knowledge about human cultures to help students rethink their assumptions. English class is important for helping you appreciate diversity, develop sensitivity and, perhaps most importantly, contribute to the future of culture through your writing and critical thinking.

VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR: Because English emphasizes reading and writing, your vocabulary and grasp of English grammar will improve if you take English class seriously. The more words you have at your fingertips, and the more comfortable you are using them accurately in sentences, the easier it will be for you to communicate with others. If you speak or hope to speak other languages, studying English vocabulary and grammar will often make learning other languages easier.

How to have FUN in ENGLISH – you will be amazed at how easily you will achieve that coveted mark!!

Suggestions:

  • Have an English-only evening once a week. Cook in English (rewrite your recipe in English) or watch English movies.
  • Write an English love letter. (If your loved one doesn't understand English that's even better!)
  • Write English limericks. (These are excellent and simple for writing, pronunciation and rhythm practice.)
  • Rewrite fairy tales, jokes or instructions in English.
  • Go out and pretend you don't understand your native language (try to get by in only English).
  • Go online and find the lyrics to your favourite English songs and sing along to them (use a search engine).
  • Learn the words to English national anthems. Sing along when you hear them on TV (sporting events).
  • Invent an English character for yourself (with a job, family, etc). Write this person's biography.
  • Buy an English board game (like Monopoly or Scrabble).
  • Play cards in English.
  • Start up or join an English reading or conversation club.JTalk to yourself in English while you clean or do the dishes.
  • Go around the house and try to name everything in English (furniture, clothes etc). Look up words you don't know.

Skryfbehoeftes

  • 1 x 72 page hard cover exercise book (Language and Comprehension)
  • 1 x 36 page exercise book + 1 x Flipfile (Literature)
  • 1 x Portfolio File

Benaderingswyse (tot onderrig)

Our children are growing up in a country that is diverse and in a world that is opening up to them.   English is an international language and a means of communication in business, in academics and in travel.   Having a sound knowledge of English allows children the freedom to communicate on a face to face basis or through the many media options available to them.   The spoken work usually accounts for about 7% of communication.   It is, therefore, important that the language is used and experienced not only through words but also accompanied by suitable facial expressions, body language and knowledge of the history.   Exploring the many themes ans aspects of English exciting and allows personal development and grow of the students.

Sillabusinhoud

English First Additional Language focuses on communicative competence involving oral work, creative writing, language and grammar and literature.

  • Learners will explore features of poetry and short stories from various texts. Characters, themes and plots in literature will be dealt with in detail. Personal reading will also be encouraged.
  • Creative writing through different types of essays will be done.
  • Language and comprehension. Comprehension pieces are taken from a variety of genre.
  • Verbal communication. Speeches, reading, listening comprehension, role plays and dialogues.
  • Visual Literacy. This is done in order to understanding visual clues, humour, satire and other figurative devices.
  • Film study. Two film studies will be dealt with: Dead Poets Society and The Hunger Games

Vakaktiwiteite

Assessment is conducted on a continuous basis comprising of a formal test and assignments on the above mentioned aspects.

Algemeen

  • Additional reading in spare time  (different genres)
  • Reading newspapers and being aware of what is happening in the world
  • Stay on top of current events
  • Open your eyes to the world (Billboards, advertising, cartoon strips)

Skryfbehoeftes

  • 1 x 72 bl. Hardebandskrif
  • 1 x Portefeuljelêer
  • 1 x Flip-file

Handboeke

Platinum Grade 12 FAL

Benaderingswyse (tot onderrig)

  • We love children
  • We are passionate about our subject
  • We use the “Communicative approach”

Sillabusinhoud

  • We follow the IEB approach (NSC) syllabus
  • In matric there is no time to play.
  • We write four papers: Portfolio (25%), Oral (25%), Paper 1 (25%), Paper 2 (25%)
  • We have to do 10 compulsory poems this year, and we are reading “The Cellist of Sarajevo” –a wonderful and challenging experience!

Vakaktiwiteite

  • Orals and portfolio assignments
  • From 2015 English FAL students may also enter for the English Olympiad

Algemeen

  • Read often, especially news articles. Students are tested on their current affair knowledge
  • Converse in English as often as possible
  • Keep up to date with portfolio assignments
  • Study regularly and read the prescribed novel at home

Skryfbehoeftes

  • 2 x portfolio files
  • 1x thick file
  • 1x exam pad
  • Post-its

Handboeke

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway