Hours taught: 6: 2 CORE classes, 1 Spelling, 2 Reading classes, 1 WritingGoals for the year:• Enhance and develop the students’ reading comprehension and encourage independent reading;• Build strong content knowledge;• Improve and develop the students’ vocabulary and practice using it in appropriate contexts;• Strengthen spelling skills through learning new words and expressions;• Encourage verbal skills through communication activities and self-expression;• Consolidate and further develop various areas of English grammar;• Enhance the students’ writing skills by practicing independent and guided writing in and out of class;• Fully and thoroughly prepare the students for the next academic year.Abilities that will be developed:• Students will be able to comprehend literary and informational texts of increasing complexity• They will acquire flexible communication and interpersonal skills• They will learn how to use essential rules of formal written and spoken English• Improve and practice listening and speaking skills through regular conversation, in-class discussions, oral presentations and class activities.• Read literature independently, discuss the plot, determine the theme, compare and contrast characters, events and settings• Topics covered will include: the modern world, nature and the environment, art and culture, likes and dislikes, leisure time and sports, holidays and celebrations, daily and family life, hobbies and special interests, the future, etc.• Students will produce pieces of writing in which organization, substance and style are appropriate to task: informative / explanatory pieces or narratives with a clearly developed topic using relevant facts and details• Writing skills: students will learn about sentence structure, writing a paragraph, introducing an idea, supporting an argument and comparing and contrasting. They will also write journal entries on a regular basis.• Speaking skills: giving independent oral presentations and participating in class discussions on a variety of topics• Overall: build self- confidence and strength in all areas of the English languageTeaching materials: Textbooks and workbooksCORE CORE is an enquiry based course designed to develop students’ skills and confidence in English.Recognizing the multilingual and multicultural nature of today’s world, the approach supports ourstudents in becoming life-long learners who are agile, independent, 21th century thinkers.The guiding principles are creativity and engagement. About the BookThere are 9 units, which do not have to be followed in a linear fashion, are designed to beaccessible to students in any culture and to promote cross-curricular understanding. ReadingEach unit starts with a ‘Thinking time’ session in which students examine new ideas andencouraged to begin exploring the theme of the unit. This leads on to reading from modern andpre- twentieth century non-fiction, media texts, news articles and genre fiction. A ‘word cloud’ isthere to go with the reading, which can be used to introduce students to new vocabulary, to exploremeanings and usage in context. WritingStudents can also practice writing for different purposes linked to the texts they have read. e.g.creating a leaflet on healthy eating, writing a speech on artificial intelligence etc. All writing tasksare carefully structured, offering step-by-step guidance so that students effectively plan andorganize their ideas coherently, using a range of sentence structures and punctuation to createparticular effects. Speaking and ListeningSpeaking and listening tasks include collaborating on creative tasks such as interviews, giving andlistening to short talks, promoting a charity, discussing topical issues to improve active listeningand oral skills for debates and presentations at a later stage in students’ school careers. Formative and summative assessmentThroughout the units, students’ work is assessed through teacher, peer assessment and/or self-assessment,with the objective of improving specific competencies and self-confidence. SPELLING WORKOUT:Hard and soft consonants, vowel pairs, vowel digraphs, diphthongs, prefixes and suffixes, syllables, regular and irregular plurals, challenge words, spelling dictionary, proofreading skills. WRITING:The focus of the year is on creative writing to introduce students to lengthier pieces of writing and the writing process. The fundamentals of academic writing (paragraph layout, thesis, the requirements for different types of essays, etc.) are also introduced.READING:Reading material this year focuses on the magical. Titles incude: Roald Dahl’s The BFG, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Lewis’The Lion, the Wittch and the Wardrobe are discussed along with JR Palacio’s Wonder. SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS• Age and level-appropriate reading books as a base for communication, comprehension and writing activities• Relevant audio and video material to further develop the students’ listening comprehension skills• Handouts from other relevant textbooks and exercise books within the Middle School Language Arts curriculum• Materials and props for individual and class projects and presentations• Age-appropriate students’ magazines: National Geographic Junior, Owl, Chickadee, Time for KidsStudents’ responsibilities for successful completion of course:• To have a positive attitude and eagerness towards learning• To have a clear understanding of what is expected of them• To come to school prepared at all times• To always complete tasks assigned in class• To do their homework regularly• Contributing to class discussion.• To try to be helpful, responsible and respectful toward one another• To enjoy what they are doing, and learn from itEvaluation methods:• Weekly spelling quizzes• Regular evaluations of writing assignments• Evaluations of oral presentations and projectsMonthly participation grades
In celebration of our English Plus Program's 10th birthday, grades 1 to 10 worked together to create a LipDub to mark this happy occasion.
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