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The Importance of English

In studying English, students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others effectively. English is a vital way of communicating in school, in public life and internationally. Literature in English is rich and influential, reflecting the experience of people from many countries and times.

Increasingly, students are expected to demonstrate high-level English qualifications for entrance to overseas universities. The English department is committed to supporting this aim. SCIE offers a range of Cambridge International GCSEs and GCEs for study as we view them as the most challenging and credible qualifications available at this level.

At SCIE, proficiency in English underpins student success in all subjects. An ability to comprehend and manipulate verbal and written information allows students to extract the most from their lessons, to access complex tasks and to respond with speed and precision.

English is also the medium of communication around the campus and in extra-curricular clubs. A strong English speaking ability will help students enjoy the range of opportunities offered by the school.

The content and structure of the four year English programme at SCIE seeks tofurnish students with the necessary abilities to excel at English and to achieve their best possible grades in this subject. Wehope to encourage a life-long fascination with the English language and to support studentsin their studies and other interests.

EnglishCourses

G1 and G2

In G1 and G2, students pursue units of study that aim to provide success in the Cambridge English as a 2nd Language IGCSE . The units are designed to also offer a broad base of study that will equip students for the future demands of English as a 1st Language, English Literature and English AS Language.

The IGCSE English as a Second Language, Grade C or above, is recognised by over 70% of UK universities as satisfying their general entry requirements for English. The primary goals of the examination-related part of this course are to develop in students the ability to use English effectively for the purposes of practical communication and to provide a solid foundation for the English skills required in future study. Students are examined in the four key skills of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

This course also offers a broad base of study that aims to equip students for the future demands of 1st Language, Literature and AS Language. It seeks to widen students’ general exposure to the English language by incorporating creative units that use non-fiction, fictional prose , poetry and media texts as stimuli for the development of students’ key skills and for their enjoyment of English as a discreet subject.

During G1 and G2, all students will engage in a Personal Reading Programme and will take part in regular, small group oral sessions.

A1

The Cambridge IGCSE English as a First language course at SCIE is a condensedone year course .It is a direct equivalent ofthe GCSE in English that native speaking students take in UK schools. As such, it is increasingly recognised byUniversities as an indicator of an overseas candidate’s ability to function in English at a high level. The coursefocuses on the reading and interpretation of challenging fiction and non-fiction texts , on the manipulation of language to meet different writing purposes , and on creative composition.

A2

Students can opt for either IGCSE English Literature or AS English language

The IGCSE English Literature course involves reading and studying a play, a collection of poems and a selection of short stories. The texts come from a variety of different time periods and cultures and they ask students to think about a range of different issues and themes as well as the methods that writers use to create such texts. Studying Literature is an integral part of studying English in native English speaking countries, so nearly all the students met abroad will have taken a version of this course.However, an IGCSE in English Literature is rarely held by overseas applicants to UK / US Universities and therefore this course may well help students ‘stand out from the crowd’ when chasing their top choice university placements.Also, we hope that students will find that many of the skills of analysis used in this course will be excellent tools when dealing with other texts in other subjects.

Students who enjoy reading for pleasure and then thinking about what they’ve read , should enjoy this course.Any studentachieving Grades A*-Cat IGCSE 1st Language can tackle this IGCSE English Literature.

GCE AS English Language

The GCE AS English Language Course asks you to be able to analyse texts and to compose your own texts at a high level. It builds on the skills developed inthe English 1st Language course and asks students to develop greater sophistication in their own writing - as well as to have greater awareness of other writers at work. Studentsdeal with the arts of argument and persuasion as well as in the skills of writing creative prose. The standards expected to achieve good grades in this course are appropriately high, but the course material itself is accessible for most students. This year, some universities have been impressed with SCIE students due to their commitment to this high level qualification. We recommend that students achieving an A or A* at English 1stLanguage have the most opportunity for success with this course.

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