Senior Department Languages

LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT POLICY

1 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1.1 The study of Languages develops children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, so using language to learn and communicate ideas, views and feelings. It enables children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as non-fiction and media texts. Children gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins. Children use their knowledge, skill and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations and also as preparation for their writing across a range of different situations and also as preparation for their ‘O’ Level, IGCSE, AS and ‘A’ Level examinations.

1.2 The aims of the Languages Department are:

· To enable children to speak clearly and audibly in ways which take account of their listeners;

· To encourage children to listen with concentration in order to be able to identify the main points of what they have heard;

· To develop children’s abilities to reflect on their own and others’ contributions and the language used;

· To enable children to adapt their speech to a wide range of circumstances and demands;

· To enable children to evaluate their own and others’ contributions through a range of drama activities;

· To develop confident, independent readers through an appropriate focus on word, sentence and text-level knowledge;

· To encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through contact with challenging and lengthy texts;

· To help children enjoy writing and recognize its value;

· To enable children to write with accuracy and meaning and non-fiction;

· To increase the children’s ability to use planning, drafting and editing to improve their work.

2.TEACHING AND LEARNING STYLE

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in Language lessons, as recommended by the ministry of Education, Arts, Sports and culture. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding in languages. We do this through daily lessons that have a high proportion of whole-class and group teaching. Children have the opportunity to experience a wide range of texts and use a range of resources such as dictionaries, thesauruses and online resources to support their work. Wherever possible we encourage children to use and apply their learning in other areas of the curriculum.

At the IGCSE level :

· A range of teaching and learning methods are used including, pair work, group work, class discussions, individual work, internet based research, regular homework and interactive lessons using the board.

· In addition to covering relevant IGCSE topics past paper questions and examiner’s comments are reviewed.

· Different learning tasks to cater to multiply intelligencies in class: debates, presentations, designing posters.

· Language and vocabulary games.

· Pupils are offered help in choosing appropriate books from the library to improve their reading skills.

· Students take part in self evaluation and peer marking exercises.

2.2 There are children of different ability in all classes. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. The students are placed in sets based on the language proficiency.

MONITORING AND REVIEW

Monitoring of the standards of the children’s work and of the quality of teaching in languages is the responsibility of the subject teacher. The work of the teacher also involves supporting colleagues in the teaching of languages, being informed about current developments in the language subjects, and providing a strategic lead and direction for the subjects in the school. Staff development seminars are held from time to time to help equip the teachers with the latest skills in the teaching of language subjects. Lesson observations of language lessons are carried out in the school. The Head of Department meets regularly with subject teachers in order to review progress.

 

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