What will I learn in English?
Both English at Advanced and Intermediate Level encompass a wide range of teaching and learning methodologies aimed at improving and strengthening one’s proficiency in reading, writing and listening skills. Traditional components such as the essay, comprehension and summary tasks accompany a deeper and more ‘scientific’ analysis of language and language use through the study of Linguistics while exposure to literature and literary discourse enhances a holistic approach to the multi-dimensional aspects of the English language.
How will I benefit from studying English?
The benefits of improving one’s knowledge of the English language are almost self-evident. English is THE global language, spoken all over the world and with which major activities in business, politics, entertainment, social media and so on are carried out. It is concomitantly a requisite and a gateway into the academic world of post-secondary and tertiary education and is fundamentally important for all kinds of non-professional and professional employment at every level. Finally, English Literature allows you to delve into the intricacies and nuances of creative language through poetry and prose of a high calibre but more importantly it makes them think about, feel and share intellectual and emotional experiences with some of the greatest thinkers and writers who explore the human condition.
Are there any special considerations?
- Having studied Literature at O Level, greatly facilitates learning and comprehension when furthering studies at Advanced and Intermediate level.
What textbooks and/or resources do I need?
The literary texts studied at GCHSS are the following:
- Atonement – Ian McEwan; ISBN 9780099507383
- The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood; ISBN 9781784871444
- Othello – William Shakespeare; ISBN 9780435193058
- English AS & A2 – Alan Gardiner; Pearson (2008); ISBN 9781408206539
Short stories booklet will be available from the school.
Apart from the set textbooks, you are required to have the relevant packs for both Intermediate and Advanced level courses, including tutorials. These packs are available from school.