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Overview:

Being competent in English is the key to success in many aspects of life and work. Skills in English Language and Communication are important in most occupations. A qualification in English is almost always required for entry to Further and Higher Education.

Furthermore, English gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of literature which can be very enjoyable, as well as providing a broader view of the world and a greater understanding of everyday issues.

Courses:

Courses offered by the English Department are:

S1 - S3 English

National 4

National 5

Higher

Advanced Higher

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S1- S3 English

In S1-3 students cover a broad range of experiences and outcomes in preparation for entry to senior courses. The types of activities include:

  • Formal Letter Writing
  • Personal Writing
  • Short Story Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Discursive Writing
  • Newspaper Article Writing
  • Analysis of Prose / Poetry and Drama leading to Review Writing
  • Note taking
  • Project Work
  • Literacy Circles (S1 and 2)
  • Close Reading Activities
  • Solo Talks
  • Group discussions
  • Listening Activities
  • Language work
  • Library periods where students are encouraged to read independently and take part in the department’s Reading Scheme.

Homework

Homework can take many forms, and is likely to include the following:

S1 Homework

  • Language and close reading worksheets
  • Writing various types of essay
  • Redrafting essays
  • Research and production of a project
  • Solo Talk preparation (research and practice)
  • Private reading and completing worksheets as part of the reading scheme

S2 Homework

  • Language and close reading worksheets
  • Writing various types of essay
  • Redrafting essays
  • Research for a discursive essay
  • Solo Talk preparation (research and practice)
  • Private reading and completing worksheets as part of the reading scheme

S3 Homework

  • Language work
  • Writing various types of essay
  • Redrafting essays
  • Research for a discursive essay
  • Solo Talk preparation (research and practice)
  • Revision of language notes in preparation for Reading and Listening assessments
  • Work on the Added Value Unit. This involves reading two texts, note-taking and writing an essay comparing the texts.

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National 4

The course comprises of two main outcomes:

(1)  Analysis and Evaluation – this consists of Close Reading and Listening.

(2)  Creation and Production – this consists of creating a Writing Folio and completing a Group Discussion or Solo Talk.

There is ongoing assessment of these key outcomes throughout the course, and a variety of texts are studied.

National 4 candidates must also complete an Added Value Unit (a comparative study of two texts chosen independently).

Homework

Homework can take many forms, and is likely to include the following:

  • Language work
  • Writing critical essays
  • Writing and redrafting two folio essays
  • Research for a discursive essay
  • Preparation for a group discussion
  • Revision of language notes in preparation for Reading and Listening assessments
  • Reading texts
  • Learning quotes from texts

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National 5

The course comprises of two main outcomes and a final exam:

(1)  Analysis and Evaluation – this consists of Close Reading and Listening.

(2)  Creation and Production – this consists of creating a Writing Folio and completing a Group Discussion or Solo Talk.

(3)  Final Exam – Close Reading Paper and Critical Reading Paper.

There is ongoing assessment of these key outcomes throughout the course, and a variety of texts are studied in order to prepare for the Critical Reading paper in the final exam.

Homework

Homework can take many forms, and is likely to include the following:

  • Language work
  • Writing critical essays
  • Writing and redrafting two folio essays
  • Research for a discursive essay
  • Preparation for a group discussion
  • Revision of language notes in preparation for Reading and Listening assessments
  • Reading texts
  • Learning quotes from texts

Please Note: A list of assessment dates and major deadlines is issued at the start of the year.

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Higher

The course comprises of two main outcomes and a final exam:

(1)  Analysis and Evaluation – this consists of Close Reading and Listening.

(2)  Creation and Production – this consists of creating a Writing Folio and completing a Group Discussion or Solo Talk.

(3)  Final Exam – Close Reading Paper and Critical Reading Paper.

There is ongoing assessment of these key outcomes throughout the course, and a variety of texts are studied in order to prepare for the Critical Reading paper in the final exam.

Homework

Homework can take many forms, and is likely to include the following:

  • Language work
  • Writing critical essays
  • Writing and redrafting two folio essays
  • Research for a discursive essay
  • Research and preparation for a solo talk
  • Revision of language notes in preparation for Reading and Listening assessments
  • Reading texts
  • Learning quotes from texts

Please Note: A list of assessment dates and major deadlines is issued at the start of the year.

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Advanced Higher

Being competent in English is the key to success in many aspects of life and work. Skills in English Language and communication are important in many school, College and University courses, and essential in many occupations. A qualification in English is almost always required for entry to Further and Higher Education.

The Advanced Higher course is recognised as an excellent transition in learning from school to university, with seminar-style teaching and a great deal of independent study expected from pupils.

ENTRY TO THE COURSE:

You would be expected to have:

* A pass in English at Higher at either A or B Level.

COURSE OUTLINE:

You will have the opportunity to:

* Analyse a wide range of prose, drama and poetry.

* Apply literary theory to the study of literature.

* Explore different forms of creative writing.

* Carry out an independent study of an aspect of language, literature, media or a combination of these.

ASSESSMENT:

The course is assessed under two separate components. These are:

* Component 1 (the portfolio): This is worth 60 percent of your grade. It consists of two sections, both of equal weight. The first is the dissertation. This is an in-depth independent study of selected texts with a specific area of focus.

The second section is the writing folio. This consists of two pieces of writing in different genres such as prose fiction, discursive, persuasive, personal/ reflective, drama and poetry.

* Component 2 (the exam): The purpose of this question paper is to assess your ability to apply the skills of critical analysis and evaluation to literary texts. This is also split into two sections. The first is the literary study in which you write a critical essay on previously studied texts. This is worth 25 percent.

The second section is textual analysis in which you write a response to an unseen poem or extract from a poem. This is work 15 percent.

Homework

Homework can take many forms, and is likely to include the following:

  • Writing critical essays
  • Writing and redrafting two folio essays
  • Research for a discursive essay
  • Reading texts
  • Learning quotes from texts
  • Dissertation

Please Note: A list of assessment dates and major deadlines is issued at the start of the year.

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Extra-Curricular

In the English department, we provide opportunities to take part in lunch time and after school activities. These include debating club, the ‘Write-On’ Conference and opportunities for students to attend excursions to various theatre productions. We also run a variety of ‘Young Writers’ competitions throughout the year.

Twilight classes are offered for all senior levels.

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