The ability of students to understand fully what they read and listen to and to express themselves clearly in writing and in speech is a critical factor in managing their personal and social well-being. The study of language and literature provides opportunity for students to develop competence and confidence in speaking and writing for personal and public purposes in everyday activities. It also seeks to develop the students’ ability to read and enjoy literacy texts, to explore social and moral issues, and to evaluate the way language grows, develops and is used.
Students explore receptively and expressively three major literacy modes, Drama, Poetry and Prose Fiction, in order to come aware of the many functions and purposes of language. In doing so, they discover that the four facets of language arts, namely listening, speaking, reading and writing are closely linked together and are interdependent.
Syllabus objectives are organised under understanding and expression in order to guide curriculum development, to give meaning to a teaching programme and too define an assessment scheme that reinforces an English syllabus which has been conceived as an integrate approach to language teaching and which enables students to appreciate the holistic nature of language learning.
The English syllabus is organised for examination as English A and English B. the former emphasises the development of oral and written language skills among students through a variety of strategies. The latter provides opportunities for students to explore and respond critically to specific literacy texts as they observe and appreciate the author’s craft.