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CURRICULUM OUTLINE | TERM 1. 2017 - 2018
Department: English  
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  • Unit 1 A life's Story

    In this unit, students will:

    • Discuss biographies and autobiographies with a focus on the life of Benjamin Zephaniah
    • Write an autobiography and biography
    • Apply skimming and scanning strategies to find information they need in a text
    • Identify and note down key points in a text
    • Distinguish between fact and opinion by analysing the life of Shaun Ellis
    • Learn how to gather evidence by deciding where they might find relevant information and then select what they need from various types of texts
    • Learn how to sequence a text logically when preparing an essay by using topic sentences
    • Complete a reading comprehension assessment about Steve Irwin
    • Write a biography about Steve Irwin
    • Language focus will be nouns and verbs, capital letters and full stops, sequencing, the past tense and adverbs

    Unit 2 News

     

    In this unit, students will:

    • Discuss how news is presented by looking at what makes the news, analyse the different forms it takes and how we choose to get the news.
    • Explore the features of a newspaper front page by analysing the layout
    • Discuss what makes an effective headline and write an effective headline
    • Learn how the information in a newspaper article is structures by exploring the structure of an article
    • Plan and write an article of their choice
    • Discuss how newspaper articles are chose to suit their readers and how different newspapers tell the same stories in different ways
    • Read for meaning by learning how to retrieve information by scanning for facts, identifying opinions and reading between the lines
    • Explore recount texts by analysing a television news report and practise their recount skills
    • Create a drama role-play and performance on The Hamster Story
    • Identify how writers express a point of view and develop their understanding of how language can imply an opinion
    • Comment on biased writing and how writers choose language and content to influence the reader's opinion
    • Learn how to write to argue by analysing the techniques writers used to present an argument in an article
    • Complete a reading comprehension task where they will be assessed on their Reading for meaning skills about Polar Bears
    • Language focus will be noun and verb phrases, sentence types, exclamation marks, and brackets. 

Unit 1 Advertising

  • Recognising the purpose of advertising and the effect it has on its target audience
  • Identifying examples of persuasive language in advertisements and understanding their effect on the audience
  • Recognising how descriptive language is used in adverts to make a product more appealing
  • Writing a short description of an advert using compound and complex sentences, clauses, prepositions, connectives
  • Focus on writing skills including punctuation (commas and full stops) and paragraphs
  • Understanding the effect of advertising images on an audience
  • Understanding how an advert is made to appeal to its target audience
  • Creating a presentation on a brand new product aimed at a teenage market in a group
  • Develop an argument and look at how to respond to the opinions of others
  • Look at formal and informal language and be able to tell the difference between the two and understand when each is appropriate
  • Learn how to plan a letter and write a formal letter
  • Practice writing a formal letter in the correct format using persuasive language, a range of complex sentences and paragraphs

Unit 2 Drama

  • Introduction to playscripts and identifying how playscripts differ from other genres of writing
  • Understand the importance of dramatic techniques and their effect on an audience
  • Explore how settings can be created and openings can grab an audience's attention
  • Learn to identify and explore the plot structure of radio, television and film drama
  • Understand how characters are presented in dramas
  • Explore and understand the features of comedy as a genre of drama
  • Practice reading skills by understanding the author's craft using the playscript Gregory's Girl
  • Work as a group to improvise a scene
  • Work as a group to make decisions about how you would direct a scene and make notes on the playscript for an actor
  • Plan and write a range of texts, including the opening of a film script and a short scene for a play, using a range of linguistic and literary techniques
  • Experiment with different ways of presenting texts
  • Identifying and understanding the proper use of noun and verb phrases
  • Understand the use of tense (past, present, future) in Standard English and use it in a writing task

 

Theme is Leisure and Travel

Unit 1:  Free Time

In this unit, students will:

  • Discuss free time by watching a video and using expressions of like and dislike
  • Read two advertisements using skimming and scanning strategies
  • Practice strategies for answers reading comprehension questions
  • Discuss preferences and suggestions by using key expressions
  • Language focus is adjectives + nouns

Unit 2: Food

In this unit, students will:

  • Watch and discuss food and fast food and make notes
  • Read an article about fast food and answer reading comprehension questions
  • Analyse how vocabulary is used in different parts of speech by looking at the root word
  • Analyse and write an informal letter
  • Practise speaking by using expressions of opinion
  • Language focus is To- infinitive

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Unit 3: Transport

In this unit, students will:

  • Discuss methods of transport
  • Listen to talks about different travel experiences and a special kind of tax
  • Listen to short extracts to complete listening activities
  • Practise using expressions of surprise
  • Language focus is tenses

Unit 4: Television

 

In this unit, students will:

  • Watch a video about television programmes and discuss different types of television programmes
  • Read an article about television programmes and analyse the language, layout and vocabulary used
  • Read about blogs and answer questions based on each blog
  • Practise speaking using would/wouldn't
  • Language focus is adverbs

 

Theme: People and achievements

 

Unit 1 Focus on reading skills

In this unit, students will:

  • Talk about world records and compare with Malawi
  • Read about some strange Olympic sports and discuss various sports in Malawi
  • Talk and about read about heroes and create a presentation on your hero
  • Analyse various vocabulary and their definitions and apply them to various formats of writing
  • Write a short piece describing someone's feelings when they received an object
  • Practice answering true or false questions
  • Reading comprehension tasks on the topic of Asthma

 

Unit 2 Focus on listening skills

In this unit, students will:

  • Talk about the nursing profession
  • Listen to a talk about Florence Nightingale
  • Learn how to complete a form
  • Talk and listen about the International Red Cross Committee and their work
  • Listen to talks about traffic
  • Language focus will be on talking about the future in the past

Unit 3 Focus on writing skills

In this unit, students will:

  • Talk and read about activity/adventure holidays
  • Write an informal letter using paragraphs
  • Listen to an interview about Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • Read about Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
  • Practise writing articles and letters
  • Give an account of a worthy project which they have been involved in and plan a presentation
  • Language focus will be on the use of either and neither

Unit 4 Focus on reading and writing skills

In this unit, students will:

  • Read about famous people
  • Make notes based on texts about famous people such as Eusébio da Silva Ferreira and Nelson Suresh Kumar
  • Read and discuss about separated twins who were reunited
  • Write a summary using notes
  • Language focus will be on adverbs and vocabulary

Complete exam-style questions on making notes using headings and writing a summary using the key notes

Theme: Education and work

 

Unit 6 Focusing on reading and writing skills with speaking activities

 

  • Talk and read about different jobs
  • Concentrate on skills needed to make notes
  • Practice making brief notes on a various texts
  • Identifying and retrieving facts and details, as well as understanding and selecting information from various texts
  • Understanding ideas, opinions and attitudes, as well as the connection between ideas about different careers
  • Writing in paragraphs
  • Study language for giving advice
  • Listen to career advisory and interview each other about future careers
  • Read and complete an order form
  • Interviewing someone about their job and presenting the information in various styles in class
  • Practice some exam style questions preparing a talk about Indian camels and their breeders

 

Unit 7 Focus on writing and speaking skills

  • Talk and read about British and American spellings
  • Look at methods for recording vocabulary
  • Listen to students discussing a speaking exam
  • Look at some advice and strategies for developing speaking skills
  • Practise speaking in small groups on education as a preparation for work
  • Look at different style and formats of formal and informal language using a letter
  • Concentrate on the skills needed to write a formal letter
  • Write a letter of application for the job in which you describe yourself and your qualifications, why you are suitable, and when you are available for interview
  • Look at ways we conduct ourselves in a job interview and act out job interviews with a partner
  • Write a letter expressing your opinions and commenting on views
  • Practice an exam style question explaining your views

 

Unit 8 Focus on listening skills

  • Talk about different jobs
  • Discuss and write your own CV/resume
  • Listen to careers advisors on a radio and answer multiple choice questions
  • Take part in a job interview
  • Read about jobs for teenagers and discuss the differences with Malawi and outline some ideas for jobs teenagers in Malawi
  • Write a report to a school magazine describing an interview you had
  • Research and produce a recording or video interview

 

Theme: People and achievements

 

Unit 9 Focus on reading

  • Talk about world records and compare with Malawi
  • Read about some strange Olympic sports and discuss various sports in Malawi
  • Talk and about read about heroes and create a presentation on your hero
  • Analyse various vocabulary and their definitions and apply them to various formats of writing
  • Write a short piece describing someone's feelings when they received an object
  • Practice answering true or false questions
  • Reading comprehension tasks on the topic of Asthma

 

 

Extra-curricular activities

 

  • Reading for pleasure and writing practice: All students read a book of choice and write a short piece in various styles of writing every two weeks
  • Speaking: All students participate in debate once a week
  • Writing competition: Commonwealth Class Story Writing competition with the theme of Belonging
  • Group project work: British Council Your World Competition: Hope. Students create a short video based on the theme of Hope.