This course is designed to help students develop their English-language communication skills, while improving their fluency in the language and confidence in their ability to use it. Students will develop critical and creative thinking skills as they interpret and create a variety of literary, informational, and media texts. The course focuses on the use of strategies for the clear and correct communication of ideas, information, and opinions in contexts that are relevant to students’ lives.

Modules

Be Entertained

This unit focuses on drama and media. Students read, view, and listen to various forms of dialogue and scripts: comic strips, radio plays, television scripts, stage productions of literary works, and ads. They become familiar with elements of fiction, media conventions, and the characteristics of drama as they explore the genres of comedy, mystery, and horror, including a radio play based on Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein.Students apply their writing skills and oral communication skills in the production of their own scripts. Students develop their ability to apply textual cues, spelling patterns, and language conventions regarding punctuation and capitalization.

Be Imaginative

This unit focuses on narration and the short story. Students read, view, and listen to various forms of narration: myths, tales, and legends, as well as horror stories, personal narratives, and survival stories. They become familiar with elements of fiction and non-fiction and the characteristics of the short story as they explore various genres of narration.Students apply their oral communication skills to present their views on an issue. Students produce a personal narrative, read a short story, and write a sequel to this story for summative assessment purposes. Students develop their ability to identify and correct sentence errors, to combine sentences, and to write homophones correctly.

Be Expressive

This unit focuses on poetry and the novel. Students read and listen to various forms of poetry as they become familiar with the poetic techniques and elements. Students interpret poems of their choice on a selected theme. Students apply reading strategies and their knowledge of literary elements to interpret and respond to a mystery novel. Students develop their ability to identify and write different types of sentences, to use apostrophes correctly, and to apply various spelling strategies.

Be Informed

This unit focuses on non-fiction. Students become familiar with elements of the news report, the research report, and the expository text. They analyse and assess various sources of information as they conduct research and explore various issues. They also compare an account of a true event with its movie version. Students apply their writing skills and oral communication skills in the production and presentation of a research report. Students produce a pamphlet and read an informational text for summative assessment purposes. Students develop their knowledge of verbs as well as their ability to apply spelling patterns and the language conventions regarding subject-verb agreement and pronoun cases.