As an IB school, we pride ourselves on being a subject which is full of variety; we study texts from different eras and cultures, providing our students with an international outlook. Teachers within the faculty employ a range of teaching styles, strategies and activities to ensure that our students thoroughly engage and interact with the teaching by adopting the different learner profiles. One day we may be exploring personal experience through writing a poem or composing a chapter of an autobiography. Another day we may be reading a challenging text where the rich and subtle language make it ripe for exploration. We could be debating a current issue, writing our own speeches, or we could be comparing and analysing the ways in which different sorts of newspapers cover the same story. The Language and Literature Faculty at Northfields International School is there to help our students develop as successful readers and writers so as to provide them with an enjoyable time while learning. Our department is fully staffed with competent teachers who all bring forward something special in the teaching of our students and who all come from a range of teaching experiences and backgrounds.
Main aims of MYP Language and Literature
The aims of MYP language and literature are to encourage and enable students to:
- use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression, analysis and social interaction
- develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
- develop critical, creative and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary texts
- engage with text from different historical periods and a variety of cultures
- explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary texts
- explore language through a variety of media and modes
- develop a lifelong interest in reading
- apply linguistic and literary concepts and skills in a variety of authentic contexts.
Main Objectives of MYP Language and Literature
The objectives of any MYP subject state the specific targets that are set for learning in the subject. They define what the student will be able to accomplish as a result of studying the subject. The main objectives for Language and Literature subjects are:
- Producing text
- Using Language
We believe it is essential that we maintain a rigorous reading culture amongst our students. It is through reading that young people become world citizens, develop compassion and understanding of others.
Reading is essential, it will help with the tasks of essay writing, building vocabulary and expanding a solid repertoire of words.
We encourage personal reading in school by integrating reading in most of our lessons. We encourage students to discuss and share their opinions on what they have read by including periodic presentations through various initiatives such as Read Lead Succeed and DEAR time.
It is important for students to discover an unknown world, get lost in a book…
The Faculty prides itself in offering students a holistic learning experience. We like to integrate various activities and competitions as part of our curriculum in order to develop essential skills that are necessary to develop our students into confident young adults who can function successfully in the real world. We also like to do this…for fun! We love a bit of competition!
The Faculty organises cultural events at the end of each term:
- Term 1: Inter-House Public Speaking
- Term 2: Inter-House Spelling Bee
- Term 3: Inter-House Debate
We expect all of our students to participate in these events as much possible in order to develop their skills and in order to contribute to the points for their respective Houses.
The school also enters and participates in all English Speaking Union competitions.
We have prepared and successfully taken students to the finals of both Public Speaking and Spelling Bee competitions.
Our students have also been national winners for the Spelling Bee for a number of years and for Public Speaking for one year.
What it looks like in practice
A Year 7 French Language and Literature students studying the unit ‘Monstre, fais-moi peur’ will question the representation of monsters in literary and non-literary texts from different periods and regions. In this unit, students focus on improving their descriptive skills by analysing the stylistic choices made by the authors to create fear in their readers.
In Year 8, students are introduced to global issues such as identities and relationships. They study literary texts such as Stone Cold and War Horse, developing their critical thinking and creative skills by engaging in thought-provoking discussions about the plots, characterisation and context. This contributes to their understanding of how people have different cultural and life experiences in a different space and time. As they study the Language units, students discuss and reflect on scientific and technical innovation and the role that technological advancements play in their own lives. They consider a variety of perspectives in the conversation about technology and also talk about the price of progress. The overarching themes that are dealt with throughout the course help with the holistic development of students, making them critical and creative thinkers and linking their learning experiences to the real world.