Students with English language competency of upper intermediate level or better, follow the 1st language English course. All other students follow the 2nd language English course. Both courses follow the English curricula for Cambridge Assessment International Education Secondary 1 level.
1st Language English
The 1st Language English course develops student skills in English language and literature.
Cambridge Middle School English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information and media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.
‘This curriculum encourages learners who are confident, creative and intellectually engaged and capable of applying their skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with enjoyment and understanding. Learners develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.’
-Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum Framework
English as a second language
The English as a 2nd language course focuses on the four elements of communication in English (reading, writing, speaking and listening). ‘This course is based on the CIE English as a Second Language Curriculum Framework, which provides a comprehensive set of progressive learning objectives for learners of English as a Second Language. They are based on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which is used widely both within and beyond Europe to map learners’ progression in English. The curriculum frameworks are divided into five strands: reading, writing, use of English, listening and speaking. In line with the CEFR, learning outcomes in each strand for each successive stage are defined in terms of what learners should be able to do in English.’ Cambridge Secondary 1 Curriculum Framework