The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. – Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher
Language defines us; who we are and how we make sense of ourselves, others and the world around us. It is at the heart of what it means to be human. It is living, breathing, and evolving.
We believe that at the heart of language acquisition and mastery is the use of language in meaningful and authentic situations. This will be driven by an oracy programme where students learn language through active engagement in debates, speeches, presentations, drama and spoken word poetry. Through this oracy-driven curriculum, students will learn how any communication, both written and spoken, hinges upon a clear understanding of purpose, audience and context. The programme aims to develop skilled and confident communicators who can navigate an increasingly interconnected world through its global language, English, and yet retain the culture and identity embedded in their various home languages.
By the end of the programme, students will find their voice, take the stage and make themselves heard.
The English programme aims to develop students who are confident and competent communicators. Through the programme, students will develop a love and appreciation for the English language and its literature. The programme builds the students’ English language competency with various assessment markers and certification obtained over the years in preparation for the tertiary pathways.
The English programme in Years 7 and 8 will focus on the following areas:
- Developing a wide vocabulary through extensive reading, including an understanding of the connotation of words and their literal and figurative usages
- The learning of grammar through the explicit teaching of grammatical structures as well as error-analysis of student work
- Building confidence and competence in public speaking through group and individual presentations, drama, spoken word poetry, debate and structured class discussions
- Developing competence in both reading and producing various text types such as formal and informal letters, fictional and nonfictional narratives, expositions and argumentative essays
The English programme in Years 9 to 10, in addition to reinforcing areas taught in Years 7 and 8, will focus on the following areas, building up to the IGCSE English as First Language assessment:
- Developing a personal style and awareness of audience
- Developing skills of summary, analysis, synthesis and inference
- Developing the ability to structure facts and ideas and present perspectives effectively
Students entering the course will have to take a diagnostic English test to allow our teachers to tailor the curriculum to their individual needs. On top of other classroom assessment, TOEFL tests will be conducted yearly to monitor students’ progress. This will help to gauge students’ preparation for the IGCSE examination.
We firmly believe in providing an avenue for our students to learn an additional language. Students who wish to keep up with their native language or learn a new language will also be able to do so at SIM International Academy. Studies in this category of subjects can be taken at either an examinable or non-examinable level
Currently, students can opt for Chinese as a Second Language as an examinable subject or Conversational Chinese. Other languages may be offered based on demand.