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AS Curriculum

We follow the OCR English Literature course and study E M Forster's novel 'A Room with a View' and L P Hartley’s ‘The Go-Between’ for coursework, and for examination, a selection of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and Charlotte Bronte's novel 'Jane Eyre'.

A2 Curriculum

Students study 'The Tempest’ by Shakespeare, Blake's Selected Poetry, which is compared with Sheridan’s eighteenth century comedy ‘The Rivals’ and American literature focusing on F Scott Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby', 'The Color Purple' by Alice Walker and a selection of Maya Angelou’s poetry.

There is considerable scope for wider reading in the A2 course and students benefit from reading round their set texts.

It is a matter of pride to the English Department that we have consistently outperformed ALIS predictions in the last few years and that several students each year go off to read English either on its own or as part of a joint honours course at university.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

When English is not the mother tongue, and the pupil has been schooled in another language, he or she will usually need the support of EAL lessons when they come to Saint Felix School. These are offered on a class basis, and where the pupil needs additional support, on a one to one or small group basis. EAL classes are taught in attractive sunny classrooms with great views over the surrounding countryside. EAL pupils are made to feel very welcome and we place much importance on their integration in both social and academic contexts.

The trained EAL team offer between 5 and 6 group lessons a week covering all aspects of using English for every day, social, and academic purposes, and covering the four key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The aim is to increase the pupils’ fluency and help them achieve their full potential in the school’s English speaking environment and beyond. Close liaison takes place between the EAL teachers and other subject teachers, to give the pupil the support they need across the subjects. Where possible, links are made between British culture and the culture of the pupil in order to make them feel at home and to demonstrate that exchanging cultural ideas is as important to us as it is to them.

Below Year 10, these lessons will take place instead of another modern language. Above Year 10 they will be instead of the English GCSE classes, and in the Sixth Form they form part of the Sixth Form option block.

The EAL Department runs courses which are as adapted to the needs of the individual pupil as possible. Depending on his/her age and level, pupils will be prepared for the following exams:

  • PET (Preliminary English Test) (usually Year 10 or below)
  • Cambridge IGCSE in English as a Second Language (equivalent to GCSE) (usually at Year 11)
  • IELTS (in the Sixth Form – needed for University Entry)

First Language examinations

We encourage international students to take mother tongue examinations whenever possible. Examples of this are German, Italian, Mandarin as well as the modern languages that we routinely offer.

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French
Spanish
Italian
German
Russian
Chinese
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