The study of English at King Richard III College, Mallorca, follows the National Curriculum of England and Wales, in a format tailored to the varied needs of the international community of students at our school. English Language is taught alongside English Literature and the study of one informs the other throughout the years in Secondary School. We cater to all levels of English ability: first language, proficient second language speakers and complete beginners
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, Years 7 to 9, students learn to explore the variety of the English language. Study includes literary analysis of contemporary novels such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne,Holes by Louis Sacher and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon. Students also study pre 19th century texts, including a range of Shakespeare’s plays. In addition students are introduced to poetry from across a range of cultures and times.
Much of the Language study evolves out of the literary texts. Students learn how to write for a wide range of audience and purposes.
There is also explicit teaching of English grammar, spelling and punctuation. Speaking and listening exercises are used throughout the courses to build students’ confidence and communication skills
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 students prepare for their IGCSE First Language English or English as a Second Language IGCSE qualifications. Students may also be prepared for IGCSE English Literature. All qualifications are accredited by the Univeristy of Cambridge International Examinations Board or Edexcel Examination Board.
Study builds upon the skills learned at Key Stage 3, with students preparing for the examined First Language Reading Paper and coursework components. Second Language students prepare reading, writing and speaking exams. For the Literature IGCSE they study a novel, such as To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, drama, for instance A View From the Bridge by Arthur Miller and an anthology of selected poetry.
Key Stage 5
In Key Stage 5, students study the Cambridge AS and A2 level English Literature course which includes a broad range of texts, such as the poetry of Wilfred Owen or Ted Hughes, A Passage to India by E. M. Forster, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn at AS level. At A2 level students cover texts such as Othello, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as Rossetti’s poetry.