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.
ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE & LEARNING SUPPORT
We also provide the opportunity for weaker students to receive extra support in the English language, through one to one, or small class assistance based on topics they study in their English lessons, such as reinforcing Literature texts and identifying areas for grammar and spelling reinforcement, as well as gaining confidence. Students who have received this support in previous years have gone on to graduate from King Richard III College in subjects such as A Level English Literature, History and Economics, all of which require a high level of English.
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 Sachar and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
Students also study pre-19th century texts, including Beowulf and a range of Shakespeare’s plays. In addition, students are introduced to poetry from across 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. Additionally, speaking and listening exercises are used throughout the courses to build students’ confidence and communication skills.
At Key Stage 4 students prepare for their 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 University of Cambridge International Examinations 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 and writing, speaking and listening exams.
For the Literature IGCSE they study a novel, such as A Separate Peace by John Knowles and drama, for instance The Crucible by Arthur Miller or Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, as well as an anthology of selected poetry.
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 Robert Frost, Small Island by Andrea Levy, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams at AS level.
At A2 level students complete a lengthy coursework portfolio on such texts Sylvia Plath’s poems in Ariel or Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, as well as preparing for examination on pre-20th century texts, for example Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.