The study of English as a native language aims to bring students to a high level of confidence in spoken and written English, enabling them to communicate their own ideas convincingly, to reason and to be creative. An integral part of this study is an introduction to the canon of English literature, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Wordsworth, Keats and other great names in the field of English letters. The tradition of the classical trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric underpins the teaching of English throughout the College.

A regular programme of theatrical productions at Chavagnes enables to experience first-hand the excitement of English theatre. Over the years we have staged a dozen medieval mystery plays, several Shakespeare plays, several musicals, and the tradition continues to thrive.

In addition, pupils are encouraged to participate in debates and writing competitions both inside and outside the College. (With some success: a Chavagnes pupil previously won the UK Catholic Young Writer of the Year Competition organised by the London-based Catholic Writers’ Guild.)

Schemes of work:  Year 7   Year 8    Year 9    Year 10      Year 11

Junior school (Years 7-9)

1st language: Cambridge Secondary 1 Syllabus Framework: http://www.cie.org.uk/docs/qualifications/clsp/secondary1_framework/Secondary%201%20English%20Curriculum%20Framework.pdf

In addition: A special emphasis is laid on basic grammar and spelling, on reading aloud of poetry and dramatical texts,  and on learning by heart.

Boys sit the Cambridge Checkpoint English examination at the end of Year 9 to validate their study of the English language.

Senior School (Years 10 and 11)

Cambridge IGCSE First Language English: http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=852
and IGCSE English Literature: http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=853

Our texts for IGCSE English Literature to be examined in 2012 and 2013
Drama: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
Poetry: Selections from Tennyson
Novel: Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

 The examination consists of on paper containing essay questions on these three texts, plus another paper where candidates must comment on unseen literary extracts.

Upper Secondary (Years 12 and 13)

Those choosing to study English at Advanced Level, take English Language and English Literature, with examinations in Years 12 and 13.

Cambridge A-level English Language: http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/uppersec/alevel/subject?assdef_id=778

Cambridge A-level English Literature: http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/uppersec/alevel/subject?assdef_id=744

Texts to be studied for examination in 2012/2013

Paper3: Poetry of Thomas Hardy, A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.

Paper 4: Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Henry IV Part 1; Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband.

Paper 5: Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Chaucer’s The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale; Selected poems of John Donne.

A choice between coursework or the unseen appreciation and comment paper is made on the basis of each candidate’s stengths and weaknesses.

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