ENGLISH

CS Education Primary English Lesson Books have been prepared to reflect the Australian Curriculum which is designed to support 21st century learning. Under this curriculum, the English Content Structure comprises three strands: Language, Literature & Literacy which collectively focuses on developing students knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing. Hence, we have taken every care to incorporate an inclusive curriculum which aims to ensure that our students

  • Learn to read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on a wide collection of texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • Appreciate, enjoy and use English language in all its variations and develop the ability to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, entertain, persuade and argue.
  • Develop interest and skills in appreciating the aesthetic aspects of texts and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

In line with these aims, our English Lesson Books have been prepared to address the teaching & learning outcomes of the Australian Curriculum. Each Unit of the book has been organised around the key concepts of the 3 interrelated strands that support students understanding and learning of English.

Reading Comprehension

Each unit commences with a Reading Strategy to provide students the skills to read and comprehend successfully. Subsequent exercises comprise Reading Comprehension tasks in which students demonstrate their ability to interpret, analyse & evaluate texts with appropriateness, accuracy, confidence and fluency. Varied multimodal reading texts are sourced from different cultures, historical periods & genres. Students learn to comprehend what they read and view by applying reading strategies, contextual, semantic & grammatical knowledge. With these reading & language skills, they develop more sophisticated processes for interpreting, analysing, evaluating and critiquing ideas, information and issues from a variety of sources. In the course of the term, various reading strategies will be taught.

Writing

Students apply knowledge learned in other interrelated areas to create meaningful texts. They are taught the skills of writing a range of texts and are expected to create similar texts in the course of the term. Further development of the writing skill is done in our Supplementary Writing Course. Here, students are taught how to apply knowledge they have learnt to write with clarity, authority and novelty a range of written texts that entertain, inform and persuade audiences. Students learn how to strategically select key aspects of a topic & language, edit for enhanced meaning and effect by refining ideas, re-ordering sentences, adding or substituting words for clarity and removing repetitions. The learning outcome of this course sees the creation of new texts which are clear, effective, informative and innovative.

Listening & Speaking

Students are exposed to these skills in the English lessons. However, these skills are taught specifically during the Holiday Courses, for example in Public Speaking, Poetry Recitation & Oral Presentation.

Viewing

Today? literacy skills include interpreting and understanding visual texts. To this end, some of our reading & writing tasks include visuals such as cartoons, graphs, charts & pictures. Students are trained to interpret these texts appropriately.

CS Education English Lesson Books contain language exercises in which students learn the patterns & purposes of the English language including spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation at the word, sentence and extended writing levels. In learning the language conventions formally, our students are able to communicate effectively through coherent, well-structured sentences and texts.

A supplementary booklet Word Knowledge provides further language practice on syntax (structure) & semantics (meaning) at word and sentence levels. On the whole, these tasks help students understand how language works and only with this understanding can they create meaningful effective writing later on.

Our English Lessons incorporate a Literature Section: Novel Study with the aim of engaging students in the study of a literary text which may have personal, cultural, social or aesthetic value to them. Here, students read, interpret, appreciate and respond to the text by answering questions based on it. Usually an extension of this response is required at the end of the term whereby students evaluate the literary text they have read and respond to it in writing. Students are also exposed to other forms of literature such as poetry in the English Lessons. An extension of literary response & creation of literary texts is incorporated in the Supplementary Writing Course.