English (Home Language)

What is Language?

Language is a tool for thought and communication.  Language constructs and expresses cultural diversity and social interaction.  Learning to use language effectively enables learners to think and acquire knowledge, to express their identity, feelings and ideas, to interact with others and to manage their world.  Language proficiency is central to learning across the curriculum as learning takes place through language.

The purpose of language teaching is for learners to demonstrate competence in the Four Language Learning Outcomes.  These form the framework around which the Learning programmes are built and all activities and accompanying assessments will support the learner to demonstrate increasing competence.


The four learning outcomes are:

1.   LEARNING OUTCOME 1 :  LISTENING AND SPEAKING

     The learner is able to listen and speak for a variety of purposes, audiences and context.

2.
  LEARNING OUTCOME 2 :  READING AND VIEWING

The learner is able to read and view for understanding and to evaluate and critically respond to a wide range of texts.
 
3.   LEARNING OUTCOME 3 :  WRITING AND PRESENTING

The learner is able to write and present for a wide range of purposes and audiences using and formats appropriate to diverse contexts.

4.   LEARNING OUTCOME 4 :  LANGUAGE
The learner is able to use language structures and conventions appropriately and effectively.

The four learning outcomes also have the function of developing literacy through constant interaction.

Literature is not prescribed in Grade 10 and 11 as it is in Grade 12, thereby allowing the English Department in accordance with the National Curriculum Framework to adapt the work schedules of each grade of the learners at Kloof High School.  During the case of Grade 10 – 12, the learners will be exposed to increasingly complex texts and will be required to produce more demanding functional and creative texts.