❝One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.❞
- Frank Smith
English is the main language of instruction and the language through which the US curriculum is delivered and accessed; therefore, it is the most important subject in the school.
Most of our students are second language learners; so how they are taught English is as, if not more important, than what they are taught. Whilst grammar and vocabulary have traditionally been the focus of English teaching at the school, this has not yielded results. The vehicles, reading, writing, speaking and listening, through which they develop and apply the understanding, should be central to all English lessons. With this in mind, from September 2017, there will be a whole school focus on improving the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills of students at the school.
To commence this journey of change, 2017-18 will see the launch of ‘DMES Reads’.
‘Books…are portals to other worlds, alternative ways of being. They give us the opportunity to empathise, to view the world through another person’s eyes, to walk in their shoes, feel the beat of their heart and sense the rhythms and cadences of their feelings’.
- Alan Gibbons
During this school year we will focus on promoting and elevating reading to the status that it deserves, through visiting authors, book fairs, celebratory book days, daily reading sessions and the November Literature Festival; and developing students’ reading abilities and habits so that they are more able to access the curriculum across all subjects. School leaders, teachers, parents, and students will be encouraged to broadcast their own reading habits and their favorite books – so get reading!
“The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination...”
– Derek Walcott