The English Department at Seisen teaches students to think critically about texts and how to analyse writer’s choices, themes, and ideas. The English program in centred on the improvement of English language structure, formal writing, oral presentations as well as dramatic performances.
Students in English have the opportunity to read a variety of novels, poetry, short stories, and plays.
Students in Grade 7 and 8 focus on building the skills acquired in the PYP and using these skills in formal writing. Students further focus on characterization, Shakespearian comedy, constructing and presenting short performances based on play scenes, formal essay writing, oral presentations, the literary devices of poetry, and historical literature.
Students in Grade 9 and 10 focus on synthesising the skills acquired in middle school and using these skills to improve their formal writing. Students further focus on short stories, a personal research paper, a classic American novel, and Shakespearian tragedy. Students gain knowledge of nuances in literature texts in preparation for their IBDP Literature course. Students also work on their ATL skills (Communication, Social, Self Management, Research, and Thinking), allowing them to become better thinkers and learners.
Students in Grade 11 and 12 focus on refining their literary analysis skills to concentrate on the writer’s choices and how this creates meaning. Students elect either Higher Level or Standard Literature in consultation with their teacher based on their strengths and other subject selections. Both Grade 11 and Grade 12 assessment comprises an oral component, a written component, and formal examinations. The texts studied range from classics to ancient Greek plays to modern poetry to Nobel Peace Prize winning short stories. Seisen students have achieved well above the world averages for both SL and HL Literature in previous years.
Drama challenges students to question the world around them, who they are, why they are here, and how they respond to others. As an area within Fine Arts, it moves far beyond words, exploring the world through feeling and emotion. It encourages students to wonder and play, extend their creativity, develop good communicators and effective collaborators while promoting empathy and understanding.
The study of Drama has broad benefits for students of all abilities.