English Language Policy

ST NICHOLAS COLLEGE
MTARFA PRIMARY

DRAFT OF AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE POLICY
based on feedback given by teachers and parents

AIMS:

  • to instil in the children the need to communicate in English;
  • to help the children get away from any inhibitions to speak in English;
  • to create situations where children will find it easier to speak the English Language;
  • to help children value the English Language as an important tool in today’s world;
  • to use various methods from the Writing Process

Over the years the need to improve the spoken and written English Language has been felt.  Teachers are feeling that students are not reading enough while the Short Message System (SMS) widely used in today’s society, is hindering the proper use of the language. Moreover, parents would like to be more supported to better the level of the language of their children, especially where oracy skills are concerned.

STUDENTS:

  • Have to speak English at all times during the day (except for lessons delivered in Maltese), if possible even during break time.Have to learn good speaking manners in English which make communication easier.
  • Should become familiar with vocabulary of things and places that are present on the school premises.
  • Must visit the school/class library every week and be encouraged to borrow books.Should be equipped with a Special Copybook – the Journal, whereby a prompt is given and they have to write about it and then share their writing with their classmates.
  • Are encouraged to make short presentations in English about a topic of their own choice during Assembly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Will participate in literature circles held once a term.
  • In Year 3 and up are taught creative writing through the Writing Process Method.
  • Follow a literacy project of Flat Stanley as from kindergarten.
  • In Years 1 and 2 be engaged in oracy skills planned lessons for at least half an hour a day.
  • Be engaged in planning and writing of creative writing every week.
  • To read for at least 10/30 minutes a day at home and fill in their reading diary.

PARENTS:

  • Have to make sure that their children are spending about 10/30 minutes a day of reading in English and signing the reading diary.
  • Are encouraged to give instructions in English.
  • Are to make sure that children have a dictionary to refer to.
  • Are to help their children learn new words of things found in the home. This exercise has to be done every day.
  • Must make sure that the Homework given by the teacher is completed.
  • Are encouraged to attend meetings held by the school about topics and methods related to the teaching and learning of English.
  • Are to help their children in taking part in competitions where the use of the English Language is involved.
  • Are encouraged to be part of the Literacy Parents Club.
  • Are to make sure that when their children watch television, they are exposed to good English.

TEACHERS:

  • Have to make sure that during lessons delivered in English, the language remains English.
  • Cannot ever permit students to speak in Maltese during an English lesson.
  • Must give instructions in English.
  • Have to create time for making the students aware of the wide vocabulary there is around them at school.  For this reason sessions in different areas of the school can be carried out.
  • Have to accompany the children to the library and help them choose the right books according to their ability.
  • Are to carry out Journaling in class for not less than 3 times a week.  A prompt is given and students are to spend those five minutes or more writing about that prompt.  When the time elapses, the teacher will ask a couple of students to volunteer to share what they would have read.  Teachers are not to collect journals or correct them.  The aim is to make the children enjoy thinking, writing and reading in English without any inhibitions or fear.
  • Are to make sure that different students will have their fair share of making a presentation in English during Assembly.
  • Have to praise and reward effort done by students to communicate and write in English.
  • must adhere to the syllabus and its learning outcomes.
  • collect the reading diary of each child every fortnight.
  • should test children in high-frequency words through various play activities or otherwise.

Revised by:

Ms Joanne Mifsud

Head of School

2013/2014