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Anglican Cathedral College


English Department
English Language Syllabus 2017-2018
First Form

Rationale: We aim to help students to speak English, use grammar correctly,


communicate effectively and confidently as well as develop their listening skills.
Preparation and presentation of the lesson will be governed by the premise that
English is a second language for most of our students.

GENERAL OBJECTIVES: By the end of the school year, the students will be able to:
(1) develop the ability to use the English Language with precision,
clarity and grammatical correctness.
(2) use enhanced vocabulary in writing and speaking
(3) further develop listening, speaking, viewing, and
comprehension skills
(4) write formal letters, essays and advertisements
(5) communicate factual information clearly, concisely and
adequately, in giving oral and written instructions, reports,
summaries, personal reactions in appropriate language.
(6) give and receive information
(7) read for specific information
(8) read, understand and appreciate literature

Term Plan

First Term Scheme

Week 1-2
 Welcome back * Introduction of teacher and students
 Unit 1- Introductions
 Reading Comprehension- “Cristobal Applies for Visa” p 11 Skill – Skimming
 Eight Parts of speech: Nouns(collective, proper, common, concrete and possessive)
 Countable and Uncountable nouns, quantities nouns which are always singular/plural
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 1 “One” page 167 (Vocabulary-Context Clues)
 Test # 1 – Parts of Speech: Nouns

Week 3-4
 Punctuation Marks (comma, colon, exclamation mark, full stop, question mark and
semicolon)
 Kinds of Sentences(Declarative, Imperative, Exclamatory and Interrogative)
 Eight Parts of Speech: Verbs (Action and linking), Pronouns (reflexive, indefinite,
possessive and relative)Autobiographical Writing (record and update personal goals)
 Autobiographical Comprehension
 Word Matters- Prefix and Suffix
 Complements – Direct Object and Indirect Object
 Test#2 Verbs and Pronouns

Week5-6

 Test # 3 Kinds of Sentences


 Unit 2- Famous People
 Reading Comprehension- “A Legend of Our Times” p 19 Skill – Scanning (Graded)
 Simple Tenses (Present, Past and Future)
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 Biographical Writing (Conduct research for a Belizean Hero)


 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 2 page 168
 Vocabulary – Homophones
 Word Matters- Sounds Effects in Poetry- Rhyme, meter, alliteration, onomatopoeia,
mood

Week 7-8
 Unit 3- Relationships Skill - Skimming
 Reading Comprehension- Extract from Harriet’s Daughter page 27 Skill - Skimming
 Test #2– Tenses
 Complements – Subject Complement (Predicate Nominative and Predicate Adjective)
 Word Matters- recognize and use Idioms and Proverbs
 Eight Parts of Speech: Adverbs, Adjectives ( Proper, Possessive and Demonstrative)
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 3 “An Old Kettle of Fish” page 171

Week 9-10
 Unit 4- Language
 Eight Parts of Speech: Prepositions,
 Phrase (Prepositional Phrase: Adjective, Adverb and Noun)
 Conjunctions and interjections
 Reading Comprehension- “Language” p 35
 Informal Letter: Apology, sympathy, thank you, acceptance and invitation (Structure and
address of envelope) (Grade any one)
 Word Matters- Creole and standard English

Week 11-12
 Unit 5- Opinions
 Reading Comprehension- “Sports” p 44 Skill – Fact and Opinion
 Making Notes- Main idea, headings, numbering, lettering, bullet points (Find out more
about one of the people in the reading text)
 Subject Verb agreement (singular/plural subjects and singular/plural verbs)
 Formal Letter (Application)
 Formal Letter (Résumé)
 Formal letter (Complaint)
 Test# 3 – subject verb agreement

Second Term Scheme

Week 1
Unit 6- Society
 Vocabulary - Homonyms
 Reading comprehension- “My Dad” and Woman Work pgs. 51 & 52 Skill - Predicting
 Unit 7- Caribbean Peoples
 Word Matters- Research skills: Evaluate information sources
 Revision and Practice A – Unit 1 to Unit 6 (Graded)

Week 2
 Reading comprehension- “ A Unique Population” pg 63 Skill – Brainstorming
 Clause (Independent and Dependent)
 Uses of Subordinate Clause (Adverb and Adjective)
 Test – Phrase and Clause
 Types of Sentences - Simple Sentence and Compound Sentence

Week 3

 Quiz- Simple Sentence and Compound Sentences


 Types of Sentences – Complex and Compound-Complex Sentences
 Revision of Types of Sentences – Simple, Compound, Complex and Compound-Complex
Sentences
 Test – Types of Sentences
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Week 4
 Verb Tenses - Continuous Tense
 Summary writing
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 7 page 178
 Quiz - Continuous Tense
 Word Matters- Prefixes
 Verb Tenses – Perfect Tense

Week 5
 Unit 8- Traditions
 Reading comprehension-“ This Week in Kingston” pg 71 (Graded)
 Vocabulary – Context Clues
 Construction Shift
 Sentence Completion
 Expository Writing (paragraph)
 Expository Writing Activity – (How to …) Graded
 Test – Continuous and Perfect Tenses

Week 6
 Unit 9- Myths
 Reading comprehension- “ The Discovery of the Earth” pg 79 Skill – Directed Reading
 Vocabulary - Sequencing
 Conditional sentences (first, second and third conditional)
 Quiz – Construction Shift and Sentence Completion
 Perfect infinitives
 Words Matter – Sequence Markers

Week 7
 Narrative Writing (picture story) pg 87
 Narrative Writing Activity (Essay – Structure and Elements) Graded
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 9 “The Ant and the Grasshopper” page 182
 Construction Shift
 Sentence Completion

Week 8
 Unit 10- Legends
 Vocabulary - Homographs
 Reading Comprehension- “ Brave Boy Rap” pg 88 Skill – Comparing and Contrasting
 Problem Verbs (sit and set, lie and lay)
 Report Writing
 Report Writing Activity page 77

Week 9
 Write a Publish News Story
 Descriptive Writing – Describing a person
 Test – Problem Verbs, Conditional Sentences, Perfect Infinitives
 Unit 11- Celebrations
 Vocabulary - Heteronyms
 Reading Comprehension- “ Dancing the Dragon” pg 95 Skill -
 Jouvert Morning” pg 95 - Recitation in costume (Graded)

Week 10
 Construction Shift
 Sentence Completion
 Verb - Transitive and Intransitive
 Word Matters- use a thesaurus to select adjectives
 Descriptive Writing – Describe celebration
 Quiz – Transitive and Intransitive
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment “Mystery of the Missing Necklace” page 184
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Week 11
 Verb - Active and Passive Voice
 Unit 12- Mysteries
 Reading comprehension- “ The Listeners” pg. 104 Skill – Deducing Implied Meaning
 Words Matter- Review of imagery hyperbole
 Formal Letter – (Order)
 Revision and Practice B - page 110

Week 12
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 12 “Old Higue” page 189
 Reviewing a Poem – page 109
 Writing Activity – Write a review of “The Listeners” page 104
 Formal Letter (Graded)

Third Term Weekly Scheme

Week 1
 Unit 13- Natural Disasters
 Reading comprehension- “ Floods Wreak Havoc in Dominican Republic” pg 116 Skill –
Summarizing
 Reading comprehension- “ The Model Student” pg.139 Skill - Summarization
 Words Matter- Problem words using a spell checker
 Descriptive Writing (Hurricane experience)
 Sentence Patterns – (Simple, Complete and Compound Subjects and Predicates)

Week 2
 Unit 14- Pollution
 Reading Comprehension- “ Have your Say” pg 123
 Verbals – Participial, Gerund and Infinitive
 Vocabulary –Jargon
 Paragraph Structure (Topic, Supporting [unity and coherence] and Concluding)

Week 3
 Test-Verbals
 Debate – Format
 Construction Shift
 Sentence Completion
 Vocabulary – Antonyms
 Debate (Graded)

Week 4
 Argumentative Writing- Essay planning: Introduction, points for and against, and
conclusion
 Argumentative Activity
 Construction Shift Cont’d
 Unit 15- Healthy Living
 Vocabulary - Analogies
 Reading Comprehension- “ You are what you Eat” pg 132 Skill – Identification of
Persuasive Language

Week 5
 Quiz-Construction Shift
 Vocabulary – Synonyms
 Sentence Completion
 Double Negatives and Double Comparisons,
 Persuasive Writing
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 15 “Healthy Living for Young People” page 194
 Persuasive Writing Activity
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Week 6
 Persuasive Writing (Graded)
 Test - Double Negatives, Double Comparison, Punctuations and Direct Speech
 Unit 16- Theatre
 Direct Speech (Double and Single Quotation Marks) and Punctuation (Hyphen,
Apostrophe and Brackets)
 Language Matters – Reported Speech page 150
 Equivalent Sentences
 Drama based on play “The Model Student” and execute. (Graded)

Week 7
 Unit 17- “The School Now” page 146
 Paragraph- Narrative Writing (structure, chronological order and transitions and first and
third person narrative) (Graded)
 Reading Comprehension – “The Audition” page 147
 Punctuation: Ellipsis
 Words Matter – Connectives: Adding information, Emphasizing, Giving Examples
 Functional Writing – Write a press release page 153
 Test - Double Negatives, Double Comparison, Punctuations and Direct Speech

Week 8
 Unit 17- “The School Now” page 146
 Equivalent Sentences
 Sentence Completion
 Reading Comprehension – “The Audition” page 147
 Punctuation: Ellipsis
 Language Matters – Reported Speech page 150
 Words Matter – Connectives: Adding information, Emphasizing, Giving Examples
 Functional Writing (Programs and Press Releases) – Write a press release page 153
(Graded)

Week 9
 Quiz –Reported Speech, Ellipsis
 Unit 18 – “Cinema”
 Reading Comprehension – “Craig Griffith: Sci-fi-Fanatic page 155
 Punctuation – brackets and dash
 How to write a film review
 Write a film review (Graded)

Week 10
 Revision and Practice C – page 162 – 165
 Construction Shift
 Sentence Completion
 Reading Comprehension – Enrichment 16 “When My Father Comes Home” page 196
 News Report: Write a newspaper report of Steve’s crime. Create an eye-catching
headline and use clip art to illustrate your article.
 Quiz – brackets and dash

Week 11
Review Week

Week 12
Exam