Subject: English Home Language

Subject Description:

English is a subject that takes students on a journey through literature while allowing them to develop their skills of critical thinking and analysis, as well as teaching them to form and communicate their own opinions logically and coherently through writing and speaking. English allows students to think independently and gives them the opportunity to listen and respond to perspectives that differ from their own. English is a core subject and is a requirement to pass Grade 12.

Value of English as Home Language subject:

As English is a compulsory subject, it is easy to think that you can just get by without working too hard. This mentality prevents you from seeing the real-life value of the skills learnt in this subject. This subject is the best way to learn and develop critical thinking through writing, speaking, and listening. 

Critical thinking is an important skill to have in modern society and employers are looking for employees who have this skill.


Thinking makes you act effectively and makes you beat the challenges and obstacles you will face.

English is about teaching and guiding young people to think for themselves and communicate those thoughts to others. If you can think, speak, and write correctly, nothing can get in your way of chasing your dreams and achieving your potential. You are given infinite opportunities and influence if you can formulate arguments coherently, communicate well with people, and deliver presentations effectively.

English is also a requirement for most university degrees and most University or College courses require at least a 60% mark for English. 


Even if English is not a requirement, every single course has an English module which requires students to use the skills they learned and developed in FET English.

Skills/Content Carried over from Grade 10-12:

Skill

Content

Writing and Presenting

Essay writing (long), transactional writing (short), written responses, creative tasks

Listening and Speaking

Oral assessments, class discussions, listening tests, debate

Reading and Viewing

Reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature (novels, plays, poetry, films), visual literacy

Structures and Conventions

Language, grammar, and spelling principles applied to all skills and tasks

Grade 10 Curriculum:

Skill

Content

Literature

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Macbeth by Shakespeare
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Hunger Games, Avatar, The Truman Show (film study)
  • 15 poems (throughout the year)

Language

All grammar, spelling, and language rules and principles

Writing

  • Essays: literature, reflective, narrative, argumentative, persuasive
  • Transactional: blog, open letter, email, speech, newspaper and magazine article

Speaking

Prepared speech, debate, poetry recital, class discussions, prepared reading, unprepared reading

Visual Literacy

Cartoons, advertisements, graphs, infographics, posters, film study

Grade 11 Curriculum:

Skill

Content

Literature

  • The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
  • Twelfth Night by Shakespeare
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Dead Poet’s Society, Freedom Writers, Take the Lead, V for Vendetta (film study)
  • Music videos
  • 15 poems (throughout the year)

Language

All grammar, spelling, and language rules and principles

Writing

  • Essays: literature, reflective, narrative, argumentative, persuasive
  • Transactional: blog, open letter, email, speech, newspaper and magazine article

Speaking

Prepared speech, debate, poetry recital, class discussions, prepared reading, unprepared reading

Visual Literacy

Cartoons, advertisements, graphs, infographics, posters, film study

Grade 12 Curriculum:

Skill

Content

Literature: IEB picks new literature every three years

  • Novel
  • Shakespeare (play)
  • 19 poems
  • Film Study: Baz Luhrmann’s directing style: Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby

Language

All grammar, spelling, and language rules and principles

Writing

  • Essays: literature, reflective, narrative, argumentative, persuasive
  • Transactional: blog, open letter, email, speech, newspaper and magazine article

Speaking

Prepared speech, debate, poetry recital, class discussions, prepared reading, unprepared reading

Visual Literacy

Cartoons, advertisements, graphs, infographics, posters, film study

Common Assessment Task – the IEB picks the theme for the CAT each year

  • Essay
  • Speech
  • Class discussion

Students must have read 7 books independently by the time they reach Matric

All seven can be fiction but can include one non-fiction, one biography/autobiography, one book from a trilogy/series

Grade 9 Requirements:

English is a core subject, and all students must take the subject. However, students need to ensure their foundation is solid before entering Grade 10. English at the FET level is difficult, and if students try to keep up their foundations while keeping up with the subject's rigour, they will struggle.

To achieve their potential in FET English, students must make sure of the following:

Requirements

Content

Minimum Marks

Aim to achieve at least a 60% mark for English at the end of Grade 9

Have a firm grasp of the following concepts:

  • Spelling, language, and grammar principles and rules
  • Ability to read and understand literature semi-independently
  • Logically and coherently communicate thoughts and arguments through writing
  • Logically and articulately communicate thoughts and arguments through speaking

Work ethics

Be ready to tackle a large amount of content each term

Time management skills

Have good time-management skills to keep on track with all tasks

Ask for help or assistance!

Be willing to attend extra lessons and ask questions when a concept is unclear

Stationary Requirements:

  • Grade 10

  • Grade 11

  • Grade 12

Stationery required

  • Poetry Study Guide (also used in Gr 11) – R340
  • Macbeth Script – R100
  • Hardcover, 92-page exercise book
  • File
  • Sticky notes

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