The British School of Bucharest prides on delivering an excellent education in English based on the National Curriculum for England.
The main aim of the English Faculty at the British School of Bucharest is to promote high standards of language and literacy by giving our pupils a strong command of the spoken and written word to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
Our 100% native English-speaking teachers prepare our pupils to speak and write fluently to communicate their ideas and emotions to others. By putting a strong emphasis on reading and listening, we aim to ensure that they acquire a vast vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. So that by the end of their academic journey at BSB, pupils know how to apply and understand the skills and processes needed to communicate clearly in English at a native level.
Key Stage 3
English is the medium of instruction at BSB, meaning students are immersed in English in most of their lessons. However, the English Language is a subject in its own right. Students are challenged to develop their understanding of how and why writers use specific words or how the structure of a text can convey a hidden meaning.
At Key Stage 3, we continue to build on the foundations of Key Stage 2 to develop students’ engagement with English Language and Literature and develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. It is essential at this point to differentiate between language acquisition and the study of the English Language from Key Stage 3 onwards.
Students at Key Stage 3 may also follow the Cambridge English as a Second Language course, depending on the outcome of their English language placement test.
Key Stage 4
English is a crucial qualification and is required for all further study where English is the primary language. To ensure your success, there are two concurrent courses:
• IGCSE English Language and IGCSE English Literature;
• IGCSE English as a Second Language.
Most students will study the curriculum for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature until December of Year 11, at which point they will be assessed.
Depending on the end-of-year assessments, some students will study English as a Second Language in Year 10 to help them prepare for studies in Year 11.
Key Stage 5 / Sixth Form
At the start of Key Stage 5, the students will have the possibility to start the AS/A Level English Literature course.
The course explores the ways in which readers can respond to texts, considering the context in which they were written and how traditions have changed throughout the history of English literature.
The AS/A Level qualification requires students to use detailed knowledge and understanding of individual works of literature, explore the relationships between texts, and appreciate the significance of cultural and contextual influences upon readers and writers. Students will come into contact with a wide range of poetry, prose and drama, including at least one Shakespeare play and both classic and modern literature.
At the start of Key Stage 5, students will have the possibility to study AS/A Level Media, which follows the CAIE exam board specification. This course can be taken as a direct entry with no prior knowledge or qualification.
Learners will develop a critical understanding of international media through different media products and concepts. The learner will also develop practical skills in production processes and technologies and an appreciation for media and its role in everyday life. Learners will also explore the impact of media across various cultures and how this can influence opinions and values.
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