This document is a compilation of a number of Lesson Plans prepared and developed according to the Five Categories in Languages, i.e; Stories, Drama, Poetry, Multi Media and Texts from Other Areas, in line with the Work Schedule and Assessment Guidelines. It is meant to serve as guidance for teachers when they plan for Grades 7, 8 and 9 (Senior Phase). It is expected that every effort will be made by the teachers to link the work with the day to day life experiences of learners.
As much as possible, teachers should be aware of the importance of these Lesson Plans. They should build on them and seek to associate work with interest, enjoyment and practical application of knowledge acquired, wherever possible.
An integrated approach was central in the development of these Lesson Plans, integrating language learning with values and themes. The reason was to find a balance of topics and themes which interest and unite learners across the divides and, further enhance problem and inquiry - based learning (PBL)- an active learning approach that involves learners in the natural process of inquiry and problem solving enabling them to take responsibility for learning. Accordingly, the activities in this book should be done and, when opportunities exist, teachers should extend it, ensuring relevance to learners’ lives and yet, move beyond what learners already know.
Teachers (making use of the Lesson Plans Document) are therefore required to use topics and themes that will engage learners in issues of Human Rights and also, Environmental issues. A list of Teaching and Learning Strategies appears in the NCS Orientation Course Resource Book (Intermediate- and Senior Phase) and teachers are encouraged to use these optimally so that they are not confined to a limited number of teaching methods. Assessment tool exemplars are also provided for some Drama activities to assist teachers to develop their own to suit their own situations.
The document further draws the attention of teachers to LO 6 which is, Language Structure and Use, as this LO seeks to prepare learners not only to excel in language acquisition, but also to prepare them for the world beyond the classroom. Teachers should note that the discovery of language structure and use should happen gradually and in context.
It is hoped that with this user friendly document in place, the quality of teaching and learning will improve resulting in improved learner achievement.
WORK SCHEDULE: ENGLISH FIRST ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE GRADE 8