June 6, 2020

Spoken Language (English)

Aims and Ethos
Spoken Language is an important part of life at DSTC with one lesson a week for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students, and forms part of their compulsory GCSE English Language spoken language section. Students are encouraged to use knowledge gained from this subject across the curriculum.

The aims of this subject are to:

  • Help students to learn to work co-operatively with others.
  • Help students to develop their confidence and ability to speak in front of others.
  • To introduce an element of performance within speaking tasks.
  • Enable students to be able to hold discussions, and to evaluate their work, and the work of others.
  • Encourage students to listen effectively, and respond to what they hear constructively.
  • Help students examine how they present themselves in a variety of situations.

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson a week. These lessons will help students to develop their confidence, the ability to enhance their knowledge of spoken language, and give them strategies to use in other subjects, and outside of school.

In Year 9 the lessons are designed to support the completion of their GCSE English spoken language assessment. This section is a compulsory unit, which must be recorded and completed by all students. The result of this section is printed onto their final GCSE certificate. Students are also able to study interview techniques, and examine how to present themselves in a variety of situations.

Students are assessed continually in lessons on their speaking, presenting and listening skills.

Year 7 students cover four topics per year: History of the English Language, The Art of Communication, Propaganda Speeches, and Commentaries.

Year 8 students cover three topics per year: Features of Spoken Language, Features of Storytelling, and Features of Speeches.

Year 9 students cover three topics per year: Debating Skills, Presenting Topics, Presenting yourself.