TEACHER DEVELOPMENT CLUB #08: 3 Main Areas of Form Three English Topics you need to know


Introduction

English Language Syllabus for Ordinary Level Secondary Schoolhas various skills to test students. Most of these skills and sub skills are centered on four language skills which are:

These four language skills have been covered in all topics in a particular class. This article has compiled these topics into the specific groups of language skills. Teaching & Learning Contents of All Form Three English Topics  have been divided into three (3) main areas.
The following are three Grammatical Areas you need to know when teaching or learning Form Three English topics:

1.   FORM THREE ENGLISH TOPICS 1 - 2: LISTENING, SPEAKING, COMPREHENSION, VOCABULARY BUILDING, PRONUNCIATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, AND TENSES.
Topics 1 up to 2 deal with Listening, Speaking, comprehension, vocabulary building , pronunciation, parts of speech, and tenses. In these skills, a teacher and students are expected to have more oral activities than other activities. Other language skills may be applied but listening and speaking should take the most of the spaces. In particular, students have to speak English and listen to various media sources like TV, Radio, etc. The following are all topics in this category:
Topic 1: LISTENING FOR INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES
Topic 2: USING APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE CONTENT AND STYLE IN SPEAKING

2.   FORM THREE ENGLISH TOPICS 3 - 4: READING, PRONUNCIATION, VOCABULARY BUILDING, COMPREHENSION AND LITERARY INTEPRETATION (ANALYSIS)
Topics 3 up to 4 deal with Reading, pronunciation, vocabulary building, comprehension and interpretation (analysis) skills. These skills require a teacher and students to do more reading. Students are guided to read more for comprehension, vocabulary building, good pronunciation, and appreciation of literary texts. All topics of this category can be found below:
Topic 3: READING FOR INFORMATION FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES
·         Reading extensively
Topic 4: READING LITERARY WORKS

3.   FORM THREE ENGLISH TOPICS 5 - 6: WRITING, SPELLING AND PUNCTUATION.
Topics 5 up to 6 deals with writing, punctuation and spelling skills. In this category, students and a teacher are expected to be involved in more writing activities like letters, notes, etc. If students are engaged well in this category, they can be better writers of various texts. They can also be free of punctuation errors. The following are the topics in this category:
Topic 5: WRITING USING APPROPRIATE LANGUAGE CONTENT AND STYLE
·         Creative writing
Topic 6: WRITING FORMAL LETTERS
·         Writing letters to the editor
Conclusion
The language skills mentioned above are just among of varieties of language skills a teacher can use to interact with his/her students. The skills and sub skills of English Language learning should thoroughly be applied by any teacher for the students to have smooth learning of language.
Within 194 or 195 teaching days in a year, the teacher should help students achieve the stipulated class competence, goals and objectives through applying various skills, sub skills and other interactive teaching and learning activities.
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Reference
T.I.E (2010) English Syllabus For Secondary Schools: Forms I – IV, Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, Dar es Salaam.

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