Academic

HARROW INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL HONG KONG

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English Department

The English Department ensures students see the value of the subject beyond the classroom, and examples of how this has been achieved include: the Harrow International Hong Kong Poetry Competition, the Harrow International Shakespeare Festival, (with fellow students from Harrow Beijing and Bangkok), Literature Live and World Book Day celebrations. The Department has also published an anthology of students’ writing entitled ‘The Blossom Tree’. Recently students used their knowledge to create literary resources for displaced children in various refugee camps. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities including: Debating, Battle of the Books, Public Speaking, Creative Writing and Model United Nations, as well as a variety of Enrichment sessions, including: English Skills support sessions for Prep School students and IGCSE and A-level revision evenings. 

Curriculum Information

Prep School (Years 6-8)
The Prep School curriculum is challenging, varied and dynamic. It is based on the UK National Curriculum in which students study a range of skills and whereby the assessment processes help them understand what they have already attained and exactly what they need to do to improve.

Students study a range of genres including novels, poetry, Shakespeare and non-fiction, and during each unit of study they perfect the key skills of Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening. The skills and knowledge they learn at this stage prepares them thoroughly for the rigours of IGCSE.

Senior School (Years 9-11)
In Year 9, students follow a rich curriculum that prepares them well for the challenges of IGCSE. They study a range of texts from classic novels to Shakespeare and master skills of essay writing and creative writing.

At IGCSE, students follow Edexcel and take two subjects: English Literature and English Language; they study Speaking and Listening as a separate component.  Some of the set texts students have studied recently have included: An Inspector Calls by J.B Priestley, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and Spies by Michael Frayn. 

Sixth Form (Years 12-13)
The English Literature International A Level is diverse and academically rigorous; students follow the Edexcel examination board. Whether or not students plan to study English Literature at university, this course equips them with fundamental skills of analysis, interpretation, and essay writing that are beneficial to all areas of study. Students study a range of texts over the two years and recently these have included: Richard III by William Shakespeare, One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey and The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

English prepares students well for a career in journalism, law, media and education.

Outside the Classroom 

The English Department ensures students see the value of the subject beyond the classroom, and examples of how this has been achieved recently include: the Harrow International Hong Kong Poetry Competition, the Harrow International Shakespeare Festival, (with fellow students from Harrow International Beijing and Bangkok), Literature Live and World Book Day celebrations. The department is currently putting together an anthology of students’ writing for publication. A range of extra-curricular activities from Debating and Creative Writing to Model United Nations is offered, as well as a variety of Enrichment sessions, including: English Skills support sessions for Prep School students and IGCSE and A-level revision evenings.

Head of Department: Mrs B. E. A. Nightingale