The Foreign Languages curriculum at Terakki Foundation Schools is based on the Common European Framework of Languages (CEFR), and meets the high standards necessary for Eaquals (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services) accreditation. At Terakki Middle School, students follow a course designed to build language and language learning skills that will prepare students for their continuing success within academic life as well as for effectively participating in a world where English is the lingua franca and global citizenship is a requirement.
Students engage with English through a range of relevant topics and by using a wide variety of learning strategies. Communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration are norms in our language learning classrooms as students are engaged in meaningful and relevant activities. Often this means presenting work to a real audience; the ‘Convince Me If You Can’ contest is an example of this. In 5th Grade, in addition to their regular English classes, students take an ‘English Projects and Drama’ course which allows students to express themselves in English and to build team working skills and confidence. In all grade levels, co-teaching and a weekly support system (ETP) allows teachers to differentiate strategies, content and assessment to suit all learners’ needs.
Outside of the classroom, the many English language clubs on offer at Terakki allow students to develop their language skills. This can range from competing at Destination Imagination events, to participating in Junior Model United Nations, or sharing recipes and building confidence in the kitchen in English Cooking Club.
Beyond school, the English Department offers opportunities to interact with other speakers of English on overseas trips.