English in Primary School
At Ionios School English is the first foreign language that students learn. It is a compulsory subject, starting in first grade. English is taught every day.
The methodology is in line with current teaching practices for teaching English as a foreign language with emphasis on equal development of all four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The methodology is based on the communicative approach and relates language to the children’s world. They are motivated to act for themselves and develop their language awareness. There is a systematic approach to language learning addressing the needs of young learners, building the confidence for successful language learning
In Grade 1 & 2 emphasis is on alphabet development and confidence with the written form of the language. In Grade 2 reading and writing skills are developed.
In Grade 3 creative writing and language extension is important as it here that children springboard into their own independent use of language.
In Grades 4-6 the formal structure of English expanded as are the four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Grade 3 - Cambridge ESOL Young Learners Examinations: Starter level
Grade 4 - Cambridge ESOL Young Learners Examinations: Movers level
Grade 5 - Cambridge ESOL Young Learners Examinations: Flyers level
Grade 6 - Cambridge ESOL Examinations: Key English Test (KET) or Preliminary English Test (PET).
English in High School
In Gymnasium (High School) English is a compulsory subject, which is taught four hours a week by teachers who are highly qualified and experienced.
The main aims are:
1. To encourage students to become fluent English speakers and to continue to improve their level of language competence.
2. To develop students contact with and understanding of British culture.
CURRICULUM - STREAMING
At the beginning of the first year of Gymnasium, in October, all students sit a placement test. Based on their performance, in this test students are divided into four different streams. In this way each student is grouped in an appropriate stream according to his/her level.
The emphasis is on teaching English communicatively. All four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking are taught and English is the language of instruction.
In addition emphasis is placed on the boardening of language, allowing students to become confident and ambitious in the language.
CERTIFICATES AND EXAMINATIONS
All students are prepared to take Cambridge ESOL Examinations in Gymnasium and Lyceion. Having followed the preparatory classes, students are able to sit for the following certificates:
- FCE (First Certificate in English) (B2)
- CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) (C1)
- CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) (C2)
The examinations for these certifications are held at Ionios Scholi’s premises twice a year. Ionios Scholi is an examination centre for the British Council.
The books, materials and the curriculum are selected based on the guidelines of the University of Cambridge (Cambridge ESOL) and the British Council, Athens.