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Διασχολική Προϊσταμένη: Μαρία Βέργου
Προϊσταμένη και Υπεύθυνη Γυμνασίου: Νικολέττα Κανελλή
Συντονίστρια Λυκείου: Ελισάβετ Λάσκαρη

Overall Goal of the High School English Program

To graduate students whose linguistic skills in English will enable them to confidently and effectively communicate both in speaking and in writing, and which can allow them to pursue undergraduate degrees at English-speaking universities abroad.

Theoretical Framework of English Teaching in the High School

1. The Teaching for Understanding Framework of the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Teaching practices tend to reflect the Teaching for Understanding framework set out by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Teaching for Understanding embraces the following principles:

• Clearly defined goals, on-going assessment of those goals, alternative forms of assessment (e.g. rubrics, portfolios and multiple measures), emphasis on understanding
• Promotion of life-long learning skills: critical thinking, ability of students to work independently, the fostering of individual interests
• Student-centered learning through project work, group work, use of new technologies

 

2. The European Dimension to English Teaching

Our curriculum objectives correspond to the Common European Framework for languages, and students’ performance is assessed in accordance with its assessment criteria. In addition, our curriculum is more student-centered and interdisciplinary. This integrated approach to the learning of English encourages inquiry and collaboration, fostering critical thinking skills.

Methods of Instruction and input that reinforce language acquisition:

• Exclusive use of English in classroom, both by students and teachers

• Research and Information Literacy library sessions are conducted in English

• Integration of CMS and other applications of technology that enrich learning experience

• Use of audio-visual aids to facilitate learning

• Differentiated teaching strategies

• English Clubs

• HAEF Forensics Club

 

Programs of Instruction

10th Grade

ENL (English as a Native Language): this program is designed for students who have a native or near-native level of English proficiency. Authentic literary texts are studied in this program.

ESL (English as a Second Language): this program is designed for students who function in English with a commendable level of linguistic competency. Authentic literary texts are studied in this program.

11th and 12th Grade

Electives Program

In the second and third years of High School, students are given the opportunity to select an English elective that best suits their interests and/or learning needs.

 

11th and 12th Grade Elective Courses for the academic year 2015-2016

11th Grade (HS2)

 

Course

Content

Objectives

Current Affairs

  • Current Issues as they appear in newspaper and magazine articles
  • To explore and study current, controversial issues

Exam Skills

  • Focus on components οf standardized language diploma/aptitude exams
  • Students sharpen linguistic skills in order to sit for an exam such as the CPE, IELTS etc.

 

 12th Grade (HS3)

 

Course

Content

Objectives

Current Affairs

  • Current Issues as they appear in newspaper and magazine articles
  • Explore and study current, controversial issues

Exam Skills

  • Focus on components οf standardized language diploma/aptitude exams
  • Students sharpen linguistic skills in order to sit for an exam such as the CPE, IELTS etc.
  • Students practice skills required for ‘English as a Special Lesson’ in the Panhellenic Exams

 

Research and Information Literacy Theme Based Projects: HS1 and HS2.

The Research and Information Literacy project runs for one week in all grades and programs. It is planned and taught in collaboration with the staff of the Athens College-Psychico College Library. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to hone the research skills acquired in Junior High School, which allows them to conduct more extensive research. This is done through accessing, assessing and processing information, using a variety of sources, including new technology. Students prepare a written task as well as an oral presentation.


The Delta Prize Speech Contest: Third Year High School

In 1933, the annual Delta Prize Contest for the best oration in English by a graduating student was established in recognition of the outstanding service of the Father of the College, Stephanos Delta. At Psychico College, students study and practice speech writing as of the first year of High School.