Showing posts with label Curriculum. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

English Curriculum from classes 4-10

    Ministry of Education
    Darla Middle Secondary School
    Chhukha Bhutan
    Format for school level Curriculum Conferences

    5th to 6th September 2016
    Class
    Chapter/
    Topic/
    Page No
    Abstracts
    Area of concern
    Short Term
    Average Term
    Long Term




    Can be corrected and implemented by 2017
    Requires 2 to 3 years to update and implement
    Can be updated and implemented from 2020
    iv
    17-23
    Story, Siena’s fun run









    -Not relevant to Bhutanese context.
    Use of western names – could have used Bhutanese names which would be easier for the students to remember.
    -repeated


    -Remove the text
    -replace with a short and meaningful one

    36-44
    Some small mammals in Bhutan.(essay)
    Wild builders(essay)
    Dangerous animals! Bees and Wasps, Tiger and Crocodile(essay)











    -Informational Text
    -could go for one essay in the theme.
    -title needs to be changed to “some dangerous animals”






    -could go for one essay in the theme.
    -title needs to be changed to “some dangerous animals”



    Everyone knows what a Dragon looks like.(story)
    89
    -Little Kay(story)
    Pg 80






    -could have more Bhutanese folktales.
    -could be replaced by Bhutanese folktales
    -lengthy and high standard


    -could be replaced by Bhutanese folktales


    Underground road to freedom(poem)
    Pg 169






    -concepts like slavery and freedom are difficult to convey.
    -figurative/symbolic meaning is difficult to convey

    -it can be included in higher classes.



    The streets are free(essay)
    Pg 204

    -lengthy

    -replace with a better article and short essay

    V
    59-63
    Getting Along: A How- To Manual(essay






    -small letter size
    -inappropriate in Bhutanese Context
    -inappropriate in Bhutanese context



    1. Remove the text and include Bhutanized text related to friendship


    Jean Claude’s Island(story)




    -lengthy



    replace with a short and meaningful one

    83-91
    Listen with your eyes(essay)
    117- “Here in North America….”

    -shows that the text is not appropriate in Bhutanese context.

    -use ‘There’ while teaching




    127-129Jessie’s Island(Essay)


    -letter Format
    -No letter Format
    - the sender of the first letter is not clear.

    -teach recent letter format and avoid teaching the text letter.



    132-138
    Letter from Laya(Essay)


    -High Standard for the particular class


    -it can be included in higher classes



    149-158
    A Mountain Legend


    Lengthy


    replace with a short and meaningful one
    VI

    -The People who Hugged the Trees


































    – a story similar to other stories in unit III, sl/no: 1,2, 3, 4. – similar theme about planting trees/nature/ taking care of trees.
    - Unit III
    1. The Never-Ending Greenness(Story) pg-85
    2. Wolf Island (Story) pg 91
    3. The Earth Game(Story) pg-95
    4. Last Chance for Cheery Tree Creek(story) pg -99
    Opinion: similar theme about planting trees/nature. Could include one or two of these stories. Go for The Earth Game.


    -similar theme about planting trees/nature. Could include one or two of these stories. Go for The Earth Game.



    Page 28-33) A Blind Teacher (Essay)














    (– Verbose words( eg:groped, imminent, idiosyncrasy, imbibed, etc) and figurative languages( …everything died down to pin-drop silence… move heaven and earth…stirred quite a commotion…)– not for class VI standard – could make it simple.

    -can be included in higher classes



    Courage(page 54) (Poem)










    Well, I am not Chicken (Poem –Unit 6) Similar theme and pessimistic view(Unit 6 poem) Go for courage poem.



    -Remove and go for courage poem

    We are Plooters (poemPg106

    – negative views about self.
    What is Plooters?


    Remove the text as it has negative views about self.


    The First Skateboard in the History of the World (story)
    Pg-149



    –not relevant – the game is not popular in Bhutan, and a long story for cl. VI.






    Well, I am not chicken(Poem)
    Pg-183

    – Similar theme of the poem (Courage), and pessimistic views of oneself.


    Remove the text as it has negative views about self.

    Writing –Essay (40 marks)



    – Marks for writing essay is too much

    -could give it for grammar or other tests.


    vii

    Twin Telepathy
    38

    -no values and involve more scientific terms.



    -must be replaced with a better one in text

    Writing –Essay (40 marks)





    – Marks for writing essay is too much, could give it for grammar or other tests.

    -could give it for grammar or other tests.



    viii

    Which Way?
    Pg 9








    -high standard


    -connection of story (confusion)



    Prayer flags blowing in the wind.
    Pg 65-67
    The interweaving of the two words…



    The words should be Worlds



    -use ‘World’ while teaching




    Homemade sound effects
    153-156


    -totally unnecessary



    -replace with a better text
    IX
    Prescribed/ specified nature of language text or syllabus for classes IX and X

    Dawa the Stray Dog of Bhutan.

    Prescribed/ specified nature of language text or syllabus for classes IX and X



    Replace the novel,
    – time to change.

    Prescribed/ specified nature of language text or syllabus for classes IX and X







    Replace the novel,

    X
    The Giver






    - Replace the novel, The Giver –
    time to change.
    Suggested novels
    1. The grapes of Wrath –John Steinbeck
    2. To kill a Mocking Bird –Harper Lee
    3. The Catcher in the Rye –J. D. Salinger
    4. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    5. Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
    6. Jane-Austen – Pride and Prejudice
    7. Oliver Twist –Charles Dickens
    8. The Great Expectation –Charles Dickens
    9. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
    10. Wuthering Heights –Emily Bronte







    Replace the novel













    General View:
    -Class VI English syllabus is very vast and huge.-48 texts plus 6 supplementary texts to be studied. It takes more than a week to cover a story sometimes.
    -could reduce number of stories; there are 15 stories to study for common exam besides essays, poems and grammar.
    -most of the stories talk about theme of nature and trees like in unit II and III.
    -Each unit has more than seven texts; Unit 4 has ten texts.
    -It’s a heavy textbook for small children to carry back and forth to the school.
    -Could Bhutanized text; include Bhutanese writings, local contents but intact to general, globalize in nature
    -Should have prescribed text with uniform activities for grammar for the entire standard.
    -sudden shift of syllabus from class 3 to 4
    - Most contents are imported