English at Mt St John’s –

Learning English involves speaking and listening, reading and writing.

At Mt St John’s students are immersed in quality texts which provide a rich source of enjoyment, information, vocabulary and examples of punctuation, grammar and spelling.

If students can’t say it, they can’t read it or write it. Oral language is an important building block for learning to read and write. Whole sentence answers, giving reasons for their opinions and correct articulation are sought in every lesson.

Students read and write every day.  The more students read and write, the better their skills become.

Mt St John’s uses the Gradual Release of responsibility model. This involves explicit teaching and practice:-

  • Teachers provide accurate modelling of English skills.
  • Students are placed in small groups based on their needs for more individualised instruction.
  • Students practise these skills for mastery.