Academic Discovery at SBC Canford
SBC Canford | Ages 12 – 15
Our Academic Discovery course consists of 15 hours of lessons per week and is available to students of an Upper Intermediate to Advanced level of English. Students will benefit from a content-based learning approach, providing them with the opportunity to develop their English language skills through the study of other subjects. These include English Literature, Creative Writing, History, Science and Geography, and the syllabus has been designed specifically for our 12 to 15 year-old learners at SBC Canford. Our communicative method to lessons provides students with a comfortable, interactive environment that aims to build on their confidence as well as language fluency.
Academic Discovery draws on a variety of materials, ranging from famous works of literature to scientific case studies, and covers both classic and modern elements of each subject. Lessons focus on spoken interaction, including classroom discussions, debates, improvisation and fun topic-based activities. This provides students with an opportunity to actively engage in the subjects they are studying and further develop their understanding of the language surrounding the subjects studied.
We believe that students learn best when they are actively applying language in practice. For this reason, our lessons are designed to be communicative, meaning that our students are constantly using English in an interactive way. This way students not only develop their language skills, but their confidence in using English too.
As part of our Time to Shine programme, our Academic Discovery students get to draw on the breadth of subject knowledge they have been studying each week, to create engaging and thought-provoking presentations. This communicative and collaborative task enables students to utilise a variety of 21st-century skills, and culminates with all students presenting in front of their peers.
This module includes a range of literary works, including classic and contemporary works of fiction, short stories, poetry and Shakespeare. Through the analysis of different literary examples, students will be able to write their own literary compositions.
In this Academic Discovery module at SBC Canford, students will explore what features compose Earth’s numerous ecosystems, and and learn to identify the defining characteristics of each ecosystem, as well as the human impact on the ecosystem.
This modules explores how and why animals have evolved over the hundreds of millions of years of their existence, and charts the history of the theory of evolution from Darwin’s early suppositions to the modern day. From telltale signs such as types of mimicry, to modern evidence such as DNA matching, students will learn how evolution went from theory to fact.
Modules are given for example purposes and are subject to change.