This is the language of learning and teaching used at SHS. It is the tool for thought and
communication. A good grasp of this language is essential to our learners in enabling
them to think and acquire knowledge, to express their identity, feelings and ideas, to
interact with others and to manage their world.
All of the languages are assessed in four broad categories: speaking, writing,
interpretation of literature and language structures and conventions. This is the focus of
the English Department then. We employ a variety of speaking and listening formats
from prepared and unprepared speeches to listening comprehensions and everything in
The literature studied at SHS falls into 3 further categories: poetry, drama and the
novel. In Grade 12, we study 12 prescribed poems, Shakespeare's Othello and The
Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. In Grade 11, apart from poetry, we have Macbeth
by William Shakespeare and Tsotsi by Athol Fugard. Grade 10 is where Shakespeare is
introduced with Romeo and Juliet. In Grade 9, we read The Hunger Games by Suzanne
Standard language and grammar is taught in continuation from the end of the Senior
Phase in Grade 9 to the end of Matric.
The English Department aims to engage and guide scholars along the syllabus so as to
equip them for the rigours of the Matric final exams, yes, but also for the trials of
engaging with a world which requires great efficacy in communication skills. This is the
aim of language in general and of a Home Language in particular.