The secondary English program at REM+ Tuition focusses on teaching and consolidating the key skills that are essential for confident reading and writing at secondary school level.
Pupils are given the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of texts, both poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, and learn reading and analytical techniques that promote close reading and deep understanding. Technical literary vocabulary is taught and used, and students learn how to recognise, appreciate and respond to a wide variety of literary techniques.
Formal writing, in particular essay writing, is also taught in depth. The classes focus on teaching pupils how to read and note a text in preparation for writing an essay, and then how to organise their writing so that they can structure clear and coherent responses. Techniques for writing essays based on comparing texts and character analysis, as well as essays in response to non-fiction texts, are taught in detail so that pupils can approach formal essay writing in a variety of humanities subjects with confidence.
The secondary English program also features classes on creative writing. Pupils are introduced to a wide variety of writing styles and the techniques associated with them. For instance, pupils are shown how different narrative voices influence the tone of a text, how sentence and paragraph structure and length can be used to add variety to their writing, and how a variety different writing styles can be created using figurative language and direct speech. Different varieties of non-fiction writing are also introduced, and pupils learn the essential skills required to write clear and coherent letters, emails, reports and reviews.