The Koç School Lise Prep program aims to take students, who come from a wide variety of language proficiency and geographical backgrounds, to a level of English necessary to cope with the rigorous demands of the heavily literature-based curriculum of Grade 9. Since many of the students who come to our program are away from home for the first time, and many are also in an English-speaking milieu for the first time, classes traditionally have been smaller than those in the rest of the school, enabling the pastoral nature of the teacher’s role to be maximized. In addition, Prep students meet with English teachers for a total of 22 scheduled hours per week. Experience has shown that Prep students rely on their English teachers for morale as well as academic support. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the students are constantly reminded that they need to work hard and persevere and that they are provided with the necessary support and help.
Information about the LP Program
The program approach is thematic, with 12 themes total during the year. The themes are: Travel, Relationships, Human Behaviour, The Media, Ethics and Justice, Health, Money, Status and Modern Life, Beliefs, Language and Communication, Changing the World. During each thematic section, students are involved in a variety of listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar, and pronunciation activities. Emphasis is placed on developing independent thinking and analytical skills. In addition to the themes, a novel is read and analyzed in class, a research paper is completed, an animated poetry contest is carried out and reading for enjoyment is stressed.
Each Lise Prep student has three different core English classes: A, B, and C. The above themes, two at a time taught concurrently by different teachers, are delivered in A and B classes. The C class is designed to help students develop their listening and speaking skills as well as helping them improve their vocabulary that relates to the thematic units. Students also practice language skills and grammar. English C is offered by a different teacher, and it is one lesson per week.