The Middle School English Department fosters and promotes academic honesty, intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits. Our aspiration is to nurture students who can work individually and with others to become adventurous, self-motivated, industrious learners who can communicate their ideas in a sophisticated way at an early age. A primary goal is to prepare students to start Cambridge English Language IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) courses in high school. The Grade 5-8 program at The Koç School builds the students English language proficiency while at the same time extending and developing their exposure to literature. Language course books, online reading programs and the designated novels are used at each level to help students internalize the linguistic elements integrated in the reading, writing, listening, and speaking in which they engage.
The Middle School English department currently consists of 16 teachers from many different countries providing a wealth of diversity and experience and exposing our students to English as a global language. In order to provide ample opportunity for students to develop their skills through meaningful tasks, we participate in a number of extra-curricular activities such as ISTA (drama festivals), JMUN (Junior Model United Nations), World Scholar’s Cup and Destination Imagination.
Teachers work closely in groups to create resources which challenge the students and encourage critical thinking and a variety of approaches to covering course content. Our collective mission is to create life time learners who are disciplined, able to think for themselves, and convey their insights and learning through presentations, debates, speech-giving contests, charity events for the less privileged and role plays and to do so in a way that is articulated, informed and befits future global citizens of a world in the midst of momentous changes.
As we are a large department, we are spread over two offices. You can reach Middle School English Department at extension 6565, room 106I (Grades 5 & 6) or extension 6344, room 110I (Grades 7 & 8).