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Hiroshima English Learning Center
Curriculum Consultancy
Although the following is divided into three sections, Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, we recognise that the 4 functions of language are interdependent and the following skills and strategies will be incorporated, integrated and developed within all curriculum content that is developed.

The Curriculum Objectives as prescribed by MEXT in the document “The Course of Study for Elementary and Lower/Upper Secondary” will be used to structure the learning objectives in curriculum design.
Developing Reading
Our Reading Curriculum enables schools to implement a course of study that helps students develop the following skills:
  • Read fluently, accurately and with understanding in English.
  • Become independent and critical readers and make informed and appropriate choices.
  • Select information from a wide range of English texts and sources including print, media and ICT and to evaluate those sources.
  • Apply techniques such as skimming, scanning, and text-marking effectively in order to research and appraise English language texts.
  • Use a variety of CALL resources (Computer Aided Language Learning) in order to assist in accelerated learning and independently motivated study.
  • Distinguish between the main idea and supporting details in academic texts.
  • Read increasingly complex texts in order to develop the higher order reading skills of analysis, interpretation and synthesis.
Phonics
Our phonics program allows schools to implement a program that gives students the initial sounds of English and encourages early reading skills: The program consists of the following:
  • understanding and applying the simple view of reading.
  • the development of speaking and listening skills.
  • teaching high quality, discrete, systematic phonic work.
  • embedding phonic work within a broad and rich language curriculum.
  • the features of 'quality first phonic teaching'.
Developing Writing
Our Writing Curriculum enables schools to implement a course of study that helps students develop the following skills:
  • Write in a widening variety of forms for different purposes e.g. to inform, explain interpret, evaluate, explain, analyse and explore.
  • Develop ideas and communicate meaning to a reader using wide-ranging and technical vocabulary and an effective style, organising and structuring sentences grammatically and whole texts coherently.
  • Present their writing clearly using accurate grammar and punctuation, correct spelling and legible handwriting.
Developing Speaking and Listening
Our Speaking and Listening Curriculum enables schools to implement a course of study that helps students develop the following skills:
  • Clarify and express their ideas and explain their thinking.
  • Check for meaning and understanding.
  • Adapt their use of English to a widening range of circumstances including paired and group discussions and speaking to a larger audience.
  • Use English to convey their knowledge of varied and specialised subject vocabulary.
  • Speak for a range of purposes e.g. to inform, explain, describe, to analyse, to explain, to reflect and evaluate.
  • Communicate effectively for social and academic purposes.
  • Seek clarification when unsure of meaning.
  • Recognise cultural and behavioural values associated with learning both Japanese and English.
  • Be creative linguistically in English.
  • Recognise and respond to richness of language within the local and international community.
  • Listen with understanding and respond sensitively and appropriately.
  • Experience a variety of listening experiences including: listening for key words, word patterns and the main idea, developing understanding, predicting, summarising, inferring, for pronunciation and for preview.