English Language

To develop and equip learners with skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing that they will need to engage in society and future employment.  Through a wide range of text types and contexts, students learn to express their creativity and vision using language with confidence. 

English Literature

Students are encouraged to read with passion and an enquiring mind across a wide range of genres such as stories, poetry and drama, as well as authentic non-fiction and media texts.  Literature in English contributes to the international community of KIS and reflects the experiences of different cultures that enrich our identities.

Language, Literature and Beyond

Literature appreciation explores word choice made by writers and speakers where elements such as patterns, origins and conventions of English are often discussed.  The knowledge is useful for language application as students begin to make critical decisions on lexis and syntax to create a semantic field applicable to multiple subjects and situations. 

Key Stage 3

  • 0861 Cambridge Lower Secondary English
  • In-house KS3 English Literature Programme
  • Y9 Cambridge Checkpoint Exam

Key Stage 4 (IGCSE) 

  • 0500 Cambridge First Language English
  • 0510 Cambridge English as a Second Language (Speaking Endorsement)

Key Stage 5 (AS and A levels)

  • 9695 Cambridge Literature in English


Assessment Procedure

Formative Assessments are essentially the backbone of language learning. Students are encouraged to take an active role in their learning, whether it is through individual, pair or group work in a variety of activities that touch on all four core skills.  From crafting character profiles and posters,  to collaborating for presentations, researching for debates and writing up speeches, we aim to progress and deepen understanding of the subject matter and repeatedly activate prior knowledge to be applied across multiple perspectives.

Summative assessments are to take place at the end of term 1 and term 3. Based on the Summative and Formative assessments student’s level of attainment are identified, new targets are set and shared with the students and parents.

Reading ComprehensionLanguage Usage/ Literature ComponentWriting
Fiction & Non-Fiction
– Content
– Language
– Implicit and Explicit Ideas

Content questions and analysis, vocabulary
– Point
– Example/ Evidence
– Explain

Fiction & Non-Fiction
Descriptive and Narrative

– Articles
– Reports
– Reviews
– Speeches
– Summary
0500 First Language English 
(2024 – 26 Syllabus)*
0510 English as a Second Language
(2024 – 26 Syllabus)
– Paper 1 – Reading
– Paper 2 – Directed Writing

– 100% Written Assessment

*All students taking the 0500 syllabus are to complete the 0510 exam by the end of Y10 before proceeding to Y11 0500.
– Paper 1 – Reading and Writing
– Paper 2 – Listening
– Paper 3 – Speaking**

**Graded separately from the overall grade

9695 Literature in English
(2024 – 26 Syllabus)
100% Written AssessmentAS-Level
9695 Literature in English
(2024 – 26 Syllabus)
100% Written AssessmentA Level
– Paper 1 Drama and Poetry
– Paper 2 Prose and Unseen
– Paper 3 Shakespeare and Drama
– Paper 4 Pre-and Post-1900 Poetry and Prose

Department Facilities / Resources

  • Reading programme for KS3 and KS4 level students
  • Resources to support ESL/ EAL students

Key Points from Department Policy:

  • To enhance language learning and skills development for academic and communicative purposes
  • To encourage application of language skills across multiple subjects where English is used as a medium
  • To promote critical thinking amongst students and become reflective, independent learners
  • To ensure fair and unbiased assessments with feedback

Extracurricular Activities

Book Week, Hong Kong Young Writers Awards, Local Field trips, Movies/ Theatre trips, and Overseas trips

Useful Subject-Specific Websites