The English Department at Dubai College has an outstanding record of achievement at both IGCSE and A level. The delivery of a challenging and stimulating curriculum aims to enrich students’ experiences, enhance their communication skills and broaden their horizons, promoting a genuine enjoyment of academic study. Writers such as Margaret Atwood and Darren Shan have visited the Department.
English Literature is a popular A level subject and there are usually three or four classes in each of Years 12 and 13. Students in Years 7, 8, 9 are taught in mixed ability classes. All students in the school take both IGCSE English Language (in Year 10) and IGCSE English literature (in Year 11). The Department is well resourced and is in its own stand-alone building, with an excellent range of written and audio-visual resources which supplement the school library. There are currently eight full-time members of the Department plus three part-time teachers.
What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?
You have to have a lot of energy. You have to enjoy discussing ideas with students and be prepared to adapt to students’ enthusiasm for debate and for hard work. You have to be adaptable, have a passion for your subject and it certainly helps if you have a good sense of humour.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?
Confidence, understanding and empathy in their dealings with others, an ability to articulate their ideas in speech and writing, an ability to analyse, evaluate and understand texts of all kinds, and intellectual curiosity.
In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?
Dubai College is special because it is a place where students discover more about ideas, the world, and themselves in a supportive environment. Students join a worldwide Dubai College community of like-minded people. Meeting Dubai College alumni is always a pleasure.
Mark Donovan, Head of English