International School Manila

Integrity - Service - Merit


English Language Arts

The Middle School English Language Arts program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to build upon their fundamental knowledge about language and communication and to start exploring their own strengths and areas for improvement as readers, writers, speakers and listeners. A strong emphasis is placed on the idea of applying appropriate strategies as readers and viewers to make meaning from texts and on using these same strategies to craft written, visual or oral pieces that are sophisticated and accessible to the identified audience. Patterns and structures in text are explored to help students transfer their use of skills from one literacy context to another, be it between informational and creative pieces of writing, fictional and non-fictional pieces of written or visual text, or formal and informal oral discussions. Students should begin to move towards using figurative and nonfigurative language in their composition of text, attempting to express themselves in ways that challenge them to show their understanding with more complexity.

English Language Arts Honors

The aims and objectives of the English Language Arts Honors program at ISM are:

  • To broaden and deepen student appreciation of literature by engaging in a study of challenging literary texts.
  • To foster a greater sense of the artistry and artfulness of language and writing.
  • To extend each student’s English skills beyond the regular English curriculum.
  • To foster a deeper understanding of how communication skills enrich and enhance the learning experience across the curriculum.

In the Honors program offered in Grades 7 and 8, the curriculum demands that students incorporate more sophisticated points of view, contexts and levels of critical analyses into their use of communication skills. In planning and implementing the curriculum, alternative texts, supplementary resources and additional assessment tasks are identified that will give students a wider range of opportunities to showcase their thinking and learning within each unit of study. Honors students are expected to be self-directed, reflective and creative thinkers who will excel in this context.

The established process for the selection of students to the Honors program is communicated to all parents and students at the beginning of each school year.


In the Journalism elective course, students will learn about and experience what it means to be a journalist. They will practice gathering information, conducting interviews and expressing their opinions in print, electronic and video media. Both the composition of text in each of these types of media and the methods for producing each type of publication will be explored. The goal of the course is to give interested students an authentic experience in communicating with an audience and purpose in mind, with the awareness of a journalist’s professional duties and responsibilities. As a part of the course, students publish several issues of the Middle school newspaper, Balitang Bamboo (Bamboo News), contribute to a student blog, and produce a segment of video broadcast news that is shared with the school community.