The demographics of the English Home Language subject classroom in South Africa has changed dramatically since 2012. More and more learners are choosing to study English as a Home Language subject in spite of the myriad of challenges they face – outdated Learners textbooks, learners whose home language is not English and teachers who themselves are English First Additional Language speakers.
S.M.I.L.E. has developed, published and distributed exciting digital age English Home Language Learners Books and Teachers Guides for Grades 8 to 12 to meet the current needs of High school learners and teachers. S.M.I.L.E.’s Interactive English Home Language series has a ‘fresh’ approach: using social media designs and following a layering and scaffolding process to stimulate and empower both teachers and learners.
Schools participating in S.M.I.L.E.’s English Home Language Piloting Programme provide regular feedback which is essential for S.M.I.L.E. and the funders – commenting on the relevance, suitability and age appropriateness of these learning and teaching materials for the ever changing English Home Language subject classroom.
In 2020 the number of High schools, teachers and learners using S.M.I.L.E.’s English Home Language materials are as follows:
2021 will see the introduction of S.M.I.L.E.’s brand new Grade 7 English Home Language Books into the feeder Primary schools across eight Provinces – preparing learners for their challenging High school years and completing the Senior Phase publication of S.M.I.L.E.’s English Home Language series.
S.M.I.L.E. has been overwhelmed by the excitement and complimentary responses from teachers across both the FET and Senior Phases – a clear indication that S.M.I.L.E. is meeting the needs of teachers and learners in a most positive way.