This means that if a student has completed a comprehension in five minutes, for example, that student has not read the passage or the questions carefully enough. It is expected that students check unknown vocabulary, given in any context, using a dictionary. It is not expected that they produce this for the teacher each week. This is called ‘taking responsibility for learning’.
Not all homework will require a written answer. However any written work set must be written neatly or typed. Illegible, scribbled or unedited work will not be marked. In writing, for example, it is necessary for students to write a few drafts before settling on their final piece to be presented. All work must be checked for sophistication of vocabulary, structure, logic, punctuation, grammar and spelling. This is termed ‘editing’. Drafts may be written in notebooks, but final pieces should be presented on A4, loose-leaf paper so that it can be taken home by the teacher, if necessary.
Students are expected to read books and they may choose to join the SSE library to access these. A minimum of 30 minutes reading, three times per week is expected. Many students, of course, will want to read more. This should be encouraged. The value of reading, in the acquisition of sophisticated and accurate English, cannot be underestimated.
If a student does not bring his/her homework to class
a. On the first occasion, the teacher reminds the student of his/her responsibility and notes this on the homework register.