Teaching of the humanities program is split between ASEICA teachers and Éducation Nationale colleagues, two hours teaching per week being given in English, with a further two hours in French. Students therefore benefit continuously from a dual perspective and learn first hand to appreciate the richness of cultural diversity.
The curriculum aims to engage, inspire and encourage students at all times. It particularly encourages student interaction, debate and discussion, aiming to enhance and stimulate interest, knowledge and understanding of the present and the past. Work done in class is further supplemented by the Model United Nations (MUN) sessions which are offered to all college students as an extra-curricular activity.
We seek through our lessons to provide an understanding of both the separate and interconnected natures of the disciplines of History and Geography. We also address the French notion of civic education and promote universal values such as democracy, tolerance, open-mindedness, justice and freedom for all.
Key objectives of the curriculum are to develop the ability of the historian and geographer to—
- Understand and confidently use the key concepts of both disciplines.
- Extract, classify and interpret information from a variety of sources.
- Assess the value and limitations of available evidence.
- Identify the major themes of the distant and recent past which help explain the present.
- Write and speak fluently.
- Use relevant and precise information to develop cogent, critical and coherent written and oral argument.
The humanities department has every lesson available on power point. There are carefully prepared materials as well as a variety of basic textbooks to complement our digital bank.