English will be included as the 4th subject for Elementary schools throughout Papua New Guinea starting 2015 academic year.
This is part of changes under the Standard-based Education (SBE) curriculum next year to replace the controversial Outcome-based Education (OBE).
The inclusion of English is another step the Education department is taking to improve the standard of literacy and numeracy levels at elementary schools.
Students will learn English with phonograms (sounds), syllables, vowels, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives, and formation of letter shapes, use of punctuations and writing sentences and stories creatively.
Under the former OBE system, English was combined with the Language subject. However it will now be taught as a separate subject bringing the total number of courses or subjects taught at Elementary schools to four.
Other three subjects are Language, Mathematics, and Culture and Community.
The inclusion of English as a separate course subject from Language means that there will be an additional two hours for elementary schools in a day from four to six.
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