Filipino curriculum in the elementary level
In elementary schools, students are first taught basic things about the Filipino language like grammar, vocabulary, sentence construction, and idioms. These lessons aim to improve their reading comprehension skills. They are also taught proper phrasing and correct use of punctuation marks.
As they finish the fourth grade, students are expected to use words and expressions with independence. They should also know the different kinds of text and make their own compositions. Students should be able to explain different phenomena in a lot of ways, using different sentences. They should also be able to give solutions to problems by citing their own experiences and the things they have learned from various situations, and are also expected to write essays or dialogues using the ideas that were formed in the class. Students are also encouraged to write creative compositions. By this time, they should know how to properly use the dictionary so they would be able to enrich their vocabulary.
As they finish their elementary course in Filipino, students should be able to translate the information they hear into diverse transcripts. They are also expected to use the words they learn in class courteously, especially when they are talking to their teachers and even to their classmates.
Filipino curriculum in high school
In high school, students are guided in an in-depth study of the language, of which they should already have full control. Students are given a number of novels and books including Ibong Adarna, Florante at Laura, especially Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, to read which help instill nationalism in them. They are expected to develop an appreciation of Filipino literature and to be able to make their own compilation of short stories, poems, and the like. Their lessons are geared towards developing their knowledge and skills in communication, as well as improving their reading, listening, speaking, and writing abilities. Students are also given the privilege to develop capabilities in giving their opinions, making their own compositions, conducting interviews, writing letters, following directions, translating, and researching, among others.
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran Official Site. High school department: Curriculum Accessed on 15 July 2009.
- Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education. Accessed 15 July 2009.