Relevance and central values
English is an important subject when it comes to cultural understanding, communication, all-round education and identity development. The subject shall give the pupils the foundation for communicating with others, both locally and globally, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. English shall help the pupils to develop an intercultural understanding of different ways of living, ways of thinking and communication patterns. It shall prepare the pupils for an education and societal and working life that requires English-language competence in reading, writing and oral communication.
All subjects shall help the pupils to understand the value system for learning. Through working with the subject the pupils shall become confident users of English so that they can use English to learn, communicate and connect with others. Knowledge of and an exploratory approach to language, communication patterns, lifestyles, ways of thinking and social conditions open for new perspectives on the world and ourselves. The subject shall develop the pupils’ understanding that their views of the world are culture-dependent. This can open for new ways to interpret the world, promote curiosity and engagement and help to prevent prejudice. The pupils shall experience that the ability to speak several languages is an asset at school and in society in general. The curriculum for English and the curriculum for English for pupils who use sign language are equivalent.