In the Senior School our teaching of disciplines is guided by the Liberal Arts tradition which outlines grammar, logic and rhetoric (the trivium) as three stages of foundational training upon which other disciplines should rest. This means that in our curriculum we give particular attention to the teaching of grammar and rhetoric in Language and to the study of critical thinking and reasoning in Logic.
Across the curriculum this also means that when studying any discipline, pupils are guided to:
build a ‘grammar’ of subjects under study. This means equipping students with a strong knowledge-base of texts or ideas of importance to the subject. This may also include committing some selections to memory where appropriate and learning chronologies, names and dates and being well-versed in key terminology.
adopt critical reasoning in the subjects under study. This means fostering an inquiry-driven approach to learning training students to approach subjects with an eye to bring out key ideas, analyse and critically evaluate the presentation of these ideas through discussion and dialogue with their peers and teachers.
develop skills in rhetoric. This means giving students ample opportunity to articulate their knowledge and reasoning as it develops informally. It also means cultivating students’ abilities in conveying their responses and their thinking around themes in a formal way through writing and speech. It includes familiarising students’ in the art of narration, reading texts aloud for effect and in recitation and delivery of extracts from memory.
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Teacher of Languages, Sadia Shafquat, reflects on the possibilities of pupils' classroom dialogue around Shakespeare's play Macbeth in facilitating meaningful learning experiences at school. The article features some quotations from the play, a video snippet of the play enacted at Shakespeare's...
In this short extract from a longer article, Munawar Karim, Headmaster and founder of Deenway discusses the nature of the Liberal Arts and their connection with the Islamic tradition. by Munawar Karim, Headmaster Look at the artistic and architectural legacy of Islamic Civilisation. The...
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The Power of the Trivium
The founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley California discusses the power of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric
What is Grammar in the context of the trivium and the liberal arts. Hamza Yusuf lecture at Zaytuna College, UC Berkeley.
Zaytuna College founder, Hamza Yusuf, defines Rhetoric and its importance in civil society.
What is logic and why is it important to democracy and the rule of law.
Why Study Grammar?
Excerpts from a lecture at Zaytuna College on the benefits of the study of Grammar.
The Power of Rhetoric
Excerpts from a lecture at Zaytuna College on the benefits of the study of Rhetoric.