Life Orientation is one of the core subjects for the FET phase, which means that every learner must do Life Orientation. It is important that learners experience the subject in a meaningful way, especially in the FET phase where they are making life and career choices. Life Orientation in the FET phase encourages learners to think critically about their personal development and about the world around them so that they become effective citizens in an increasingly changing world.
Grade 11 is such an important year for South African learners because they will use their Grade 11 results for university and tertiary applications. Grade 11s need to be thinking about and researching their study and career choices throughout the Grade 11 year. In the Grade 11 Studying Life Orientation book learners are encouraged to get involved in at least one job-shadowing experience to help them develop an understanding of the world of work. The Grade 11 book is CAPS compliant and covers all of the required topics of the curriculum.
A distinctive feature of the Life Orientation series is: ‘Ethics for Life’. International educational trends show that introducing learners to ethics through research and debate supports the development of positive social, emotional, environmental and global values. Each grade has a section or task where the development of ethical living is encouraged through debate, reading, research, discussion and thought.