English Language and Literature
Language is a vehicle for communication and expression, and students are equipped with the essential skills to communicate effectively in English. It is precisely with this aim in mind that the English Language instructional programme provides many opportunities for students to use English in a variety of situations and contexts.
Using a wide range of materials other than the textbook, students learn to listen, read, view, write and speak with understanding, accuracy and critical appreciation. Through oral and writing activities such as debates, role-play, advertisements, and reports, students learn to speak, write and make presentations in standard English that is grammatical, fluent and appropriate for purpose, audience, context and culture.
Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to become
√ Proficient writers
√ Confident communicators
√ Critical thinkers
English Reading Programme
The school believes strongly in cultivating a strong reading habit among the students. Regular reading underpins mastery of a language. We want our students to have access to good reading materials and we will provide a conducive environment to nurture the reading habit.
- Cultivate in students a reading habit and expose them to a range of reading materials and genres.
- Stimulate students’ interest in reading for pleasure and information.
- Inculcate in students the importance and usefulness of reading.
- Encourage students to think about and evaluate what they have read.
Students cultivate a daily reading habit
All lower secondary students will participate in the Buy-A-Book programme and be involved in interesting classroom activities related to the books.
Students select a book of their preference from a specially curated list of 15 popular titles in the Buy-a-Book programme. From a list of 15 specially selected titles, the students have the opportunity to choose a book title and purchase it for their personal reading. They are encouraged to read the book during assembly or at their own time to develop a habit of reading. Students can explore ways to infuse ideas from the book and use the vocabulary or expressions in their Writing and Oral presentation.
Students select a book of their own preference for Buy-A-Book programme
To boost the language and critical thinking skills of students, the English Department has curated a range of educational magazines (namely iThink, Inspire or “I”) for students to subscribe to. These magazines complement the English curriculum and at the same time, extend students’ general knowledge.
English Enrichment Programmes
The Speak Good English Movement (SGEM) aims to encourage students to speak English more fluently and instill a love of reading amongst students of all levels. It is also a platform for students to practise public speaking and encourage them to develop their self-confidence. Every week, one to three representatives from each class make a presentation to the whole school. The presentation could be a response to an article they have read or on any topic of their interest. We hope students will find reading and speaking English fun through this programme!
Choral Reading Programme allows students to choose their favourite texts that reflect their experiences. As this unique approach increases their level of engagement, this programme also helps students build their fluency and self-confidence.
A critical eye is essential in this time and age, and Literature definitely trains students to have this!
Students learn to interpret and engage with literary texts. Through drama, teachers create a positive classroom environment where literary texts are discussed; and provide opportunities for students to develop individual viewpoints and perspectives to various literary texts.
Students learn how to present their ideas clearly through constructive reasoning. The Literature programme also equips students with the ability to respond to others’ views on texts, including their peers’ and teachers’, and refine their own views in light of different perspectives.
Through the exposure to a wide range of literary texts across prose, poetry and drama, the department aims to develop students into sensitive and confident people with a sensible and mature view of the world.
Literature Enrichment Programme
Poetry Slam, also known as performative poetry, combines elements of performance, writing, competition, and audience participation.
In the Poetry Slam Enrichment Programme for secondary 2 students, the students are taught the necessary skills to perform a poem confidently with suitable expression and accurate diction, and accompanying their performance with purposeful choral speaking and actions to engage their audience.
For more information, do refer to the following links:
- 2020 English Language (Secondary — Express / Normal (Academic)) Syllabus
- 2020 English Language (Secondary Normal (Technical)) Syllabus