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.
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
Secondary 1 Enrichment Programme: Public Speaking
Secondary 1 students attend a Public Speaking Enrichment Programme using Toastmasters Tools to develop their confidence and communication skills. Through the various activities, they learn to participate actively in small group discussions and have an opportunity to present a short speech to their classmates with the aim of augmenting the Learning for Life Programme. Students are trained to develop confidence in speaking off the cuff, and are given various platforms to hone and apply their skills in authentic situations like group discussions, presentations, debates, interviews and a host of scenarios that they may encounter in future.
Sec 2 Enrichment Programme: Effective Strategies for Group Work
The ability to work well in a group is an essential life skill that we believe our students need to hone from young. This programme, taught by our own English teachers, equips our students with communication skills that enable them to function as effective members in a group. This is achieved through students assuming different roles in a group and communicating clearly and respectfully to reach a common goal.
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.
For more information, do refer to the following links:
- 2020 English Language (Secondary — Express / Normal (Academic)) Syllabus
- 2020 English Language (Secondary Normal (Technical)) Syllabus