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English Language Department
Head of Department:
Ms. Sally Seah
Lower Secondary (EL): Mdm Selena Akhbar
Literature : Mdm Hamidah Shaari
Department Goals/ Objectives:
- To improve the school’s performance in English and Literature at the national examinations.
- To conduct enrichment activities that will provide students with opportunities to use English in and out of the classrooms.
- To harness IT and other resources for the teaching and learning of English and Literature.
- To develop a reading culture.
Curriculum & Assessments:
- Based on MOE English Syllabus 2010.
Reading Programme (Lower Sec Students)
The spirit and intent of the reading programme is to see possibilities in our students and to allow them to experience possibilities in leaning. We want to encourage our students to take on a growth mind set. Conducted with the right intent and in the spirit of encouraging lifelong learning, of seeing possibilities in our students, most of our students if not all, would have acquired some literacy skills and proficiency level in reading by the end of the year-long programme.
Reading Programme (Upper Sec Students)
Every month, articles of various topics and interests would be printed for students to read, which include a worksheet on language features of the article with links to Youtube and other websites.
Language Arts Programme (Lower Sec)
This programme allows our energetic students to express themselves through drama and public speaking, while fusing Literature and English Language into the curriculum.
Drama in Curriculum (Sec 1 Language Arts)
Literature is a new subject taught to all Secondary One students to promote the love of reading, encourage personal engagement and empathy, and develop skills of critical appreciation of literary texts.
Drama is used as a tool to help students become expressive, self-confident and articulate in expressing their appreciation and understanding of the texts. Infusing drama into the curriculum allows for hands-on learning that is meaningful and lasting.
The Drama-in-Curriculum Programme not only helps the Secondary One students discover the joys of learning a new subject, but also become more aware of speaking good English and able to express their feelings, thoughts and ideas about the texts using the English Language.
Please visit our Language Arts website to find out more!
Straits Times Monday Edition (Sec 1-5)Most classes would receive the Straits Times Monday edition which includes a supplement called “In” which highlighted topics and English Language features relevant to the students.
Straits Times Newspaper Quizzes (Sec 1-5)
Every month, a newspaper quiz is created for pupils to answer, based on their reading of the Straits Times Monday Editions.
- Debate & Public Speaking Workshop (Selected Sec Two/Three Students) Selected students are sent out to take part in the workshop which trains them to be proficient debaters/speakers and possibly take part in inter-school debate and/or public speaking competitions.
- LA Fest (Post Exam Activities)
Students engage in a variety of EL-related activities like Great Advertising Challenge, Book Character Day, Tongue Twisters, Public Speaking, Poetry Slam and many more!
- Poetry Slam (Sec 1)
This activity was an inter-class competition held in the school hall whereby teams of each class are asked to dramatize a poem of their choice, allowing them the freedom of expression in showcasing the language of the poems.
- Scrabble (Lower Sec)
This activity, like the original game, allows students to test their knowledge of English Vocabulary to complete the game. Selected students will go on to represent the school in the prestigious Inter-School National Scrabble Competition.
- Public Speaking Competition (Sec 3)
This activity aimed to promote a love for the English Language in students by providing them a platform for them to be effective and confident speakers. Students were given some time to research and prepare a short speech for 3 to 5 minutes and deliver it to an audience and judges.
- Write for Kindness Workshop (Sec 1)
Write For Kindness is a national competition open to all secondary school students to write kindness stories for pre-school children. Our school sent in two teams comprising of Sec 1 students and one of the teams won the fourth place in this national competition in 2012 and a merit award in 2014.
- Introduction To Debate (Sec 2/3)
Selected students undergo a introductory debate workshop conducted by Mark Gabriel from Julia Gabriel.
- T-Net English Masters Competition (Lower Sec)
To engage lower secondary students and create an opportunity for students to learn and appreciate the English Language in a fun and competitive environment. Students took part in a series of synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary, idioms, proverbs and analogies quizzes.