English Language & Literature
The learning of English Language and Literature empowers students to express themselves and make meaning of what they experience, gives them the tools for discovery and helps them adapt in an increasingly complex world. Additionally, with the status of English as lingua franca and its important role in international business and communication, students who are confident and effective users of English have the power to influence and be change agents in our society.
Teaching & Learning Approach
In the Curriculum of Practice, students experience authentic tasks where they learn how to act as practitioners in specially curated contexts. Finally, in the Curriculum of Identity, students’ are given platforms and opportunities to explore their personal stance in social issues around the world.
The curriculum is delivered using the social constructivist approach with a strong focus on collaborative and discovery learning to enhance the joy of learning. Since language is a skills-based subject which is often intuitive to the proficient user, pedagogies which promote active learning and greater student engagement are employed, and emphasis is placed on making thinking visible. Teachers model questioning such as using the Think Aloud strategy to show students how to use questioning techniques to critically evaluate what they read.
We have incorporated teaching questioning techniques such as Socratic Questioning in our IP curriculum as a tool to enable our students to think critically and deeply. Differentiated Instruction is also carried out to cater to differing student needs. To ensure that students are future-ready, ICT is integrated into the curriculum through the use of Google Classroom, Google suite for Education and various web 2.0 tools.
Level 2 English Enrichment Programme
Level 3 & Level 4 Humanities Special Programme
a. exploring concepts, knowledge and skills beyond the core school curriculum
b. discussing a broad range of issues to widen students' worldviews
c. developing students into outstanding critical thinkers and effective communicators
d. providing opportunities for more in-depth exploration of areas of interest
e. providing enriching experiences not typically available in the school curriculum to broaden
students' perspective and deepen learning.
This is the HSP Curriculum with two main modules covering five broad areas.
5 Key Exploration Areas
What is knowledge?
Politics and Power
A variety of enrichment activities are offered to HSP students in the form of lectures, outings and performance viewings to enhance their learning, Humanities electives, learning journeys, Model United Nation (MUN) conferences and an overseas trip. In addition, HSP students receive training for various local and international competitions and are attached to a teacher-mentor who guides them to produce a multi-modal creative portfolio that reflects their learning in HSP.
Literature Learning Journeys
Besides the official curriculum that focuses on key thinking and writing skills, learning journeys are planned for our Literature students to broaden their thinking by exposing them to different perspectives and modes of the arts.
Part of our signature programme includes familiarising the Level 3 Literature students to theatrical works. In 2016, the students attended ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ and more recently, in 2018, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. Apart from these aesthetic performances, taking the students out for writers’ talks is also organised.
Research and Electives in English Language and Literature
For the final leg of their four-year Research Education journey, students are able to pursue their research interests in English Language and Literature under the guidance of their teachers. Examples of research projects in these areas include:
speak, therefore I am? In defining the Singaporean
identity, one cannot exclude the predominance of Colloquial Singaporean
English (CSE), better known as Singlish. CSE is recognised by all yet
heavily discouraged in the media and in schools. In this study students
will explore the language attitudes of Singaporeans and foreigners towards
Singlish. Is Singlish embraced or shunned in Singapore? How does speaking
Singlish affect first impressions and perceptions? What is the future of
Singlish in Singapore?
- Lingua franca. The concept of a Universal Language is extremely significant in today’s era of globalisation and mass communication. English is widely accepted as the primary international language of business, navigation, science and technology, and academia. Through this research, students will examine globalisation and the spread of the English Language. What is meant by being an ‘anglophone’? Is English becoming as universal as is often claimed? Do we regard English as a catalyst for development or a threat to national culture?