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English Language & Literature


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VISION

To be an ACE (articulate, confident and expressive) user of the English Language

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STAFF DETAILS
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Name / Designation
Mrs Cha Wan Cheng 
(Ag. HOD EL)
Mr Pang Han Tong
(LH English Language)
Mr Francis Teo Boon Hua
(HOD ICT)
Mrs Elinawaty Hairul
Ms Teo Shi Hui 
Ms Tan Chui Ling 
Mrs Lee Huimin 
Ms Chan Pui San 
Miss Jananee D/O Yegambaram 
Mr Lim Sheng Hui Daniel
(SH Character & Citizenship Education)
Mr Yeo Keng Hui
Ms Daphne Chang
Miss Nur Adilah Bte Mohamad Abu Bakar

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INITIATIVES

Creative Writing Portfolio to the Lower Secondary Pupils


Objective

The broad aims of implementing the Creative Writing Portfolio are to provide a platform for pupils to: 

  • gain understanding of the characteristics of effective writing
  • write effectively across genres
  • unleash their creativity in writing
  • showcase their best pieces of work


Description

Secondary 1 Langlit Writing Portfolio


The Secondary One Langlit Writing Portfolio is introduced to reflect the Langlit approach that we adopt for English Language teaching at Secondary One level.

The portfolio comprises the following writing tasks:

  • Portrait Poem, Haiku Poem, Acrostic Poem and Shape Poem 
  • A personal recount essay based on pupils’ experiences from attending the Secondary 1 Orientation Camp
  • A compilation of three essay introductions and two conclusions
  • A video clip featuring a re-enactment of a scene from the level’s Literature texts (‘Ties that Bind, Ties that Break’ for 1E and ‘Kevin’ for 1NA) using Window Movie Maker to edit their video clips [Group Assignment]
  • A book review 
  • A reflection on their writing experience across genres
  • Marks will also be awarded based on overall presentation of the portfolio and bonus writing pieces.

Secondary 2 Creative Writing Portfolio 

The portfolio comprises the following writing tasks:

  • A personal recount essay based on pupils’ experiences from attending the Secondary 2 Learning Journey
  • Three pieces of process writing
  • A group narrative essay using Linoit and Google Docs for planning and drafting
  • An individual narrative essay
  • A book review 
  • A reflection on their writing experience across genres
  • Marks will also be awarded based on overall presentation of the portfolio and bonus writing pieces.

Target Group

Sec 1E, Sec 1NA,  Sec 2E, Sec 2NA

Reading Programme


Objective

  • To build a reading culture in school aimed at helping students improve their reading proficiency and their language skills
  • To enhance pupils’ general language competence
  • To increase their knowledge of vocabulary
  • To increase their exposure to the language

Description

  • Pupils read The Straits Times on a weekly basis and do a reflection on an article using the prompts for reflection namely by giving a brief description of the article, highlighting the learning points of the article, identifying vocabulary words that they are unsure of and finally elaborating on the values that are unique to the article. 
  • Pupils read short articles and answer questions related to the articles from the SRA Kit. 
  • Pupils have to submit at least two book reviews for assessment purposes.
  • Pupils read short articles and answer questions related to the articles.


Target Group

Sec 1E,  Sec 1NA, Sec 1NT,  Sec 2E, Sec 2NA, Sec 2NT, Sec 3E, Sec 3NA, Sec 3NT

Reading Programme in collaboration with National Library Board

Summary of activities conducted at school

a) Wicked Reads


The students had fun unscrambling the sequence for a chapter of the award-winning graphic novel titled Ghostopolis. Many groups were able to get the sequence correct which affirmed that the students were familiar and comfortable with the format of comics and graphic novels. As the correct sequence was revealed, each group shared the rationale behind their decisions for the sequence of the various pages. Some students even asked for the title of the graphic novel so that they can check it out on their own after the session. The overall feedback received was positive as many enjoyed the activity and found the graphic novel an interesting read.

b) Read, Reap, Write

As part of the programme, students read an extract from the book Hatchet by Gary Paulson and had an active discussion on their reactions when faced with an impending crisis. Many shared their fears and some also came up with creative solutions to survive the crisis. The workshop then ended with each team creating a diagram on positive thinking to help them overcome obstacles in life and sharing their positive thinking diagrams that were made up of words and pictures taken from old magazines. After the session, many students expressed interest in checking out the book Hatchet.

c) Book Buzz

Students were introduced to award-winning books such as The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. They listened attentively to the librarian’s introductions of the books and were rewarded when they answered the quiz questions correctly at the end of the session. Many also enjoyed the dramatic reading of a short scene in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and were very intrigued by the book trailer shown. Many students were keen to check out the books recommended and expressed interest to read them.

Newsmaker

Objective

  • To provide a platform for pupils to use the Newsmaker software to practise writing, speaking and presentation skills
  • To create opportunities for pupils to create an advertising campaign to convey a social message to the audience
  • To create a non-threatening classroom environment in which pupils produce well-organized presentations that clearly and concisely convey concepts and information

Description

  • In Step 1, in the role of 'reporter', the pupil plans and writes a news story in Newsmaker. In Step 2, the computer monitor then serves as a teleprompter, and the 'news anchor' reads the story aloud for practice, then makes a recording. Built-in fun video technologies make it easy to overlay impressive visual effects. Additional effects can be downloaded from the Newsmaker website itself. In the final step, the recorded clip is then published as a single video file to be shared with classmates, teachers, family or friends
  • Pupils work in teams to create a script for the advertising campaign. Pupils create a storyboard which helps them to plan their animation out shot by shot. Pupils then make use of built-in tools in Newsmaker to overlay impressive visual effects when recording the video. 
  • With the help of rubrics, Newsmaker provides individual student with immediate feedback for self-assessment of performance and it also facilitates peer critiquing, especially in the area of oral skills
  • The department does extensive practice on oral communication skills as the oral examination component determines twenty percent of a pupil’s overall English grade. There will be an increase of five percent to twenty-five percent of the overall English grade and thus, having sufficient exposure and develop oral proficiency is vital

Target Group

Sec 3E, Sec 3NA

Literature Creative Writing Portfolio

Objective

  • To expose pupils to the different forms of poems
  • To create opportunity for pupils to engage in research
  • To provide a platform for pupils to unleash their creativity

Description

Pupils are exposed to the structure, form and rhyme scheme of a portrait, haiku, acrostic and shape poem. Pupils are required to engage in research and show evidence of samples of poems taught. Pupils show their creativity and internalisation of what has been covered during lessons by writing the various types of poems that they have been exposed to. Besides writing the poems, pupils are expected to submit a reflection on the reasons for the choice of poems and the values they have internalised in the course of learning and writing. Pupils are to focus on the given themes of Nature, Family or School in writing their poems.

Target Group
Sec 1E, Sec 1NA

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ACTIVITIES OF THE YEAR


Levels Activity
Sec 1
  • Story Telling Competition
  • Essay Writing Competition
  • Board Games Competition
  • Sec 1 – National Library Board (NLB) 
    • Kids’ Lit Quiz 2015
    • Read, Reap, Write
    • Book Buzz
    • Books 2 Go
Sec 2
  • Poetry Writing
  • Oratorical Competition
  • Learning Journey
  • Essay Writing Competition
  • Board Games Competition 
  • National Library Board (NLB) 
    • Book Buzz
    • Books 2 Go
Sec 3
  • Interclass Debates
  • Essay Writing Competition
  • Board Games Competition 
  • National Library Board (NLB) 
    • Book Buzz
    • Books 2 Go
Sec 4
  • Essay Writing Competition


National / International Competitions


  • Commonwealth Writing Competition
  • Creative Writing Competition

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ACHIEVEMENTS

Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition


  • 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 10 Bronze Awards


Interclass Debate


English Language Photo Gallery


NLB Programmes

English Language Photo Gallery