Every student a critical thinker who reads widely, appreciates literary language and communicates confidently
and effectively in the English Language
English Language is a language of beauty and power. Thus we aim to empower our students to become proficient and confident users of the language. To complement the explicit teaching of language skills, we also design learning experiences to immerse students in a rich language environment through extensive reading and viewing. We value thinking and seek to create structures like Thinking Hats to promote good thinking in a language classroom. Students will be given ample opportunities to use the language effectively in a variety of contexts through collaborative work with their peers and oral performance tasks. Students will develop a deeper love and appreciation of the written word through drama, journal writing and creative tasks that provoke thought, judgment and evaluation during their interaction with rich literary works.
Oral Communication: From dialogues to speeches
Students participate in different performance tasks and oral enrichment activities each year so that they gradually develop confidence to communicate effectively to different audiences. The Lower Secondary students will get ample opportunities to express themselves through language and motion through their participation in Readers’ Theatre, Drama and Poetry Slam. The Upper Secondary students will be introduced to debating and public speaking to develop as persuasive speakers where they also hone their communication skills such as pronunciation, fluency and rhythm in their speeches.
Reading matters: Make Time and Space for it!
Students get to read different genres and topics through subscription of magazines such as as Horizons, Inspire and IThink. They also have access to more reading materials through the class libraries. EL Teachers follow up with reading activities that involve them in responding to topics through journal writing, creative tasks, group presentations or via ICT platforms like Padlet and online forums. The programme is also supported by reading coordinators from other subject disciplines who believe that reading will open students’ doors to a world of knowledge.
Collaboration with CPDD: Project En-ELT
In a collaborative project with MOE’s English Language and Literature Branch (CPDD), our teachers have designed thematic units and lessons that facilitate the development of close reading skills through Reciprocal Teaching and writing skills through Process Writing. The focus on learner-centredness and metacognition also help students to develop as critical listeners, as well as inventive thinkers in the process.