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English Language & Literature

Department Members

HODMdm Azrina Salleh 
SH/ELMr Vincent Wong
SH/LitMs Jean Ong Rui Yun 
TeachersMs Siti Nur Sufiana Hashim
 Ms Moritza Lim Fang Min
 Ms Chan Wei Meng
 Ms Wang Tiying 
 Mdm Lim Pei Yee  
 Ms Charlene Lim
 Mr Lance Tan Yong-Wen
 Ms Lim Yu Xin Sheryl

EL Learning Outcomes (Syllabus 2020) for Sec 1-3 students in 2022

Area of Language LearningLearning Outcomes
 Listening & Viewing
  1. Develop auditory discrimination skills and positive listening and viewing attitudes and behaviour
  2. Develop listening and viewing skills for understanding by focusing on literal and inferential meaning
  3. Develop critical listening and viewing by focusing on implied meaning, higher-order thinking and evaluation
  4. Listen to, view and respond to a variety texts
Reading & Viewing 
  1. Develop reading and viewing readiness, word recognition skills, accuracy, fluency and positive reading and viewing attitudes and behaviour
  2. Process and comprehend age-/year level appropriate texts by focusing on literal and inferential meaning
  3. Analyse, evaluate and appreciate age-/year level appropriate texts by focusing on implied meaning, higher-order thinking and judgement
  4. Respond to a wide and extensive range of texts for enjoyment and understanding how grammatical/lexical items and semiotic modes are used in diverse contexts
Speaking & Representing 
  1. Develop knowledge and awareness of the features of speaking and representing
  2. Develop accuracy and fluency in speaking and representing
  3. Explore, generate, develop and organise ideas respectfully as individuals and collaboratively in planned and/or spontaneous situations for a variety of purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
  4. Speak and represent confidently, coherently and cohesively for a variety of purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
  5. Monitor, review, revise and refine responsibly before, during and after speaking and representing 
Writing & Representing 
  1. Develop writing readiness and handwriting to write accurately and fluently
  2. Use accurate and consistent spelling
  3. Generate, select and organise ideas for writing and representing creatively and critically for a variety of purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
  4. Develop, organise and express ideas coherently, cohesively, creatively and critically in writing and representing to produce texts for a variety of purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
  5. Review, revise, edit and proofread to improve writing and representing 
Grammar
  1. Use metalanguage for learning and talking about language structures and language in use
  2. Apply knowledge of grammatical rules at word and phrase levels
  3. Apply knowledge of grammatical rules at sentence level
  4. Show understanding of how the purposeful use of language shapes meaning in texts
Vocabulary
  1. Develop word consciousness and use metalanguage in building vocabulary knowledge
  2. Build rich vocabulary knowledge that supports the development of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and representing skills
  3. Use words appropriate for purpose, audience, context and culture

EL Learning Outcomes (Syllabus 2010) for Sec 4-5 students in 2022

Area of Language LearningLearning Outcomes
 Listening & Viewing
  1. Demonstrate positive listening and viewing attitudes and behaviour by showing attentiveness and understanding
  2. Use appropriate skills and strategies to process meaning from texts
  3. Use appropriate skills and strategies to evaluate texts
  4. Listen to and view a variety of literary selections and informational/functional texts
Reading & Viewing 
  1. Use reading readiness and word identification skills
  2. Process and comprehend age-/year level appropriate texts at literal and inferential levels
  3. Apply critical reading and viewing by focusing on implied meaning, higher-order thinking, judgement and evaluation
  4. Apply close and critical reading and viewing to a variety of literary selections and informational/functional texts, from print and non-print sources, for learning in the literary/ content areas and to understand how lexical and grammatical items are used in context
  5. LO5b: Sustain reading and viewing widely for pleasure, personal development and learning in the literary/content areas (Secondary)
Speaking & Representing 
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of spoken grammar and register
  2. Speak with accurate pronunciation and appropriate intonation
  3. Plan and present information and ideas for a variety of purposes
  4. Use appropriate skills, strategies and language to convey and construct meaning during interactions
  5. Produce spontaneous and planned spoken texts that are grammatically accurate, fluent, coherent and cohesive 
Writing & Representing 
  1. Develop writing readiness and penmanship to write accurately and fluently in print and cursive script
  2. Use accurate and consistent spelling
  3. Generate and select ideas for writing and representing for a variety of purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
  4. Develop, organise and express ideas coherently and cohesively in writing and representing for a variety of purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
  5. Review, revise, proofread and edit to improve writing and representation
  6. Produce a variety of texts for creative, personal, academic, and functional purposes, using an appropriate register and tone
Grammar
  1. Use metalanguage for learning and talking about language structures and language in use
  2. Apply knowledge of grammatical rules at word, phrase and sentence levels
  3. Show understanding of how the purposeful use of language shapes meaning in texts
Vocabulary
  1. Use metalanguage in building and using vocabulary
  2. Demonstrate a rich vocabulary that supports the development of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and representing skills
  3. Use words appropriate for purpose, audience, context and culture

2021 Department Programme Highlights

READING PROGRAMME

Our reading programme aims to develop good reading habits and instill lifelong passion for reading in our students.

I.                 Partnership with NLB – Read for Books Charity Drive 2021

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Through our morning reading programme, we cultivate a love of reading in our students, by balancing carefully between assigned reading materials and giving students a choice on what to read. 










         
II.                 Partnership with NLB – Read for Books Charity Drive 2021

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We partner National Library Board (NLB) so our students can enjoy a wider variety of reading activities under NLB’s Read@School programme.

In July this year, our students read not only for pleasure but also for charity as they took part in Read for Books charity book drive. For every 10 of our students who read for 15 minutes, NLB donated one book to selected beneficiaries.


INTER-DEPARTMENTAL COLLABORATIONS

Through inter-departmental collaborations, we aim to extend students’ learning of English beyond the English classroom and provide students with authentic and varied language experiences.   

I.                 Science-EL Project Work 2021

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This year, we embarked on a level-wide Science-EL Project Work for our Sec 1 students. Students were guided in oral communication skills – e.g. preparing a script, accurate pronunciation, addressing the audience – for their Project Work class presentation, which formed part of their school-based assessment





ii.                 Humanities-EL Virtual Learning Journey 2021

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As part of post-exam activities this year, we collaborated with the Humanities Department on a virtual Learning Journey experience for Sec 2 students. Students applied their understanding of the semiotic features of a multimodal text taught as part of the 2020 EL Syllabus to create a digital poster that encapsulated key aspects of the virtual learning experience.




TALENT DEVELOPMENT & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMES


I.                
Online Singapore Secondary School Debating Championship 2021

Pic05.jpgA small group of students with a passion for debating is trained every year for the Singapore Secondary School Debating Championship. This year, one of our student debaters emerged as one of the top 20 speakers in the championship.







II.                 Post-Exam Activity - EL Debating Showcase

Watch our team of debaters in action during the post-examination period when they took part in our EL Debating Showcase, 



III.                Literature Instagram Poetry Enrichment Workshop

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To make the study of Literature come alive for our Serangoon StaRs, 30 Sec 1 students attended an ‘Instagram Poetry’ workshop by local poet Marc Nair.

In the session, students looked at the relationship between poetry and Instagram by analysing a number of Instagram poems in terms of content, audience and visual culture.