The English Department aims to nurture students to become clear and confident communicators of the English Language, and we have an array of exciting programmes in place to help develop our students to speak, read, write and listen effectively.
Our English Language programme develops our students’ language skills in spiral progression, and we employ different pedagogies to enable our students to discover and apply language. Our students experience English Language through activities such as Readers Theatre, e-Learning, regular class discussions and mini projects. To help students bridge learning gaps, we had the Value-Add (VA) Programme for our graduating students, structured remedials for non-graduating levels, and Foundation Bridging lessons for Secondary 1 students who offered Foundation English in PSLE. Additionally, we piloted our Morning Oral practices for our graduating students in Term 3 this year, where students were given an additional boost before their national N- and O-Level Oral Examinations.
We also have a comprehensive lower secondary Literature programme as well, and expose our students to both seen and unseen texts, as well as to prose, poetry and drama. This year, students were actively involved in external competitions such as the Choral Speaking Competition and Flash Fiction Competition organised by the National Schools Literature Festival. Additionally, our students also attended Literature events such as Tea Tiffin and Poetry, a N6 Cluster event.
Also, for the first time in 2016, both the English and Humanities Departments organised a joint English-Humanities Week with the Humanities Department and Library Club. There was a variety of activities for students to discover the fun of learning English, alongside seeing how English and Humanities relate, such as interesting reading articles in the morning, Literature displays, Spelling Challenges for Normal Technical Student and language games held during the finale of the English-Humanities Week.
Our department seeks to continually keep abreast of the latest developments in language teaching research. This year, we embarked on an Extensive Reading Professional Learning Programme (PLP) with the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS), where we learnt about the latest theory behind intensive and extensive reading, and trialled different strategies to engage students further in reading-related activities in the classroom.