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English Language & Literature


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Ms Jasmine PangSubject Head, English Language & Literature
Mr Nick AngYear Head 
 Ms T. Parvathy
Senior Teacher 
Ms Alvina Leong Teacher 
Mr Christopher Raj Teacher 
 Mrs Claris LeeTeacher  
 Mr John HoTeacher 
 Ms Melissa NgTeacher 
 Ms Shahidah Bte SafiiTeacher 
 Mdm Suhaila Mohamed NoorTeacher 
Mr Muhamad FairozTeacher 
 Mr Mohamed HafizTeacher 
 Mrs T. SivasubramaniamTeacher 

Updated: Jan 2018


English Language and Literature Curriculum

English Language (Secondary 1-5 E/NA/NT)

The English Language curriculum aims to help students become effective 21st century communicators. Students will learn to collect information from different sources using a variety of listening, reading and viewing techniques. They will also master the skills of speaking, writing, and representing ideas to respond to information they encounter in different aspects of life. Besides a rigorous academic focus, this instructional programme also offers a range of complementary and progressively challenging enrichment activities to students as they progress from one year to the next. They will also learn the distinctions between Standard English and Singlish through fun and hands-on practical training.  By the end of Secondary education, students will understand and confidently use internationally acceptable English with an awareness of purpose, audience, context and culture.

Our flagship programme:

LETTER - Literacy Enhancement through Time-Tabled English Reading

LETTER is Yuhua’s unique whole-school reading programme. The programme aims to help students interact with texts in English in order to improve their reading comprehension skills and increase their receptive and productive vocabulary range. Students read a variety of fictional and authentic texts which spans a wide range of topics in order to expand their knowledge of glocal and current affairs. Through varied activities, students engage in tasks to develop effective communication skills in all the key areas of language learning - reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary.

Our Enrichment Programmes at a glance: 

Level 1 - Ready to Read (Focuses on reading strategies)

Level 2 - Stand Up, Speak Out (Focuses on oral communication)

Level 3 - Judge My Words (Focuses on analytical thinking and written communication)

Level 4 - Project Lightbulb (Focuses on thinking routines to support critical thinking and written communication)

Literature in English 

(Offered to Secondary 1-2 students in the Express or Normal Academic stream and as an Elective under Combined Humanities to Secondary 3-4 students in the Express stream)

The Literature in English curriculum aims to complement the English Language curriculum by helping students discover the joys of reading Literature through an equipped spectrum of skills that can be applied interdisciplinarily. Through this programme, students become aware of new ways of perceiving the world around them as they explore moral and social issues, promoting them to foster an awareness of the world that they live in . They also engage personally with a variety of texts and learn to analyse the socio-cultural and psychological issues presented in them. Students are also trained to articulate their thoughts on these issues which includes the teaching strategy, Making Thinking Visible as well as essays, presentations and scripts.

Some of the popular literary texts (novels) which students studied in recent years are:

1. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry 2. The Outsiders

3. Street of the Small Night Market

4. Lord of the Flies

5. The Chrysalids

6. The Joy Luck Club

7. Holes  

Students are also exposed to a range of international and local poems, short stories and play extracts such as:

1. Little Ironies - Catherine Lim

2. Little Things - edited by Loh Chin Ee, Angelia Poon and Esther Vincent

 

Assessment

1. English Language
There are 2 major summative assessments in an academic year: MYE and EYE.

Students take a total of 4 papers at these examinations.

Learning Areas tested at O / NA:
Paper 1: Writing (70 marks) (Weighting – 35%)
Paper 2: Comprehension (50 marks) (Weighting – 35%)
Paper 3: Listening (30 marks) (Weighting – 10%)
Paper 4: Oral Communication (30 marks) (Weighting – 20%) (Only for EYE)

More details are available at:
O-level - https://www.seab.gov.sg/oLevel/2015Syllabus/1128_2015.pdf
NA-level - https://www.seab.gov.sg/nLevel/2015Syllabus/1190_2015.pdf

Learning Areas tested at NT:
Paper 1: Writing (60 marks) (Weighting – 30%)
Paper 2: Language Use and Comprehension (80 marks) (Weighting – 40%)
Paper 3: Listening (20 marks) (Weighting – 10%)
Paper 4: Oral Communication (40 marks) (Weighting – 20%) (Only for EYE)

More details are available at:
NT-level - https://www.seab.gov.sg/nLevel/2015Syllabus/1195_2015.pdf

Other than summative assessments, students also take a number of continual class assessments throughout the year in all the above learning areas. Assessments can be computer-based, pen and paper-type, or even projects.

Please note that the summative assessments from Secondary 1 to Secondary 3 may be varied internally in terms of complexity depending on the cohort and its learning needs. In that case, students will be informed in advance and an announcement will be made on this page.

2. Literature in English

There are 2 major summative assessments in an academic year: MYE and EYE.

Students take 1 paper at each of these examinations.

Learning Areas tested at Secondary 1 & 2:

Knowledge of Plot and Structure, Setting / Atmosphere, Characterization, Viewpoint and Style (50 marks)

Questions can range from gap filling and MCQs to short answer, passage-based and essay-type and are set on both seen and unseen texts. There is no set number of questions and they are usually not optional. This means students must answer all questions.


Learning Areas tested at Secondary 3 & 4 (under Combined Humanities):

Knowledge of Plot and Structure, Setting / Atmosphere, Characterization, Viewpoint and Style  (50 marks).

Questions are either essay-type or passage-based and are set on both seen and unseen texts. Students only answer 2 questions from Section A and Section B respectively, each of which carries 25 marks. These 2 questions can be chosen from a few given options.


Other than summative assessments, students also take a number of continual class assessments throughout the year in all the above learning areas. Assessments can be computer-based, pen and paper-type, or even projects.

Department Highlights

Write for Kindness Competition 2016 - 1st Prize

In May 2016, the Singapore Kindness Movement for schools organised a 2-day workshop to create a storybook for children aged 5-6 with the theme ‘Pay It Forward’. Esteemed local writers formed the judging panel. The team comprising Alyssa (3E4), Charlene (3E4), Tran (3E4), Kersandra (3E6) and Zalikha (3E6) won 1st Prize, for their story “Nido & the Ants”. Nido & the Ants will be published by the Singapore Kindness Movement Organisation and distributed to primary schools all over Singapore.

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