English Language & Literature in english
Too often we teach our students what to think, not how to think. -The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
The English Language and Literature Department's focus is to develop students’ critical thinking skills. We want our students to develop meta-cognitively, knowing why they do what they do. This will in turn translate into students becoming more effective readers, viewers, writers and speakers of the Language.
Literature is also integral in developing students as analytical readers who appreciate an author's intent when using language for impact, and to engage his readers. In developing these skills, our mission is for Temasekians to become more self-directed in their learning and application. This way, they will become effective communicators.
10-week Choral Reading Programme
This engaging and enriching programme develops students’ ability to articulate with intent and meaning, representing what they read and hear effectively as they convey the appropriate emotions as intended by different poets and writers. After all, every story told well paints a million images in listeners’ and viewers’ minds.
Students learn to:
• Gain confidence as public speakers, in a series of performances at Secondary Two, during Evening Under the Stars
• Appreciate and analyse the nuances of language: how meaning and emotions can be conveyed with subtlety, or with certainty
• Take into consideration: Purpose, Audience, Context and Culture, a crucial life skill that is relevant for effective communication in real life contexts, and across all disciplines
|Secondary One to Three||
The Reading in Curriculum Programme
This programme exposes students to rich short stories that help students appreciate authors’ use of language. Through engaging and varied activities created by teachers, each story reveals interesting themes and issues about human behaviour that is a reflection of a slice of real life.
Students will be able to:
• Appreciate reading by looking at the authors’ craft in conveying meaning in creative ways, by manipulating language or by employing the clever art of storytelling.
• Broaden their exposure to stories and a pool of effective and appropriate vocabulary
• Become better writers, orators and hence more effective communicators
|Secondary One to Three||
Writers’ and Orators’ Club
Selected students who have the talent and passion for writing and public speaking respectively will be identified by their teachers to be trained and to participate in specific competitions in order to develop their craft as writers and orators. Seen as our way of stretching students with talent, these clubs see students developing skills beyond the classroom curriculum.
• Develop their thinking as they begin to venture into the conceptual thinking process behind their own writing or speeches.
• Become responsible, critical thinkers who analyse each other’s work in order to improve their skills
• Gain confidence as writers or speakers as student artefacts are published within the school or externally
Department Contact List
|Name/ Designation||Email address|
|Mrs Jaya d/o Sivarama Pillai (HOD/EL)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Mazna Bte Mohd Hussain (SH/EL)||email@example.com|
|Mrs Andrea Chan (SH/ Literature [covering])||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs Cynthia Chongemail@example.com|
|Miss Deborah Chua Lihuifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs Govindarrasu Indrianiemail@example.com|
|Madam Harpreet Kaurfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mrs Millicent Tee-Yapemail@example.com|
|Mr Muhammad Hilmy B Zohryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Morni Basriemail@example.com|
|Madam Nadia Yacobfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Nur Hakim Alim Bin Salimemail@example.com|
|Madam Nurhidayah Binte Mohamed Alifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Robyn Yangemail@example.com|
|Miss Shanthini Thiagarajahfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Sharon Kohemail@example.com|
|Mr Sulaiman Hussinfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Miss Tia Kai Lingemail@example.com|