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An Overview Of The Curriculum
 
The English Language programme aims to nurture students who are able to communicate effectively as a result of their development in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Various classroom activities, projects and assessments are aimed at equipping students with critical life-skills of analysis and reflection. In addition, the programme hopes to cultivate students’ interest in the language, love for reading and awareness of the world.
                                         
At the end of the programme, the student will be a proficient user of English language who demonstrates the qualities of an effective and confident communicator—one who is able express his/her views with confidence and style. More importantly, the student will emerge a critical and creative thinker who is able to analyse and evaluate issues across disciplines.
 
The curriculum adopts a constructivism approach, which engages the learner in making meaning from authentic texts and using language in real-world contexts. For every module, an integrated and holistic strategy is used, to ensure acquisition of key language skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Class time will be devoted to thinking, decision-making, learning-focused interaction and problem-solving in authentic contexts.
 
The curriculum during the Foundation Years focuses on the appreciation and creation of literary works and functional texts. Through text types such personal recounts, narratives, descriptive works, poetries, plays, the modules aim to develop students’ language and literary skills. The study of Literature will be incorporated in some of the modules. In addition, students will be introduced to a wide range of functional texts like factual recounts, information reports and formal letters. They will apply knowledge of textual and linguistic features to communicate effectively for real world purposes.  
 
During the Advancement Years, students will be introduced to expository texts. Through exposure to a broad range of expositions covering various social issues and concepts, students will learn to understand, appreciate and analyse arguments and persuasive elements in these texts. They will acquire techniques in responding to arguments and writing expository essays. In addition, students will apply these skills to complete authentic tasks such as the creation of advertisements and collaterals; writing and presenting formal speeches, reports and proposals.
 
During the Specialisation Years, students acquire knowledge and understanding of diverse topic areas through extensive reading, group discussions and independent research. They will develop skills in analysing and evaluating world issues across disciplines, and understand their significance and implications for the individual, nation and the global community. They will continue to hone their skills in critical reading and formulating cogent arguments.
 
Students must pass all English Language modules to fulfil the requirements for graduation with the NUS High School Diploma. As English Language is a process skills subject, the department does not allow for exemption or acceleration of modules. Class attendance and participation are imperative for skill-development, hence they are not optional.
 
Literature
 
The Literature curriculum offers students the opportunity to engage critically and meaningfully with a broad selection of literary texts over a span of six years. These include representative works from various genres and periods.
 
The foundation Literature module is incorporated into the Year 1 English Language modules, EL1105 and EL1106. These foundation modules are pre-requisites for all higher level modules offered in the subject.
 
The Literature curriculum consists of stand-alone modules with some degree of modular spiralling from Year 1 to 6. The foundation modules provide the basic critical reading skills and competencies necessary for any further study in the course.
 
There are three key stages in the curriculum, which will allow students to develop, reinforce and attain mastery of skills according to their ability.

  1. Foundation – this stage introduces students to the discipline and fundamental skills which will be reinforced in subsequent modules.
  2. Advancement – this stage reinforces the foundational skills through application of skills learnt when dealing with more complex material.
  3. Specialisation – at this stage, students are accomplished critical readers and will have the skills and competencies required for entry into tertiary level.