Overall Aims of English Language Curriculum
- To provide every student of English with further opportunities for extending their knowledge and experience of the cultures of other people as well as opportunities for personal and intellectual development, further studies, pleasure and work in the English medium; and
- To enable every student to prepare for the changing socio-economic demands resulting from advances in information technology; these demands include the interpretation, use and production of materials for pleasure, study and work in the English medium.
Characteristics of English Language Education
The English department aims to provide an environment with a wide range of learning experiences to enhance their English language proficiency for study, work and leisure, intellectual development, cultural understanding and global competitiveness. The school tries very hard to develop a suitable, balanced and coherent English curriculum and design and carry out innovative curriculum plans, vary the learning and teaching strategies, pace of learning and teaching, modes of assessment to cater for learners’ diversity.
Apart from using textbook for learning reference, our school also designed a School-Based Phonics Program as well as School-Based Reading and Writing Program to boost up students’ language ability. We also adopt RWI to enhance students’ phonics ability in KS1.
To nurture our students as life-long learners, we promote Reading Across the Curriculum in our school to help students establish links between concepts and ideas acquired in different KLAs and further enhance their interest in reading and ability to process reading texts as well as widen students’ horizon.
Native English Teacher (NET) Program
The NET co-teaches with local teachers and works with every student from P1-P6 during the year in terms of Guided Reading lessons and speaking lesson. Students are exposed to different readers to widen their knowledge. Guided reading is applied in the lesson that NET or LET will read books with the students and enhance students’ reading skills. Students can further practise with the NET in speaking lesson. In it, students have the opportunity to talk about the topics of interest with the NET.
‘Bring Your Own Device’ Policy
‘Learning English Everywhere’, students in our school will learn and practise English anytime and anywhere. There is no physical constraint to limit their learning. Students can use their own device to revise, collect, draft, edit and submit their work.
Language Outside the Classroom
A wide variety of activities are carried out:
- On-campus activities: English Thursdays, English Week, Time for English, SCOLAR activities
- Off-campus activities: Speech Festival, Drama Festival, Readers’ Circle, Cambridge Courses