LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
The SWISS Literature programme provides students the opportunities to enjoy the reading of literature and to appreciate its contribution to their aesthetic and imaginative growth. Our students also get to explore areas of human concern in order to attain a greater understanding of themselves and others. At a cognitive level, they read to understand and respond to various types of literary texts and appreciate the ways of in which writers achieve their effects. They also develop information-retrieval strategies for the purpose of literary study and construct and convey meaning clearly and coherently in written spoken language.
Materials selected for the SWISS Literature programme expose the students to a range of traditional genres such as poetry, prose and drama and also include text from popular media such as songs and film.
|Sec 1||I Love Literature: An Introduction||
Short Stories and Poetry
Short Plays and Drama
|Songs and Poetry|
Note: In the Upper Secondary, Pure/Elective Literature is offered to students in the Express stream who are keen and deemed able to manage the subject at the GCE O level. The number of classes open would be subject to availability of resources.
Alternative Assessment Modes (Lower Secondary)
Introduced in 2004, the Portfolio-based Assessment scaffolds student learning by highlighting the need for independent personal response, original creative pieces, critical thinking and reflective processes. Formative assessment is carried out through regular teacher feedback, which provides students with critical input for their final assessment, a task that will help students consolidate their understanding of the text in question.
The Open Book Mode of Assessment was introduced in 2006. Students were allowed to bring the approved literature package to make detailed references to their texts. The type of questions, which were set for examinations, is reviewed periodically so that they test application of critical thinking and analysis of the text rather than memory work.
These moves addressed needs in student life-long learning; besides developing critical thinking and analytical skills, students generated their personal responses – by constructing compelling arguments based on sound evidence and understanding of the effects of literary techniques in the text and how they support connotations and meanings conveyed by writers. There was also impetus for developing note-taking skills.
- At the Lower Secondary, we have a broad-based programme which aims at exposing students to an appreciation of prose, film, drama as well as songs and poetry.
- At the Upper Secondary, O level Literature is offered to the Express students who wish to read it with deeper understanding and mastery, subject to the conditions and the requirements of the course.
The English Literature unit is a small cohesive unit made up of the following dynamic teachers
|Mdm Mini Sathiya Sidhan||HOD/Total Curriculum & English Literature|
|Miss Yong Min Hui Vicki||Subject Head / English Language and Glocal Perspectives|
|Mdm Tan Su Yin Constance||Lead Teacher / English|
|Miss Herina Roslin||Senior Teacher / English|
|Mr Lee De Yi||English Language and Literature Teacher|