English Language & Literature
To inspire a passion for the English Language and Literature so as to create a school of avid readers, confident speakers and fluent writers.
Signature Pedagogy: CLEARR
English Language in Queensway Secondary is taught using the CLEARR Pedagogical Framework, with learning experiences designed in four phases:
Contextualise: Knowledge is activated and interest is built;
Learn & Explore: Students learn the receptive skills of Listening and Reading through exploration of a wide variety of multi-modal texts;
Apply & Respond: Students create their own personal and critical responses to texts through the application of the productive skills of Speaking and Writing;
Reinforce: Learning gaps are closed through robust formative and summative assessments.
Foundational language skills like Grammar and Vocabulary are also taught explicitly to students.
English Literature follows the Literary Response Framework, with learning experiences being centred around the exploration of texts across the three genres of Literature (poetry, prose, drama). Students are guided to experience texts through three inter-connected lenses:
Experiencing Story: Students immerse themselves in the world of the text for enjoyment and appreciation;
Appreciating Style: Students show an understanding of the way in which language is used for effect on the reader;
Interpreting Theme: Students consider the wider issues (personal, historical, national, global) presented in a text.
Both subjects feature strong ICT integration, with teachers making use of a variety of online applications such as Padlet, Pear Deck, and the Student Learning Space to foster inquiry in a collaborative setting.
English Talent Development Programme
The English Talent Development Programme aims to nurture our students’ flair and passion for the English Language. Selected students are groomed to be confident communicators and purposeful writers through our curricular programmes and out-of-classroom activities. The students will also be exposed to advanced literary works that will deepen their intellectual growth and push them to think critically about the world at large. Students selected for the programme will attend plays and take part in national and international competitions to nurture their passion in the language.
Orator’s Trophy 2022 organised by Anglo-Chinese Junior College
- Royden Pek from Class 301 (Senior League)
- Balaguru Kavinaa from Class 201 (Junior League)
35th YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards 2022 organised by YMCA of Singapore
- Royden Pek from Class 301 (Upper Secondary)
- Lauren Victoria Lim from Class 303 (Upper Secondary)
- Donaric Leong from Class 201 (Lower Secondary)
- Balaguru Kavinaa from Class 201 (Lower Secondary)
The school celebrates English Language and Literature Appreciation every year in Term 1. Typically, during this event, the school will see a line-up of programmes and activities extending beyond the curriculum. These include flash fiction writing, book trailer skits, poetry slams, movie critique, and creative writing workshops. This gives students opportunities to participate in and enjoy both English Language and Literature in creative ways.
The ELL Department views assessment as an integral part of the school-based instructional programme. Students are assessed using a wide variety of formative and summative modes, including quizzes, portfolio assessments and performance tasks such as Journal writing and Oracy recordings for English Language and Drama ‘Book Trailer’ skits for Literature.