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English Language and Literature

Teaching Staff


01/Ms Tan Kok Yin, Serene
HOD English Language

English Language
07/Ms Sunita Sivahnanthan
English Language
Literature in English

02/Ms Zhang Zhihui Orry
Year Head 1
Literature in English
08/Mr Ng Guo Liang
English Language

03/Ms Chin Siang Yee Samantha
Assistant Year Head Sec 1
English Language
09/Mdm Kalaimathi d/o Manikam
English Language
Literature in English
04/Ms Sandramathy d/o Idamban
Senior Teacher / English Language
English Language
10/Ms Ismath Banu
English Language
Literature in English

05/Ms Anne Rosaline a/p Andrew
English Language
11/Ms Cheryl Lim
Trainee Teacher
English Language 
Literature in English
06/Ms Darshini d/o Gunaseigaran
Literature in English
12/Ms Rathi d/o Bala Krishnan
English Language

English Language


Subject Offered

      • English Language


Our English Language Syllabus, in alignment with the MOE English Language Syllabus 2020 for Secondary, builds on the progression of language skills, learner strategies and knowledge about language as set out in the MOE English Language Syllabus 2020 for the Primary level.

The overarching aim of the EL Syllabus 2020 is to develop effective and affective language use in students in the following areas:

1.    Listen to, read and view critically and with accuracy, understanding and appreciation a wide array of literary and informational texts in standard English from print, non-print and digital networked sources.

2.    Speak, write and represent in standard English that is grammatical, fluent, intelligible and appropriate for different purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures.

3.    Use standard English grammar and vocabulary accurately and appropriately, and understand how speakers/writers put words together and use language to communicate meaning and achieve impact.

4.    Use English with impact, effect and affect.

The syllabus aims to advance students’ language learning and develop students into Empathetic Communicators, Discerning Readers and Creative Inquirers.


English Language Lessons at JWSS

The lessons focus on the enjoyment of language as students learn, integrate and apply knowledge across areas of language learning.

To foster self-directed learning, opportunities are provided for students to apply metacognitive strategies through review and reflection. Other than teacher and/or peer conference, students are guided to notice, monitor and regulate how they are learning, and to reflect on the extent of their learning or improvement through the use of rubrics, checklists and reflection activities.

To encourage higher-order thinking, opportunities are provided for students to progressively read, view and respond to age-/ year-appropriate texts (print, non-print and digital networked sources) of increasing complexity and create a range of texts, including multimodal and hybrid texts, for various purposes. 

Monthly Thursday Sharing

Is there a real-world issue that you are intrigued by and would like to share with the school?

The Monthly Thursday Sharing is a platform for students to share their views about a hot button issue and simultaneously hone their ability to communicate confidently, effectively and sensitively. They evaluate and synthesise information from credible sources as well as share their perspectives and reflections using the appropriate tone and register. They then invite their peers to think further about the issue by posing stimulating questions. This platform enables the presenters to raise awareness of real-world issues and encourage the audience to think deeper and more holistically about them.


Wednesday Morning Sharing – Speak Well, Speak Right

“How can I be a more engaging and effective speaker?” If you have these questions, fret not, as the weekly sharing sessions provide tips on how to speak well.

Selected students focus on features of clear pronunciation and aspects of expression (e.g., volume, stress and intonation) that would help their peers become clearer, more effective and confident speakers.


Literature in English


Subjects Offered

      • Literature in English (Lower Sec)
      • Humanities Literature in English (Upper Sec Express)
      • Pure Literature in English (Upper Sec Express and Normal Academic)


The aims of the Literature in English syllabus are to enable students to: 

  • discover the joys of reading Literature and become aware of new ways of perceiving the world around them 
  • appreciate the aesthetic value of language 
  • engage personally with a variety of texts and draw connections between self, texts and the world in order to develop intellectual, emotional, socio-cultural, and global awareness 
  • articulate perceptive and analytical thinking when discussing and writing about literary texts 
  • explore how the elements of different genres function in literary works to achieve specific effects; and 
  • appreciate the importance of the contexts in which literary texts are written and understood.

The study of Literature centres on literary response – the negotiation of meaning between readers and texts.

This Literary Response Framework represents how teachers will design learning experiences that encourage students to respond to texts in a holistic manner. 

The Framework is shaped like an eye to emphasise how responding to Literature empowers students to read texts and the world in different ways and with discernment. The various layers of this framework are elaborated upon below, starting from the centre to the outermost layer.



Competition Achievement Year
33rd YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards Ongoing 2019
Orator's Trophy Semi-finalist 2019
The Queen's Commonwealth EssayOngoing2019
SYF 2019 Celebrations Emcee Ongoing 2019
Unity Young Writers Festival 1st and 3rd 2019

English Language and Literature List of Activities
Speak Good English Movement Campaign 2019
Upper Secondary EL Learning Journey: Theatre Experience
Lit Symposium  2019
Secondary 1& 2 Public Speaking Workshop 2019
Secondary 3 Debate Workshop and Competition 2019
National Schools Literature Festival  2019
Read! Fest @ Jwss 2019

English Reading Programme


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Activities 2019

National Schools Literature Festival (20 July 2019)
The National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF) is a literary festival for students in Singapore and has provided a platform to develop students’ passion and love for Literature. This year, the Literature festival was held at Woodlands Ring Sec Sch. JWSS brought both Upper and Lower Secondary students to NSLF to instil greater passion in the subject through their participation in the Lower Secondary Choral Reading and the Upper Secondary Unseen Debate.  The students enjoyed the learning experience and opportunity to exchange views with other Literature students from other schools on the texts that they have studied.

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Upper Sec Literature students engaged in Unseen Poetry debate during NSLF 2019

 Read! Fest 2019 (22 - 26 July 2019)

A murder mystery challenge, a workshop with one of the most creative local writers, and the hunt for books from book fairies – if you like the sound of this, you would have thoroughly enjoyed our school’s Read! Fest.

With the aim of inspiring students to develop the joy of the written word, the teachers from the English department organised a slew of activities which spanned over a week. One of the activities was a level-based writing competition which saw students penning blackout poetry or adding their own unique twist to their favourite stories. The winning teams presented their writing to the school, eliciting chuckles and wonder from the audience for their play on words and creative twists.

We also had the honour of hosting local writer Mr Suffian Hakim who brought along his satire and wordplay and inspired budding writers to pursue their passion.

In Alice in Wonderland Escape Room, our Secondary 3 students raced against the clock to solve challenges to crack the code and save Alice.

Last but not least, our Book Fairies descended again to spread their love for reading through leaving their favourite reads around the school to be discovered. Let us continue to discover the written word together!

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Students engaging in the creative process, with some indulging in linguistic invention and many showing their writing pieces with a sense of fulfilment at the end of the activity

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The proud winners of the writing competitions who read to the audience their creative poems and stories during morning assembly 
W3 Cluster Literature Symposium 2019 (5 July 2019)
The 4th W3 Literature Symposium was organized by the Literature Unit of JWSS on Friday, 5th Jul 2019. The aims of the Literature Symposium are to:

  • provide more platforms for our cluster Literature students to interact and collaborate, thus increasing their confidence and passion in Literature;
  • allow greater collaboration among the W3 Cluster Literature teachers in terms of sharing best teaching pedagogy and resources for Literature.
The Students’ Workshops were conducted by Ms Meenakshi Palaniappan and Ms Nithya Rajaratnam (ELLB/ CPDD), Ms Esther Vincent, Editor-in-chief and Founder of The Tiger Moth Review, and our JWSS Literature teacher, Ms Sunita.

The Teachers’ Workshops were conducted by Ms. June Henry from Maris Stella High on Higher Order Thinking Skills in the Literature Classroom, and by Ms. Sukhjeet Kaur from CHIJ Katong Convent on Assessment for Learning in Literature.

The response to the Symposium was overwhelming as evident from the positive feedback given by both teacher and student participants at the end of the programme. It was heartening to see the teaching and learning needs of the cluster met through the Literature Symposium.

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Student participants enjoying the spoken word poetry performance by Local Poet Ms Stephanie Chan

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Student participants honing their personal response writing skills through the 
Developing Personal Insight for Unseen Poetry by Ms Meenakshi Palaniappan

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Teacher participants learning how to tap on AfL in teaching of Literature from 
Mdm Sukhjeet Kaur, Senior Teacher (Literature) CHIJ Katong Convent

Secondary 3 Inter Class Debate Tournament (28 – 31 May 2019)

This house regrets the rise of social media influencers’.This was evidently a debate motion close to the hearts of many, with the finalists from 3E1 and 3E4 fervently arguing their perspectives onstage and the long queue formed by members of the audience who posed questions that stimulated further thinking and gave rise to further thoughtful questions. The finalists from 3E1 impressed the audience with their oratorical skills and emerged as the champion. This year's Secondary 3 Inter Class Debates Championship saw active participation across all our Secondary 3 classes who attended a two-day debates workshop, followed by an inter-class round that enabled them to hone further their skills of rhetoric and argumentation

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Students applying what they learnt from the workshop in an intra-class debate

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Semi-finalists determining who would be team proposition and team opposition respectively with a coin toss 
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The finalists from 3E1 and 3E4 debating fervently, with 3E1 emerging as the winner for the Inter Class Debates Championship 2019
Secondary One Public Speaking Workshop (30 May 2019)

From conceiving to crafting to delivering an impactful presentation – how can we connect with the audience and deliver effectively? In this workshop, students had the opportunity to further apply the skills they learnt during English Language lessons and hone their public speaking skills.

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Students discussing the techniques they would use to effectively engage their audience

Secondary Two Newscasting Workshop (29 May 2019)

Being in a newsroom team – gathering news sources, interviewing, writing, and finally reporting.

In this workshop, students gleaned insights into the world of newscasting as they learnt effective writing and reporting techniques. Everyone was a news presenter with a cameraman and soundman; there was also a teleprompter to complete the experience! 

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Students learning about effective vocal delivery and body movement, including the procedure and technique of using a teleprompter 
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Students sharing their knowledge and perspectives as they write their scripts

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Each student presented the news with cameramen, soundmen and a teleprompter – a simulated experience that encourages authentic engagement

Off Centre Theatre Learning Journey (15 February 2019)
Our Upper Secondary Literature students were given the opportunity to watch their Literature text, Off Centre by Singaporean playwright Haresh Sharma, in action at Victoria Theatre on 15 February. The Learning Journey was part of the Literature unit’s efforts to further expose students to drama and theatre, particularly local productions. For some students, it was their first foray into the local theatre scene. It was additionally meaningful as students get to see their national examination text played out before their eyes, enhancing their understanding and reading of a drama text.

Students were engaged by the stellar performance of the cast fuelled by a compelling narrative. The play brilliantly explored the struggles and pains of mentally ill people with numerous moving moments that saw hardly a dry eye at the end of the play.

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JWSS Literature students at Victoria Theatre to watch their literature text Off Centre come to life