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English Language and Literature

Teaching Staff


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Head of Department (English Language and Literature)
Ms Lin Pei Jun Angela

 Subject Head (English Language) 
Ms Serene Tan Kok Yin


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ENGLISH LITERATURE

Ms Serene Tan Kok Yin

Ms Anne Roseline Andrew

Ms Chin Siang Yee Samantha   

 Ms Ismath Banu Binte Mohamed Yaseen
 
Mr Lin Fengsheng Winston
 
Mr Mohammad Fauzul  Mohd Taha

Ms Muriel Ruth Manning

Mr Ng Guo Liang
 
Ms Nurul Syafiqah Binti Mohd Hairi
 
Ms Rathi Balakrishnan

 Mr Surya Subha Banerjee
              



Ms Serene Tan Kok Yin

Ms Ismath Banu Binte Mohamed Yaseen

             Mr Surya Subha Banerjee
 

English Language


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Subject Offered

      • English Language

Curriculum

English Language Framework

The overarching framework of the EL 2010 Syllabus is to develop effective language use. Students’ language use will be affected by the 
PurposeAudienceContext and Culture (PACC) and their proficiency in the language use is assessed by their attainment of the learning outcomes.

To achieve the overarching aim of the EL 2010 Syllabus, a two-pronged approach of building a strong foundation and providing rich language for all will be adopted. 

Students’ language use is reflected in the following areas of language learning:

  • Listening and Viewing
  • Reading and Viewing
  • Speaking and Representing
  • Writing and Representing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary

To develop these areas of language learning in students, teachers will be guided by the six Principles of EL Teaching and Learning (CLLIPS) and will take into account the Teaching Processes (ACoLADE) when planning the EL instructional programme. Teachers will also employ ACoLADE at any phase of their EL lessons.

Literature in English


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Subjects Offered

      • Literature in English
      • Literature in English (Elective)

Curriculum

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Areas of Study in English Literature

The Literature in English Teaching Syllabus 2013 is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the study of Literature and cultivate in them a love for the subject by the end of Secondary education. The Aims of the Literature in English Teaching Syllabus 2013 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. 

A student who has completed this course in Literature will: 

  • be able to critically and independently read, analyse and appreciate literary texts; 
  • be able to develop and effectively communicate personal and critical responses to literary texts and others’ views; and 
  • have read and appreciated literary texts from different parts of the world, including works from the three main literary genres.

Programme

Achievements

CompetitionAchievementYear
Singapore Secondary Schools Decating Championships (Division 3) Top 202015
W3 Speech Competition organised by Methodist Girls School 2nd Runner Up2013
BBC Magazine School Challenge
Finalist2012
Singapore Secondary Schools Debating Competition
Top 14th Best Speaker
2011
Youth Open DebateSemi-Finalist2011
Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) Semi-Finalist2011
 ACJC Orators TrophySemi-Finalist2010
West 3 Cluster Speech Competition1st Runner Up2010
West 3 Cluster Speech CompetitionChampion and 1st Runner Up2009
 Plain English Speaking CompetitionSemi-Finalist 2009

English Language and Literature List of Activities
Activity
Year
Speak Good English Movement Campaign 2017
Upper Secondary EL Learning Journey: Theatre Experience
2017
Lit Symposium  2017
Secondary 1& 2 Public Speaking Workshop 2017
Secondary 3 Debate Workshop and Competition 2017
National Schools Literature Festival 2017
Read! Fest @ Jwss2017


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JWSS EL JOURNEY 2015

READ!FEST @ JWSS

Effervescent laughter rang through the hall on Monday, 6th April 2015. It was the annual JWSS Read!Fest, which began with an invited speaker, Dr Dennis Yeo, sharing about the importance and relevance of language in our lives today. Read!Fest 2015 was held in conjunction with Speak Good English Week from 6th to 10th April 2015. The objectives of the week were to develop passion and love for reading in our students, as well as to highlight the importance of speaking the English Language proficiently and confidently. Various competitions were organised to target different levels across the week namely:-

Lower Secondary
Reading Aloud Competition

Upper Secondary
Speech Competition

All Levels
Terribly Terrifying Tiny Tales #SG50shadesofhorror

 

SCHOOL-WIDE ORACY PROGRAMME

Recognising the importance of having a culture of speaking Standard English, the department supplemented the daily morning assembly reading session with a school-wide oral communication programme that offers every student and member of the staff a public speaking opportunity. 

 

The programme aims to provide a platform for students to further refine and develop their oral communication skills, as they present their five-minute speeches at the morning assembly in front of the entire school.

 

Two students, who have been selected by their English Language teachers, will research on either local or global current affairs, draft their speeches and consult their language teachers for further refinement before sharing their topic of interest on a  Tuesday  or Thursday.

 

English Language teachers also model public speaking skills by sharing on a topic of interest every  Friday

 

MEDIA CHALLENGE 2015

The Media Challenge, organised by the Republic Polytechnic's Mass Communication Department is an excellent opportunity for the secondary school  students from to try out journalism. Since its inception in 2013, Jurong West Secondary School has always been a participant in the challenge. This year, two teams from JWSS participated in the challenge. They attended wo rkshops on photography, videography, feature article writing and marketing which were conducted by lecturers and esteemed professionals from the media industry. Upon completion of the training, the students had to go out in the field to collect stories by interviewing, researching, taking photos and preparing drafts. It gave a fantastic exposure to our students about the real world journalism. 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT LEARNING JOURNEYS FOR  2015
SECONDARY ONE: CHINGAY@2015
On 14th February 2015, secondary one students set aside their Valentine's Day evening to witness a spectacular and energising preview of the Chingay parade 2015. Organised by the English department, the learning journey aimed to expose students to a rich cultural experience that would enable them to write descriptively. Students enjoyed themselves tremendously as they were treated to colourful costumes, awe-inspiring acts, and unforgettable fireworks. 
SECONDARY TWO: SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB
As part of the Secondary Two English Language post-examination activity, the students visited the Singapore Sports Museum and the Sports Hub. They were introduced to the state-of-the-art facilities and were given a tour of venues such as the OCBC Arena and OCBC Aquatic centre which were built for the recent 2015 SEA Games. The students also had the opportunity to learn more about the sporting history, legacy and heritage in Singapore.
SECONDARY THREE: SINGAPORE ARTSCIENCE MUSEUM
The Secondary 3 Express and Normal (Academic) students went on a Learning Journey to the ArtScience Museum on 27 and 28 May 2015 as part of the English Language Department’s post-examination activities. In groups of twenty, they were given a guided tour and gained a deeper insight into 17 of Singapore’s brightest artists in the ‘Prudential Singapore Eye’ exhibition that showcased the depth and diversity of the emerging visual arts landscape.

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE PROGRAMMES FOR  2015 
SECONDARY ONE DRAMA PROJECT
Drama should be taught as a performing text. Hence, to give the students a feel about how a drama is produced in reality, the Secondary One Literature team came up with the drama project. The students were to make changes to the scripts that they have studied in class by changing the plot or adding a character or two. They were divided into teams and they worked on the script writing, costume and props designing as well as the actual performances were all done by the students under the supervision of the literature teachers.The project added fun to the Literature lessons while helping the students to think from various perspectives as they took on various roles, think analytically, persevere and strive for excellence. This project was a part of the continual assessment too.