English Language

Language is functional as it is a meaning-making resource people use strategically to achieve specific purposes. Language is influenced by social and cultural contexts. It not only represents but also actively constructs our worldview, values, culture and diversity. It is also an aesthetic tool for imagination and creativity.

Locally, the English language is the common language that facilitates communication and bonding among different ethnic and cultural groups. Globally, the English language grants Singaporeans the mileage to participate actively and effectively in a knowledge-based economy.

Lower Secondary – Language Arts Programme (LAP)

The LAP in SST infuses the study of Literature into the learning of English Language, and is foundational and integrative. Through the study of prescribed novels, poetry and plays, SST’s LAP aims to develop students’ language and literary skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing. It also focuses on the appreciation and creation of functional texts, poetry and mass media. Students apply the skills they have learnt across disciplines in accomplishing rigorous and engaging performance tasks through collaborative learning in authentic contexts.

Upper Secondary – Foundation for Academic Genres

The upper secondary English Language curriculum aims to prepare our students to engage with the world as critical thinkers and effective communicators. It also lays the foundation for academic genres required in tertiary education. Language, critical thinking and logical reasoning skills are explicated through genres such as exposition, reflective writing and review writing. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of reading materials aimed at building up their general knowledge and challenging their worldview

Learning Outcomes

At the end of four years, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate fluently and effectively using appropriate text types for the intended purpose, audience, context and culture
  2. Appreciate the nuances in language and its relationship to the writer’s craft and intention in a variety of contexts
  3. Employ critical and creative thinking skills in the evaluation of arguments and opinions and in generating ideas

Programme Highlights

Organised in collaboration with the Student Leadership Department, Student Congress is an annual event that engages our students in learning about responsibility, decision-making and problem solving through structured discussion of school affairs on a class or level basis. To sharpen their communication and thinking skills, students are provided with opportunities during Student Congress to facilitate and partake in focus group discussion as they engage their peers on selected school issues. In doing so, the platform empowers every member of the school to improve our community.

For its 2017 iteration, Student Congress invites the whole school community to reflect on our past achievements and identify what makes SST special, all in our goal of envisioning the unchartered future that SST will progress to and plot the path that will lead us there.

The English Reading Programme is organised with the aim of providing students with an avenue for language learning and exploration. Each week, students are given the time in class to examine fiction and nonfiction text. With the help of their teachers, they will reflect on a piece of text critically via journal entries and reading conferences. In return, teachers respond to students’ journal entries. This approach of teacher-student response aims to provide a more humanistic and holistic approach towards a child’s language learning. Regular student-teacher reading conferences are also utilised to track students’ individual learning and reading progress.

Additionally, students also undergo a Lexile test where they will learn about their personal reading level. With that information, teachers are able to work together with students to select reading text that will aid them in their growth as readers.  We want our students to read widely and become critical thinkers, and we hope they will realise that reading and writing are rehearsals to life. Above all, we hope that through the programme, students can realise that an appreciation for the language is paramount towards their moral understanding of our world.