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English and Literature

The English Language and Literature Department is steadfast in our mission to develop Nanhuarians to be world-savvy, articulate, and engaging students. The year 2020 has seen our department take a step further to achieve our mission, through innovative pedagogical approaches that bring lessons closer to students regardless of their location. In addition to our signature programmes such as the Secondary One Public Speaking Workshops held in Term 1, the Structured Reading Programme, and the Reading Ambassadors programme, the department also collaborated with the Humanities Department to bring the English language to life through an exciting EL-Humanities Week Assembly lesson.  

ICT Innovations

2020 is a year of innovation. It pushed teachers out of their comfort zones to embrace the ‘new normal’. Undaunted by the unpredictability of the situation, teachers in the department bravely embraced new applications and platforms such as Student Learning Spaces (SLS), Google Classroom, Pear Deck and Padlet. Although some of us initially approached Full Home-Based Learning with some trepidation and reservations, we explored new ways of synchronous and asynchronous online teaching and were pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the lessons. 

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There was also rich sharing among colleagues in the department regarding some of the tools that we discovered during Full Home-Based Learning. Mr Goh Bang Rui introduced the department to Pear Deck, an interactive teaching platform that allows teachers to effectively and quickly assess students’ learning. Mdm Junaidah also shared with us and teachers from other departments the use of Jamboard for English Literature debate during her online open classroom lesson.

Structured Reading Programme and Current Affairs Programme 


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The Structured Reading Programme and Current Affairs Programme aim to cultivate good reading habits among students while heightening their awareness of current affairs. In view of the safe distancing measures, we were unable to roll out our mobile library. However, our Reading Ambassadors explored new ways of sharing their passion. They shared interesting new articles through Google Meet and conducted book sharing during English lessons. With the help of the various Form Teachers, students also engaged in a blended learning lesson, where they were given the opportunity to learn more about various forms of inequality that they are curious about.

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“I really enjoy being the Reading Ambassador of my class! Through the workshops and programs that I attended, I learnt to enjoy reading even more and new ways of writing by reading different genres. I was also able to help my friends enjoy reading and even managed to introduce some books to them. I hope that I can continue to do this in the future!”

Genevieve Armelle Guntur, Reading Ambassador of 204

 

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“Sharing about the news to the school was a very meaningful experience for me. I could share my views on various issues with my schoolmates while helping them keep up to date with the latest news. This year's sharing was held over Google Meet instead of the Parade Square. I am glad it went smoothly.”

Chan Kah Min, Reading Ambassador of 305

English and Humanities Week

The annual, highly-anticipated English and Humanities Week programme took on the theme of ‘from Darkness to Light’, which was specially chosen to encapsulate the message that even in this turbulent time of COVID-19, there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. 

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Crafted together with the Humanities Department, this year’s programme followed the narrative of our protagonist, a young boy named David who lives in the 1950s, as he grows up and encounters various historically-based obstacles along the way. Students walked a mile in the main character’s shoes and had a chance to be highly involved through the interactive, decision-making process of the programme. 

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Some unique English Language features of this programme include the addition of an audio-book function, where the characters were brought to life by the dramatic reading of the story’s events, a hands-on game to find David’s friend’s location by deciphering clues given in poetry form, and an opportunity for students to help David send a formal letter by correcting its punctuation mistakes. All these features melded together to create an immersive experience for all.


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In addition, students witnessed how multimodal texts (such as video recordings of events and interviews, newspaper clippings, and even Whatsapp messages) in our everyday world help to capture history and one’s personal life as they unfold in time, highlighting the importance and relevance of developing multiliteracies in the English classroom.

What exciting adventures will next year’s programme hold? Stay tuned to find out!