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English and Literature

Vision 
To be advocates of English Language and Literature who cultivate world-savvy, articulate and engaging students.

Mission 
To promote the effective use and appreciation of English Language and Literature.

Department Programmes


National Schools Literature Festival


The National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF) is the largest gathering of English Literature students and teachers from across Singapore. This July, it was held at Woodlands Ring Secondary School. Nanhuarians benefited tremendously from the keynote lecture by Dr Dennis Yeo. Our Secondary Two students achieved Second Place for our Book Trailer about The Merchant of Venice, and our Secondary Four Literature students won their set text debate on the play Pygmalion. Through this festival, our students were able to experience the wonder of English Literature.


Reflections
“NSLF was a unique experience that allowed me to explore Literature in a new medium. I learnt to analyse my text in new and interesting ways that required me to think out of the box.”
Student from class 402

“As the book trailer team, we encouraged one another and gave it our best shot. Our hard work truly paid off as we managed to clinch Second Place! This was an amazing experience and I am truly honoured that I was given the chance to represent Nan Hua.”
Student from class 207


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NSLF literature debateDefending our stand!
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NSLF Team 2019

Nan Hua Orators


Nan Hua Orators is made up of students with a passion for public speaking in the English Language. Besides nurturing their public speaking abilities, we also help to develop important character traits and life skills such as confidence and presentation abilities. Orators can participate in Nan Hua Speaks, which is a fortnightly assembly programme, emcee school events and take part in oratorical competitions, in which we consistently bring back great results! In the 2019 Orator’s Trophy, Gabriel Chin is one of the Semi-Finalists in the Senior League, and in the 2019 YMCA Plain English Speaking Award, Gabriel was once again shortlisted as one of 14 Semi-Finalists in the Upper Secondary Category across all schools in Singapore. In the same competition, Zeeden Lim emerged a Finalist in the Lower Secondary Category. We cannot wait to bring back even more glory for the school at the National Public Speaking Competition at the end of the year!

Reflections:

“Participating in the YMCA PESA was beneficial to me as it allowed me to make new friends and sharpen my public speaking skills. A big thank you to all the NH Orators teachers for giving me the support and training I needed to make it this far in the competition!”

Student from class 108.

“Being part of NH Orators has given me the opportunity to interact with our Deputy Prime Minister, host school events and put together creative and enriching Nan Hua Speaks presentations for all Nanhuarians. My confidence has grown immensely over the past three years. Public speaking provides my imagination with a canvas to run wild, injecting my experiences into each and every situation, making it something I've grown to love very much.”

Student from class 308.

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NH Orators take to the stage and host Nan Hua's Speech and Prize-Giving Day!

English and Humanities Week

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Assembly Success!

The English language’s multi-faceted history renders it both parts challenging and fascinating to study. Most EL teachers and students in Nan Hua alike relish discussing the origins and nuances of loan words in comprehension passages, and yet bemoan the inherent difficulty in utilising and explaining them accurately. For this year’s ELLHUM Week, teachers leveraged this angle to introduce etymology and portmanteaus, the study of words and their origins and the study of conjoined words respectively. Beginning with a hybrid assembly and game show hybrid that saw teachers taking on the role of learners too, lessons for that week were infused with crossword puzzles and games to introduce even more of such vocabulary. Students were also enriched with extra workshops by career writers and learning journeys to the Maki-san exhibition. The ELLHUM Week is always an opportunity to extend the curriculum and make the relevance of this beautiful language more tangible to students.

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A glimpse into the product packing choices of the past

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Game Masters in their element
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Learning journey to the National Museum

“It was really interesting. I enjoyed working in my group to figure out what the word for each blank was.”

Student from class 306

“I thought the ELLHUM Week was very fun and entertaining. There were great programmes for my friends and I to learn more about the different meanings behind names. The activities and programmes entertained me throughout my recesses that week.” 

Student from class 307

“I feel that participating in the assembly programme for ELLHUM week was very enriching for me as I learnt many new things through the presentation. It was genuinely a fun and interactive experience that enabled me to bond with my friends.” 

Student from class 301

Current Affairs Programme


The Current Affairs team of teachers constantly look out for pertinent issues affecting our world to model the 21st Century Competency of being concerned citizens equipped with civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural skills. The highlight of this year’s programme was the live debate where students prepared and presented their own speeches on animal rights, which was a daring test of our students’ ability to respond critically to unpredictable situations. 

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Happy puppies presenting the show

Reflections:

A few months back, I was approached by my teacher Ms Chin to take part in this assembly programme. She told me that they needed students who are assertive and unafraid to debate on stage. I was very honoured upon hearing that because in actual fact, I was quite shy and afraid of debating in front of large crowds. I get nervous and have difficulties expressing myself if the motion we're debating about is complicated, but I eventually agreed to take part in it. Fortunately, the assembly programme featured a mini debate that wasn't too complicated after all, and to make things more entertaining, we were all dressed like pet dogs belonging to Ms Amelia Gan. The debate turned out to be very light-hearted and fun because it had an unusual motion. The audience were very engaged and people were laughing and cheering from time to time. At some parts of the play, there were some technical issues and the four of us were able to improvise on the spot to keep the audience engaged while waiting. Throughout the performance, all of us were doing our best to stay in character, which is what I’m very proud of. Most importantly, we were able to send the message across that animal abuse is a pressing issue. Overall, I had much fun, and would love to take part in such assembly programmes again!”

Student from class 303

"It was a fun experience, especially because some parts were not scripted. We had to improvise on stage to keep the show going. It was amazing and funny when my friends could not tell whether the debate was scripted or not and came to ask me after the show. "

Student from class 303

“I’m very grateful to have had an opportunity to participate in this assembly programme. The roles we were given were rather unique and I was slightly apprehensive about it at first. However, I had lots of fun portraying the role and playing around with the cute animal ears we were given for our costume.”

Student from class 303

Structured Reading Programme


The Structured Reading Programme (SRP) aims to promote and cultivate good reading habits among students and raise their awareness of current affairs.  Besides reading the Straits Times weekly and participating in regular online current affairs quizzes, students are also exposed to a wide range of text genres from various sources such as the National Library Board and compilation by the English Department staff. This year saw the enhancement of the Reading Ambassadors (RA) programme, in which student RAs from each class initiated and carried out reading programmes, such as book sharing, book swaps and display of creative book reviews. To hone their public speaking skills, the RAs were also given opportunities to conduct book sharing sessions through various presentation modes during ‘Nan Hua Speaks’ assemblies.  Furthermore, the RAs helped to recommend and publicise new books for the library, and had immense fun organising engaging library games during the ELLHUM Week to encourage students to visit the school library. Committed to create a school-wide reading culture, Nan Hua also participated in the Read for Books charity book drive organised by Read Singapore in July.  

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Reading at parade square Reading weekly newspaper
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Recommending books for my friendsRAs conducting games in the library


“I enjoyed putting up a creative display of my classmates’ book reviews in my classroom, as I had the chance to learn about more new books that I could read.”

Student from class 103

“I am thrilled that many of my friends participated in the library games that I organised together with other Reading Ambassadors. It was indeed a meaningful experience!”

Student from class 104