English & Literature
Mission“To develop our students into effective communicators"
The English Language and Literature Department supports the school’s Applied Learning Programme. (ALP) aims to develop Crestians into effective communicators who are capable of articulating complex information and ideas in varying contexts and modes. To this end, a slew of programmes have been organised to develop Crestians, as well as make learning experiences meaningful and engaging.
Secondary One ALP
For Secondary One students, the EL Department has designed lessons that would allow students to be creative in the narrative genre. The culmination of the lessons will be a digital story-telling project where students weave a narrative, marrying their understanding of visuals and text which they will then present to their peers. This project also presents them with a platform to express themselves and to learn how to entertain an audience.
Secondary Two ALP
To enhance the students’ skills in writing and speaking in the news genre, students engage in a performance task where they research, write a short feature story of a landmark, then present it as part of a feature story broadcasting project. They will also use the school’s multimedia room – The Black Box.
Students assuming the role of news anchor
Secondary Three ALP
Secondary Four and Five ALP
Our Secondary Four and Five students take the lead in inspiring juniors through their impassioned speeches delivered during our morning Advocacy Programme. Topics delivered thus far include the refugee crisis in war-torn countries, showing kindness to all in the community, casual racism and cultivating a healthy self-esteem by loving ourselves.
Whole-School Programme (Sec 1 – 5) Critical Writing and Spontaneous Writing
The Critical and Spontaneous Writing programme is a weekly activity for the students.
In Critical Writing, students learn to appreciate how multimodality works in language. Students are exposed to visual texts which they have to analyse and evaluate. Spontaneous Writing helps students to develop fluency in writing. Students are given topics weekly for them to respond in Spontaneous Writing.
Reading Programme (Sec 1 – 5)
To inculcate a love for reading, time is set aside weekly for the students to read. There is a wide exposure of reading materials given to them ranging from story books to newspapers. Students also subscribe to magazines of good quality to aid in their language proficiency.
Throughout the year, many activities have also been organised to promote
a love of reading among Crestians.
Blind Date with a Book
Experiential Learning Day (Sec 2)
To give students an opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in class and to build their confidence in speaking in real-world context, the students go to a touristy area such as the Merlion Park where they will interact with the tourists by engaging them and presenting to them a short presentation on the attractions of the area.
The Literature Unit of the English and Literature department supports the school’s ALP programme in class. In Secondary One, students videotape themselves in groups for their Choral Speaking project. They learn how to enunciate and emote a piece of poetry effectively to entertain. Secondary Two students embark on a photography project where they have to present clearly the picture they have taken in front of the class. This Through the Lens project allows students to articulate their thoughts confidently as they explore their Literature text, Shooting Kabul. Secondary Three students learn the basics of debates and apply them in the classroom. Debates in the classroom allows students to take on multiple perspectives based on the texts they study and learn persuasion skills. Secondary Four and Five Literature students go through a Theatre immersion programme where they learn more about Drama via watching productions and workshops, and applying them in the Literature classroom.
2018 National Schools Literature Festival: immersing ourselves in a Literary experience
PRCS Literary Week
Students from Drama Club put up a snippet from Haresh Sharma’s Off Centre
Muhammad Irfan bin Mohamad Radi from 5/2 shared three of his Haikus
A book sale that was organised in conjunction with PRCS Literary Week
To deepen the language learning experience, Crestians have a chance to watch plays such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Our students are usually thrilled by the experience of watching a live performance and captivated by the impressive production sets.
Crestians catching an award-winning play – ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’