To develop innovative and critical thinkers who are independent, avid readers with a global outlook, and an appreciation and love of the English language.
Developing confident and effective communicators
Developing effective and confident communicators is a strong focus of the department. Students are given opportunities to hone their oral presentation skills through oral presentation practices, alternative oral assessment at lower secondary, and class discussions and presentations on gender, social, sports, environment, ethical issues, particularly related to science, at upper secondary. Other than raising critical awareness of language use and other methods of persuasion, the learning of useful public speaking skills and techniques also help students to express themselves with poise and confidence.
Assessment for Learning
Informal and alternative modes of assessment to encourage developmental and formative assessments have been firmly established as our department best practice.
The department leverages on assessment for learning to further develop effective communicators of the 21st century, focusing on identifying students’ specific strengths and weaknesses, with an emphasis on writing and speaking in an authentic environment, with specific descriptive feedback and suggestions for improvement given as well.