English Language & Literature
The English Language curriculum in Fajar Secondary School focuses on the concept of 'A Strong Foundation and Rich Language for All' as set out in MOE's 2010 EL syllabus.
When they graduate, students will be able to communicate effectively in English as a result of their development in:
- Receptive Skills: Listening, Reading and Viewing are skills which are required for the making of meaning from ideas or information
- Productive Skills: Speaking, Writing and Representing are skills that enable the creation of meaning
- Knowledge about Language: Understand and use internationally acceptable English (Standard English) grammar and vocabulary for effective communication
The skills of Viewing and Representing are integrated with Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing to take into account the importance of developing information, media, and visual literacy skills in the teaching and learning of English Language.
• Reading Programme
Reading is an integral part of language learning. In order to encourage students to take a greater interest in reading, the department provides a plethora of reading opportunities and materials for students to read a variety of texts, ranging from the newspapers for current affairs, to stories, poetry, and non-fiction, both print and non-print.
We have differentiated reading materials in the EL classroom to cater to the varied abilities of the students. We also have an ICT-infused reading programme for our NT students. Students are provided with iPads with graded readers.
• Joy of EL Learning
We do have school-wide practices designed to inspire in students, a love for the language.
- Morning Bites
- What’s Up Friday
• Language Fest
The annual Language fest is a fun event held by the English Department to promote the beauty of the English Language. Learning of English becomes plenty of fun as games, quizzes, trails and a whole host of language activities are planned – all to make English a living, breathing, fascinating yet relevant subject.
• Choral Speaking (Literature)
Choral Speaking is the "reading or reciting of a text by a group. Preparation for a performance may involve interpretation of the text; experimentation with language, rhythm, volume, pace, and different numbers of voices; and rehearsal.” Our Literature programme aims to teach our students that such is the beauty of the English Language. Our students take part in the annual Choral Speaking Competition at the National level when they can select any poem but the performance cannot exceed three minutes. It is hoped that through such programme, our students learn not only the functional aspects of English but also language for literary appreciation.
• Media Literacy
In order to acquire skills and competencies which are relevant in the 21st century, the department teaches Media Literacy. The programme emphasizes the need to be able to interpret both print and non-print texts and to decode and make conclusions about messages in advertisements, films, webpages and other texts and images, both in print and non-print media.
• Speed-Dating Approach to the teaching of Spoken Interaction
The brainchild of one of our English teachers, students go through a rapid round of discussion topics to develop their ability to perform well at the National Oral Examination. The Speed-Dating Approach was awarded the Best Cluster Suggestion of the Year in 2013.
• Enhancing English Language Teaching (En-ELT)
The school has been working with MOE's CPDD Unit over the years over four teaching strategies that support EL teaching by infusing 21st century competencies, deepening teacher leadership and improving student learning and achievement, in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The four teaching strategies employed over the years include retelling, process writing, reciprocal teaching and creative, critical and inventive thinking. The students and teachers have indeed benefited from participating in this project.
• Partnership with National Library Board (NLB)
Partnership with NLB via READ@School allows students to take part in a comprehensive range of reading activities that are pegged to their appropriate developmental reading age. These activities are tailored to inspire students to read more and pursue reading as a pleasurable activity.