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English Language 

Department Vision

A Competent and Confident Communicator

  • Competent -  build competency through the instructional programmes that include reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Confident - build up confidence through authentic opportunities to use the standard EL and platforms to showcase pupils' abilities

Objectives

The EL Programme aims to:

  • Develop in pupils a love for reading
  • Widen their horizon through the content of their reading
  • Enable pupils to speak, write and make presentations in internationally acceptable English
  • Help pupils interact effectively by making the correct linguistic choices to suit purpose, audience, context and culture.


Key Programmes in EL Department - STELLAR

What is STELLAR?

Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading

Vision of STELLAR
To nurture pupils who love reading and who have a strong foundation in the English Language

With STELLAR, pupils will:

  • learn English using various speaking and listening activities
  • learn reading and writing using rich and interesting books, with discussions led by the teacher

The STELLAR classroom environment is:

  • focussed on children’s interaction rather than on teacher-talk
  • enriched with children’s written language
  • filled with various reading materials for children’s use


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Assessment of pupils

Pupils are assessed through various ways:

  • Observation of pupils' progress through classwork
  • Pen & Paper Tests
  • Oral Examination
  • Listening Examination

Rubrics are used in some of the assessments. 

 

English Programme in CCPS

Oral Companion

As part of the English Department strategies to help pupils be self-directed and collaborative learners, pupils make use of Oral Companion, an online voice recording tool in the school-subscribed Learning Management System, ASKnLearn, to record their reading of texts. This allows pupils to listen to and evaluate their own reading.

Having the readings recorded also provide opportunities for pupils to make use of school-based rubrics to evaluate their own reading as well as their peers’.

Companion Books
Apart from STELLAR, Primary 3-5 pupils will have additional reading material and grammar practices based on the companion booklet. 

The books introduce pupils to different text types and enable pupils to acquire different language skills in meaningful contexts. Each book is based on a theme. The themes and activities incorporate the various educational initiatives and study skills which are aligned to STELLAR. 
 

Pupils learn the reading, grammar, text type and writing in a progressive way. Differentiated questions help build pupils’ confidence in comprehension. The writing task help to reinforce and consolidate the language skills covered. 

Annotation
EL Thinking skill – Metacognition
To be able to train pupils to be aware of their own knowledge and have the ability to understand, control, and manipulate their own cognition. 

Metacomprehension

  • Pupils’ ability to monitor how they understand information being communicated (text, speech, image).
  • Teachers want to avoid situation where pupils finish reading passages without understanding it and hence unable to answer the questions.
  •  Strategy taught to pupils for Comprehension OE and Cloze OE is to annotate.


Strategy - Annotation in Reading Comprehension or Cloze OE
Annotating is a writing-to-learn strategy. Pupils ‘dialogue with the text’. With annotation, pupils learn to read critically.

Pupils learn to check for confusion, clarify inconsistency, relate different parts together and link text to prior knowledge. These help pupils to read actively so that pupils reach a deeper level understanding when reading. Annotation forces the pupils to pause (slow the reading down) and think thus making them active readers. 

Strategy – Using 3R during Conversation
When it comes to the art of conversation, teachers teach pupils to become good communicator. The 3R is a strategy to help pupils convey ideas and information successfully. With adequate practice, pupils will eventually be spontaneous.

3R stands for Reply, Reason and Relate. Whenever a question is asked, pupils would give a reply, a reason for the reply and then bring in a personal response relating to the reply. Here, pupils can talk about any incident in their lives that is relating to the reply and reason.

The strategy enables pupils to give personal responses that is well developed. Pupils would also be confident about their responses as they are expand their answer which is related to their lives and also related to the theme as introduced in the question.

 

I Love Literature

I Love Literature develops literary and comprehension skills through children's literature. In line with the latest English Language Syllabus, I Love Literature gives every child a head-start in literature-based approach to EL learning. 

Developing literary and comprehension skills with:

                                    • Comprehension
                                    • Literary Elements
                                    • Critical Thinking
                                    • Life Skills Activities
                                    • Vocabulary

Books2Go

Pupils get to browse and borrow books on the spot and thus develop their interest for reading.

 

Read, Swap & Share

Pupils swap and share books with one another, prompting interesting book-related conversations. 

 

Read, Reap, Write

By reading and reflecting on thought-provoking extracts from books, pupils will be encouraged to think critically and draw parallels between what is described in the excerpt and their real-life experiences.