English & Literature
About English & Literature
Students are competent readers, speakers and writers who are able to use the English Language to enrich their lives.
To equip students with competency and confidence in the English Language.
Approach to EL Teaching
Teachers adopt a systematic approach to teaching language skills with an emphasis on grammar and spoken English, using rich texts and a variety of language resources to help students achieve effective use of English.
- Extensive Reading Programme
- Meridian Speakers Programme
- English Language and Literature Week
EL, LIT & EBS
|1||Ms Norita Ali
(HOD EL, LIT & EBS)
|2||Ms Yvonne Lin
(Subject Head Literature)
|1E3 EL (SBB)
SEC 4 ELEC. LIT
|3||Mdm June Lee
(Assistant Year Head)
SEC 3 CORE LIT
|4||Mdm Rosalind Lee
(Lead Teacher EL)
|5||Ms Evonne Tham
(Senior Teacher EL &
EBS Coursework Supervisor)
|6||Mrs Sarala Rajan||1A2 EL (SBB)
|7||Mrs Vanessa Tan||1E1 EL
|8||Ms Moon Jia Yuan (MRL IC)||1T EL
|9||Ms Astri Nur Rissa||2E1 EL
|10||Mrs Dhanya Kannan||2T EL
|11||Ms Dawn Lam Huisi||4E1 EL
SEC 3 ELEC. LIT
SEC 4 CORE LIT
|12||Ms Veronica Lee Fong Ting||3A1 EL
|13||Mdm Nordiana Daim||2E3 EL
|14||Mdm Kala||1E2 EL
2E2 – 2E3 LIT
2A1 – 2A2 LIT
|15||Mrs Isaac – Kirrthana (Humanities)||3E4 ELemail@example.com|
|16||Mrs Vicky Choo (Humanities)||1A1 ELfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|17||Mrs Chew Jia Ay||1T, 2T ELemail@example.com|
|18||Mr Lee Chin Han||3T EBSfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|19||Mr Lee Lea Khoon||4T EBSemail@example.com|
Media Resource Library
Media Resource Library
Library Displays in the Canteen
This year, to reach out to the students, the Meridian MRL put up thematic displays just outside the library, in the canteen during recess. Thanks to the efforts of the Library Assistant, Mdm Razida and the enthusiastic library council members, the Meridians had a lot of fun reading the blurbs of the books on display and answering a short quiz. As they read the blurbs, the Meridians had the chance to discover new books. Some students would ask Mdm Razida to put the books on hold so they could return after school to borrow them.
Look out for the library display in April on Adventures!
Another initiative by the MRL and the English Language & Literature Department this year is the BINGO challenge in which students are encouraged to read widely to complete a BINGO reading card. Students would get a token gift for completing one row, and a book for completing every square.
Ms Leanna Lynn Gaffar
SH English Language
English Language & Literature Department
Extensive Reading Programme
Our teachers are reading models who promote extensive reading by giving Meridians the time, encouragement and books to read pleasurably, at their own level.
We have a wide range of activities to encourage reading in our students this year. On top of regular visits to the library during curriculum time, activities include movie screenings and design of book covers. Lower Secondary students can look forward to attaining the “Best Reader Award” by completing their book log as well.
Meridian Speakers Programme
The Meridian Speakers (MS) Programme is aimed at developing students’ speaking prowess. In partnership with the Student Leadership Development Committee, we provide opportunities for Meridians to take on the role of emcees in school and publicity events. Through this programme, Meridians learn to express themselves confidently and with respect and consideration for others.
Process Drama (Lower Sec)
Our Sec 1 students go through Process Drama, which helps students to use their imagination and be creative by using their Literature text as a platform. Students create imagined scenarios based on their understanding of the characters, and this helps them to develop empathy and a deeper understanding of the text.
EL & Lit Week 2018
Our EL & Lit week will take place from 5 March to 9 March. It is a week to celebrate the beauty of the English Language. It will be a week filled with activities such as writing competition, public speaking competition, and book quizzes.
Words Go Round 2018
This year, we have invited Alwyn Hamilton, author of “Rebel of the Sands” to speak to our Secondary 1 students about creating their own fantasy worlds. This talk will take place on 2 March, Friday.
The Sec 3 and 4 students will be attending a talk by the writers of “Here & Beyond: 12 Stories” in order to develop a deeper understanding of the text. This talk will take place on 5 March, Monday.
Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar
The Upper Sec Core Literature students will be watching a performance of Julius Caesar, by the SRT, in May.
ELEMENTS OF BUSINESS SKILLS
Approach and Pedagogy
- Adoption of Mixed Mode Delivery (MMD) such as explicit teaching, real-life business, situational videos, group work, presentations, research, reflection/ journal writing
- Infusion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Learning journeys: To link concepts learnt in the classroom to real businesses
- Participation in school-wide NT projects to apply EBS knowledge and skills learned
- Participation in competitions by external organisations ( eg EBS Amazing race)
- Visit to tertiary institutions to learn about higher skills in business studies and career development.
Words Go Round 2017
As part of our Literature enrichment programme, we are privileged to invite two writers, Christine Chia and Marina Budhos, who came and spoke to our students about the process of writing, and why they write.
Session 1: Putting History into the Poetics
On 1st March, the Secondary 2 students were treated to an enriching talk by Ms Christine Chia. Her book, “Separation: A History” draws a parallel between the split of Singapore and Malaysia, and the separation of her parents. During this session, Ms Chia introduced a haiku, and as well as other works by writers such as Alfian Sa’at, in order to provide students with a different perspective on poetry writing.
Session 2: Story-telling in creative non-fiction
On 8th March, the Sec 4 to 5 Literature students listened to Ms Marina Budhos as she spoke about weaving narrative into history. The students listened attentively as she explored this unique genre of blending fiction and non-fiction, blurring the lines and showing our students that, in this way, narratives can bring an otherwise dry topic to life. As she is an author who has written young adult novels, students also purchased her books enthusiastically after the session. Some even took photographs with her! It was indeed a fruitful session.