English Language & Literature
About English Language, Literature & Elements of Business Skills
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
|Ms Norita Ali||(HOD EL, LIT & EBS)|
|Ms Moon Jia Yuan||(Subject Head English Language)|
|Ms Yvonne Lin||(Subject Head Literature)|
|Mrs June Law||(Subject Head ICT)|
|Mdm Rosalind Lee||(Lead Teacher EL)|
|Ms Evonne Tham||(Senior Teacher EL)|
|Mrs Sarala Rajan||(Teacher)|
|Mrs Vanessa Tan||(Teacher)|
|Ms Astri Nur Rissa||(Teacher)|
|Mrs Dhanya Kannan||(Teacher)|
|Ms Dawn Lam Huisi||(Teacher)|
|Ms Veronica Lee Fong Ting||(Teacher)|
|Mrs Isaac – Kirrthana||(Teacher)|
|Mrs Vicki Choo||(Teacher)|
|Ms Yvonne Ng||(Teacher)|
|Ms Phyllis Loe||(Teacher)|
|Mr Lee Chin Han||(EBS)|
|Mr Lee Lea Khoon||(EBS)|
Extensive Reading Programme - #MeridianReads
Updates for 2020
At Meridian Secondary, we aim to awaken the inner reader in every Meridian. As the library is an oasis of knowledge and resources that opens up the imagination of our students, the English Language Department partnered the National Library Board in 2018 to revamp our school library.
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 ‘Redesign a Book Cover’, ‘Book Fairy Giveaway’, ‘Go on a Blind Date with a Book’, ‘Print to Reel’, ‘Book Recommendation for you’. Lower Secondary students can look forward to attaining the “Best Reader Award” by completing their reading logs as well.
To build a strong reading culture within our classrooms, we provided our Sec One classes with a classroom library each. They can customise their own classroom library and pick up the habit of reading through a good book selection.
English Language & Literature Week
To foster a love of the English Language in our students through different platforms and to celebrate the joy of reading and writing, the English Language & Literature Week features a number of activities to nurture creativity among the students. For example, there is a Book Character Dress Up Day for students to dress up and represent a character from a book they have read. For the Lower Sec, we also have a Spelling Bee Competition, and for the Upper Sec, a Creative Writing Competition. The English Language & Literature Week is always a buzzing week of exciting activities!
Literature – Sec One Process Drama
This is part of the Sec 1 Literature curriculum, where students can exercise their creativity by expanding on a chosen scene in their text. This year, students read the book ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ and imagined how the funeral for Leslie, the protagonist, might have been like. Through this process, students would plan, script and enact the scene, demonstrating a good understanding of the various characters and their motivations.
National Singapore Literature Festival
The NSLF experience was uniquely fruitful. There was a short yet entertaining introduction to analysing perspectives in literature. I personally found it very beneficial because it gave an insightful and different approach to understanding and breaking down complicated text. I also participated in a debate and this was a great opportunity for me to re-explore the stories. After hours of preparation and an engaging debate, I gained many new perspectives from my teammates and the opponents. – Su Let Yati Soe 4E3
For Words Go Round 2020, we are privileged to invite Mr Kenny Leck, to speak to our Secondary 3 Literature students as part of the “Art and Work” series.
In this talk, Kenny Leck, who owns independent bookstore BooksActually and publishing company Math Paper Press, shares his insight into what makes a literary ecosystem and what motivates him to keep his business strong even as major bookstores continue to close their doors. This talk provided our students with a different perspective, in which the production of writing through publishing is at the front and centre.
Our students attended talks by writers to learn about writer’s craft, and how they create the imaginary world. Our Sec 1 students enjoyed a session by Alwyn Hamilton, author of the “Rebel of the Sands” trilogy while our Upper Sec Lit students interacted with Yeo Wei Wei and Felix Chong, writers of “Here and Beyond: 12 Stories”.
Interdisciplinary Learning Journey
Interdisciplinary Learning Journey (In collaboration with the Music Department)
The English department joined hands with the Music department to plan an interdisciplinary learning journey for the Secondary 2 students. A lesson package was designed to achieve the following learning objectives in English Language:
Students will be able to:
- Listen to, view and respond to a variety of texts for understanding and enjoyment (e.g., appreciation of imagery, rhythm, humour in language style)
- Explore and analyse the appropriate use of language, including literary language and word play, and how they influence the intended meaning and impact of the writing
- Recognise, appreciate and use words for effect (onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors, imagery, hyperbole, personification).
The Learning Journey Experience
During music lessons, students were introduced to the music format of rapping before the learning journey.
During the learning journey, students were brought to the CBD area where teachers guided students to explore the idea of ‘Modernity’, introduced them to thematic vocabulary such as skyscrapers, hubbub, state-of-the-art, before giving students time to work in groups and co-construct rap lyrics. Teachers encouraged inquiry through dialogue, facilitated knowledge construction by guiding students to generate questions collaboratively as they discussed about the lyrics.
By exploring various formats of writing such as song lyrics, poems, photo captions throughout the learning journey, students experienced how the semiotic features of multimodal texts work together to make meaning. This experience enhanced students’ understanding of language use according to purpose, audience, context and culture.
Finally, students were exposed to metacognitive skills as they presented the learning journey projects to their peers and shared their thought processes as well as gave constructive feedback on the quality of work presented.
Photo credits to https://hivelife.com/is-singapore-a-country/, https://singaporemagazine.sif.org.sg/poetry-in-motion
Literature Learning Journey to Philatelic Museum
All Sec 2 students went to the Singapore Philatelic Museum for their post-exam activity. The Literature learning journey to an exhibit on “The Little Prince” allowed students to develop an interest in reading a classic novel as it provides background and context with regards to the writer and story.
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.