English Language Department
English Language Curriculum
Objectives / Outcomes
By the end of the 4-5 years of secondary school education at Northbrooks, a Brooksian should be able to develop competencies to become:
· empathetic communicators
· discerning readers, and
· creative inquirers
Approach / Pedagogy
In line with the school’s strategic plan to foster critical thinking through active learning (SO 1.1), the English Department designs curriculum with a focus on the following:
a) Inquiry through Dialogue. Students deepen their learning of language through exploratory talk.
b) Metacognition. Students use metacognition strategies to guide their processing of information.
c) Multiliteracies. Students become aware of and adept at analysing the multi-modal nature of texts.
Additionally, the school’s strategic objective to enhance assessment for learning (AfL) through effective feedback (SO 1.2) is carried out through the department’s use of ‘Responsive Teaching, Responsive Assessment’ to guide our practices. Teachers also adopt the thoughtful and flexible use of CLLIPS and ACoLADE, as laid out in the EL Syllabus.
EL and Literature Signature Programmes
1. Extensive Reading Programme / Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R. Time): Each student purchases two novels a year from a curated list for each stream / level. The weekly silent reading period, supported by follow-up classroom projects and activities, allow students to discover the joy of reading. Screenings of the print-to-screen adaptations of the novels further enhance the students’ experience.
2. English Language and Literature Festival (ELLF): An annual event filled with language learning games and activities to foster the joy of learning English and Literature.
3. Speaking activities: Selected students are given opportunities for public speaking, such as presentations on current issues, book promotions, as well as speaking competitions.
4. Resident Writers Programme: Selected students develop their creative writing skills through projects such as the school newsletter and writing competitions.
5. Meet-the-Author sessions: Aspiring writers and avid readers can meet local authors who are invited to the school for book talks and writing workshops.