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Secondary English

ENGLISH

The ILLAC Programme adapts closely to MOE’s latest revision of the English Language Syllabus (2020) and builds on the progression of language skills, learner strategies and knowledge about the English language.

Our syllabus aims to advance students’ self-regulation and to bring interaction, oracy and productive skills to a more sophisticated level.

The programme helps develop critical thinking, extensive and wide listening, reading and viewing skills to process longer, more complex texts, and an informed personal and critical response in speaking, writing and representing.

Above that, our students will also learn about the requirements and question formats for all components at the Secondary level for Cambridge/MOE/ International Baccalaureate (Language Arts) / Express / Normal Academic/Normal Technical examinations from our experienced MOE certified teachers.

Lower Secondary English Language skills developments:

Holistic overview

  1. Listen, read and view critically and with accuracy, understanding and appreciation a wide array of literary and informational texts in standard English from print, nonprint and digital networked sources.
  2. Speak, write and represent in standard English that is grammatical, fluent, intelligible and appropriate for different purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures.
  3. Use standard English grammar and vocabulary accurately and appropriately, and understand how speakers/writers put words together and use language to communicate meaning and achieve impact.
  4. Use English with impact, effect and affect.

Specific skills development

  • Identify main ideas and details in written, spoken and visual texts
  • Plan, organise and show development of ideas
  • Read aloud a given text with accurate pronunciation, clear articulation, fluently with appropriate variations in voice qualities (pace, volume, tone and stress).
  • Respond, in speech or writing, to a variety of written, spoken and visual texts
  • Show understanding of how use of language achieves purpose and impact
  • Show understanding of a variety of written, spoken and visual texts at the literal, inferential and evaluative levels
  • Speak and write in internationally acceptable English
  • Speak, read aloud and write to suit purpose, audience and context
  • Speak and write using appropriate register and tone
  • Speak and write clearly, effectively, relevantly and coherently
  • Synthesise, summarise and organise information
  • Use varied sentence structures and a wide and appropriate vocabulary with clarity and precision
  • Use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling

 

Assessment skills development

  • Paper 1 – Introduction to Editing (Grammar) Spotting and Correcting 8 grammatical errors within a 12-line passage. Focus on different word class: Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Tenses, Conjunctions, Articles, Modifiers, Determiners, Quantifiers and Subject-Verb Agreement.
  • Paper 1 – Introduction to Situational Writing Tasks. Focus on Informal Email, Formal Email, Incident Report (Eyewitness), Webpage/Magazine Article content generation, tone and language register.
  • Paper 1 – Introduction to Composition/Essay genres for: Narrative Writing, Personal Recount with Reflective Elements, Descriptive Writing.
  • Paper 2 – Introduction to Visual Text Comprehension. Focus on Pictorial Sources audience, context, purpose, culture based on Header, Text description, Angles and Images.
  • Paper 2 – Introduction to Narrative Text Comprehension. Focus on Literal, Inferential, Quotation and Global Questions for Plot Sequencing and Environment/Characters Cues.
  • Paper 2 – Introduction to Factual Text Comprehension. Focus on Perspective Taking, Summarising Contextual Points and Rephrase Text in Own Words.
  • Paper 3 – Introduction to Listening for Gist and Details. Focus on notes-taking and annotation, mental sequence using Venn Diagram, Mind Mapping, Flow Chart.
  • Paper 4 – Introduction to Oral Communication via Personal Response to Videos and Podcast/Vodcast, generating content for 2-minute Speech Presentation

Upper Secondary English Language skills development:

Holistic overview

Ethical

  • Raise awareness of timeless issues concerning society
  • Promote the appreciation of multiple perspectives
  • Build empathy and global awareness.

Aesthetic

  • Inculcate the habit of close reading
  • Promote heightened appreciation of nuances of language
  • Sensitise students to artistic decisions made by writers.

Intellectual

  • Cultivate metacognitive habits of mind as students pay attention to the impact of language on one’s thoughts and feelings
  • Develop greater acceptance for ambiguity and open-endedness
  • Equip students with the skills to convince others of their interpretations, based on sound reasoning with evidence.

Specific skills development

  • Strengthen routine strategies to identify main ideas and details in written, spoken and visual texts
  • Improvise plan, organise and show development of ideas
  • Amplify and effective roleplay in reading aloud a given text with accurate pronunciation, clear articulation, fluently with appropriate variations in voice qualities (pace, volume, tone and stress).
  • Enforced responses in speech or writing, to a variety of written, spoken and visual texts
  • Demonstrates critical understanding of how use of language achieves purpose and impact
  • Exhibits in-depth understanding of a variety of written, spoken and visual texts at the literal, inferential and evaluative levels
  • Confidently speak and write in internationally acceptable English
  • Effectively speak, read aloud and write to suit purpose, audience and context
  • Appropriately speak and write using appropriate register and tone
  • Conscientiously speak and write clearly, effectively, relevantly and coherently
  • Efficiently synthesise, summarise and organise information
  • Fluently use varied sentence structures and a wide and appropriate vocabulary with clarity and precision
  • Prompt usage of correct grammar, punctuation and spelling

 

Assessment skills development

  • Paper 1 – Improving techniques to accurately handle Editing (Grammar) Spotting and Correcting 8 grammatical errors within a 12-line passage. Focus on different word class: Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Tenses, Conjunctions, Articles, Modifiers, Determiners, Quantifiers and Subject-Verb Agreement.
  • Paper 1 – Generate content and formatting with appropriate tone and register for Situational Writing Tasks. Focus on Speech Script Writing, Proposal Report, Formal Letter Writing, Testimonial Writing and Marketing Articles.
  • Paper 1 – Familiarising with Composition/Essay genres for: Expository Writing, Discursive, Argumentative and Hybrid Genres.
  • Paper 2 – Strengthening responses and strategies to master Visual Text Comprehension. Focus on Impact, Effect and Persuasiveness of the Pictorial Sources (audience, context, purpose) Text Header and descriptions.
  • Paper 2 – Justify responses effective for Narrative Text Comprehension. Focus on Literal, Inferential, Quotation and Global Questions for Plot Sequencing and Environment/Characters Cues.
  • Paper 2 – Concise reframing and phrases manipulation for Factual Text Comprehension. Focus on Perspective Taking, Summarising Contextual Points and Rephrase Text in Own Words.
  • Paper 3 – Routine practices for Listening for Gist and Details. Focus on notes-taking and annotation, mental sequence using Venn Diagram, Mind Mapping, Flow Chart.
  • Paper 4 – Ample opportunities for Oral Communication via Personal Response to Videos and Podcast/Vodcast, generating content for 2-minute Speech Presentation.

How to register?

You can call, Whatsappemail or visit us at Vision Exchange #06-15, or West Coast Plaza Level #01-16/17/18 to register.