English Department

English Language

Vision
A passionate, confident and proficient English community.

Mission
To ignite students’ passion, develop them with linguistic and literary skills, and empower them into confident global citizens of the 21st Century.
By the end of Secondary 4/5 at EVG, a student should be able to:

  1. communicate effectively in different contexts
  2. think critically on a variety of world issues
  3. be confident and passionate in the use of the English language

Department Programmes & Events

Applied Learning Programme
Evergreen Secondary’s ALP is the signature Communication Skills & Inventive Thinking Programme that focuses on values, communication, creative and critical thinking using the real-world context. Through the EVG Communication Programme, we aim to nurture all our students to become confident leaders, possessing effective communication skills and a sense of purpose.  In this way, we hope to enable every EVGian to Aspire & Achieve and be inspired to contribute actively to Singapore and the wider community. (website link to ALP)

EL Week
Every March, the English Department organises a week-long event to celebrate the English language and to get students and staff to develop a greater sense of appreciation of English Language & Literature through fun and educational activities, like concert performances, panel discussions and language games.

Teachers displaying their talents during the Rap Battle @ EL Week 2018
Teachers displaying their talents during the Rap Battle @ EL Week 2018
Students having a panel discussion with School Leaders
Students having a panel discussion with School Leaders
Students having a panel discussion with School Leaders
Students having a panel discussion with School Leaders

Whole School Reading Programme
The English Department works in partnership with the The National Library Board (NLB) to provide greater reading opportunities for our EVGians through activities like mass borrowing and assembly programmes.

Mass Borrowing session for our students

Sec 4/5 EL Learning Journey
To foster greater appreciation in the arts, all Sec 4 and 5 students get the opportunity to attend a theatre performance every year.

Learning Journey to watch a theatre performance at the Esplanade

Literature

Literature Curriculum 2018

Sec 1 Prose
The Giver
Seen Poetry Writing for Literature
Sec 2 Drama
Emily of Emerald Hill
Unseen Prose
Sec 3 Julius Caesar (Lit)
Fiela’s Child (E. Lit)
Unseen Poetry & Singapore Poetry
Sec 4/5 Road to Memphis (Lit & E. Lit)
Unseen Prose

Learning Objectives
Writing Skills
Students should be able to articulate a thoughtful response to a text and construct a coherent argument so as to answer structured questions and preparatory essays.

Sec 3 and 4 Literature students attending a drama enrichment activity based on their set text

Reading Skills
Students are encouraged to read widely so as to promote a love for reading. The Literature programme provides a sound foundation for a possible extension of this subject at higher levels.

Drama Skills
Students are taught drama skills to help them understand aspects of literary study such as characterisation, setting, mood and atmosphere.

Role-playing during the Sec 2 Drama Workshop

Creative Writing Skills
Students are encouraged to explore the creation of literary works to find their personal voice, such as by composing original poems.

Why Study Literature?

  • The study of Literature both sharpens and broadens students’ minds. The critical thinking skills uniquely offered by Literature include:
    • cultivating a questioning mind;
    • exploring personal and social issues; and
    • interrogating and managing ambiguities and multiple perspectives.
  • It develops empathy and stimulates thinking about beliefs and values.
  • It builds in students socio-cultural sensitivity and awareness, as well as a global outlook.

Literature Enrichment Programmes 2018

Sec 1 Film Screening National Schools Literature Festival
Sec 2 Drama Workshop
Learning Journey to Peranakan Museum
Performance of excerpts from Emily of Emerald Hill
Sec 3 Shakespeare in the Park
Literature Learning Journey
Sec 4/5 Drama Enrichment – Road to Memphis
Julius Caesar Performance
Sec 1 Book Parade at the National Schools’ Literature Festival 2018
Sec 1 Book Parade at the National Schools’ Literature Festival 2018
Sec 2 Assembly Performance of Emily of Emerald Hill
Sec 2 Assembly Performance of Emily of Emerald Hill
Sec 2 Learning Journey to the Peranakan Museum
Sec 2 Learning Journey to the Peranakan Museum
Sec 3 Learning Journey to Geylang Serai
Sec 3 Learning Journey to Geylang Serai