Applied Learning Programme (ALP)
Empathetic Communicators with a Heart
The school’s Applied Learning Programme (ALP) is a three-year programme which leverages on authentic, real-world contexts to develop values, communication skills, and creative and critical thinking skills. Called the EVG Communications Programme, it seeks to groom confident leaders with effective communication skills and a strong sense of purpose to serve for the greater good.
The ALP aligns closely to the English Language curriculum. In the present run, the Secondary 1 in-house effective reading programme focuses on the foundational skillsets of clarity and emotion in communication. The Secondary 2 debate programme aims to develop students’ capacity for deep analytical and critical thinking, through the development of coherent arguments and responding to them. The programme is integrated with the English Language syllabus for argumentative writing, and students are expected to apply the skills they have learnt in conducting discussions and presentations for the Secondary Two VIA project (Charity Bazaar). Secondary 3 students undergo an intensive programme on effective presentation skills. They build on their Lower Secondary mastery, and hone their skills to speak persuasively and with purpose. Authentic platforms to apply their skills are deliberately created in the students’ Service Learning Projects. Secondary 3 students can further sharpen their skills through the Trinity Guildhall Communication Skills Certification.
Students with strengths in communication and leadership are identified as the school’s Good English Models (GEMS). GEMS are given developmental avenues through participating in public speaking activities and hosting school-based activities, as well as participating in prestigious competitions such as the Annual Peacemakers’ Conference and the Model United Nations. They also work closely with the school’s kNow programme to present general knowledge and current affairs issues to the school population. The EVG Communications Programme gives every student, regardless of the academic course, a strong foundation and a competitive edge in expressing themselves effectively when they join the workforce.