Language Arts – English Language and Literature for all students

All students take Language Arts from secondary 1 to 4. In this subject, students learn to use the English language skilfully as well as acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to appreciate and critique a range of Literature texts written in English.

Learners are engaged in meaning-making with authentic literary and non-literary texts relevant to real-world contexts. The English Language Arts classroom seeks to promote active participation and multiple viewpoints, through which the student may discover her own voice and express it with conviction, style and grace. Students hone their oral communication skills by telling stories, producing screencasts and podcasts, and taking part in Socratic seminars and debates. They polish their written communication skills by writing narratives, recounts, journals, reflective essays, poems, editorials and argumentative essays.

Through Language Arts, all students get a foundation in Literature that will enable them to better appreciate Literature in JC, even if they do not take Literature as a separate subject at the upper secondary level. This opens up more options for students, allowing them to select their JC subject combination based on their aptitude and interest.

After reading coming-of-age novels, students wrote journals to record their reflections.

Literature Mentorship Programme – for secondary 2 students strong in Literature

Students stronger in Literature and with a passion for the subject are mentored in this enrichment programme in their secondary 2 year. Secondary 2 students keen to enrol in this programme can sign up for the selection test.

Literature – for upper secondary students interested in pure Literature

Students who enjoy Literature may choose to take Literature as a separate subject in secondary 3 and 4. They will study Literature in greater depth and acquire the skills needed for writing a research essay. This subject introduces students to the greatness and variety of English Literature through the ages. It also includes texts from around the world, from American and European Literature to African and Asian writing in English and translated works. Students keen to read Literature at H2 level in JC will get training that prepares them to excel in the subject.

Advanced Literature (HP) – for talented students interested in the JC Humanities Programme 

This is a talent development programme for students capable of being stretched in Literature and other humanities subjects. They will read more complex texts and engage in comparative analyses of a wide range of literary texts. They will have more choice in their research essay. To feel comfortable doing this subject, students need to be independent learners who value the process of research, discussion and exchange of views. Students are selected based on stringent criteria.

Literature students visited the ArtScience Museum to experience works of digital art which were able to engage multiple senses. They then wrote a poem to capture their experience, making use of literary elements to convey their aesthetic, emotional and intellectual engagement with the artwork.

Drama – for all secondary 2 students

This subject is taken by all Secondary 2 students. The curriculum is designed to engage and challenge students to maximize their expressive abilities and enjoyment of theatre. By working individually and collaboratively, students will create drama that explores a range of imagined and created situations; they will perform scripted and devised drama using a variety of performance techniques, dramatic forms and conventions to engage an audience; they will also reflect on the meaning and function of drama and theatre in relation to the human experience. 

Secondary 2 students invited their family and friends to the annual DramaFest, where each class put up a play that was written, directed, managed and performed by the students.

Philosophical Inquiry – for all secondary 2 students

We believe in exposing students to Philosophy, so that they will develop the ability to logically and critically examine assumptions, beliefs and issues. Students will be nurtured through the process of understanding Philosophy: learning about logical principles, discussing ideas and reading philosophical texts closely.


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