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English Language & Literature

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, "Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow." In Naval Base Secondary School, the English Language & Literature Department believes that the English Language plays an important functional role - communication. This means being able to think and interact with others in order to understand and be understood.

To develop Navalites to be effective users of the language, the department has put in place strategies and programmes to enhance their skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. For instance, our Reading Programme seeks to expose Navalites to different text-types and genres, including story extracts, newspaper articles, and even the art pieces of their schoolmates! In these lessons, Navalites will get to read or view the text, generate their thoughts and share them with their peers in a discussion, review their initial thoughts, and pen down their own reflection. Navalites will also be introduced to thinking routines to guide them in idea generation and making thinking visible.

Navalites will also look forward to an engaging Literature curriculum, offered at the lower secondary levels, and as an Elective Humanities subject at the upper secondary level. Literature in English further encourages Navalites to be critical thinkers as they examine the purposeful use of language for impact and in bringing alive the characters, plot, setting, atmosphere, and theme. Through engaging and connecting with the texts, Navalites will also develop a keen interest on societal issues and learn to appreciate different perspectives.