Distinctive Programmes        
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The English Language & Literature Department has a staff strength of 14 trained teachers. The department is led by Mrs. Raj-Priyahlatha Nainar as Head of Department and by Mr Muhammad Haekal as Subject Head of English Language.


OUR TEACHERS

Mrs. Raj - Priyahlatha Nainar
HOD / English Language and Literature
priyahlatha_nainar@moe.edu.sg
Mr Muhammad Haekal bin Mohamed Taib
SH / English Language
muhammad_haekal_mohamed_taib@moe.edu.sg
Mr E.M. Rajaen
SH / Student Management
e_m_rajaen@moe.edu.sg
Ms Maria Concepcion Gumban Baluyut
Literature Coordinator [S1-4]

maria_concepcion_gumban_baluyut@moe.edu.sg

 Ms Nerissa Koh Shiu Lingkoh_shiu_ling@moe.edu.sg 
Ms Nur Hidayah Bohari nur_hidayah_bohari@moe.edu.sg
Ms Soh Jia Mei Kezia soh_jia_mei_kezia@moe.edu.sg
Mr Odayyapan Suppiah  odayappan_suppiah@moe.edu.sg
Ms Siti Farhana siti_farhana_ghufran@moe.edu.sg
Ms Teng Jing Ying Victoria teng_jing_ying@moe.edu.sg
Ms Thivya d/o Asokan thivya_asokan@moe.edu.sg



PHILOSOPHY

The EL and Literature Department has the vision of developing Greenridgeans to be ‘Dynamic thinkers, inspiring leaders and contributing citizens who strive to learn as a community and are proficient and effective in communicating* with the EL-speaking counterparts (both locally and internationally), taking into account the importance of Purpose, Audience, Context and Culture (PACC)’.

To realise this vision, our department emphasises on developing the students’ competencies in the productive skills (speaking, writing, representing, knowledge about language: grammar and vocabulary) as well as in the receptive skills (listening, viewing and reading) throughout the 4 to 5 years in GSS.


DEPARTMENT PEDAGOGY

Teachers use a repertoire of pedagogies to engage students in learning new concepts and skills. Three pedagogical approaches form the spine that supports most of the mathematics instruction in the classroom. They are not mutually exclusive and could be used in different parts of a lesson or unit.

Activity Based Learning
Students engage in activities to explore and learn mathematical concepts and skills, individually or in groups

Teacher-Directed Inquiry
Teachers lead students to explore, investigate and find answers on their own. Students learn to focus on specific questions and ideas and are engaged in communicating, explaining and reflecting on their answers.

Direct Instruction
Teachers introduce, explain and demonstrate new concepts and skills. Teachers draw connections, pose questions, emphasise key concepts, and role-model thinking.


DISTINCTIVE DEPARTMENT PROGRAMMES

Programme Objectives
Camera. Lights. Action! Programme Project Work (PW) for the Lower Secondary Express and Normal (Academic) classes takes the form of the CLAP. PW encourages student-centred learning as they co-operate with one another to explore social issues of interest to them, hence developing their Social Emotional Learning (SEL). 
Reading Programme The EL department strives to incorporate the love for the language and infuse thinking skills through its reading programs. This program seeks to create awareness of current affairs and global issues through its weekly subscription to the Straits Times and quarterly subscription of a variety of magazines. These reading materials are weaved in with EL teaching to scaffold and build on thinking and Language that are aimed at grooming a cosmopolitan citizen.
Connecting with Local Writers The Literature tea works to bring Literature alive through its yearly dialogue sessions with local writers and exploration of local texts. These learning experiences and journeys promote engagement with literary forms as well as build greater empathy for different cultures and awareness of global issues.

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HOMEWORK AND ASSESSMENT POLICY

Homework Assessment
To help students apply their learning and to help teachers identify gaps in learning, the EL department’s homework policy is designed to ensure that students will have sufficient hands-on practice on the skills taught. This means that other than assignments given during class, the students will have a weekend homework which also serves to help students consolidate learning for that week. 

For EL:
30 minutes (min) to 1 hour 30 minutes (max)

For Lit (Lower Sec):
15 minutes (minimum) to 30 minutes (maximum)    

For Lit (Upper Sec):
30 minutes (minimum) to 1 hour 30 minutes (maximum)
Objectives 

When assessing our students' attainment of the EL Learning Outcomes at both Lower and Upper Secondary, all the six Areas of Language Learning – Reading & Viewing, Listening & Viewing, Writing & Representing, Speaking & Representing, Grammar and Vocabulary – will be assessed over the course of each year. 

Modes of Assessment 

Our students' EL competence will be assessed through:         
  • Formal graded assessment which includes Continuous Assessment (CA), e.g., class-based tests & oral presentations, Common Tests and Semestral Assessment (SA) 
  • Informal assessment which can include quizzes, interviews, group interactions and observations.