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English Department

Department Staff

Mr Benjamin Yeo (HOD / EL) Mdm Maslita Suhadi (LH / EL )
Ms Sim Hui Ling (HOD/ ICT) Mr Alvin Lim (HOD / CCE)
Mdm Grace Choong (YH / P3-P4) Mdm Sellammal (ST / EL)
Mdm Azizah Mdm Tan Siew Lay
Mr Lim Beng Hee Miss Olivia Chan
Miss Su Huiya Winnie Mdm Marena Zulaiha
Mdm Ruby Gandaruban Mrs Sharon Poh
Mdm Joycelyn Tan (LSC) Ms Irene Choong (LSC)
Miss Ng Hui Min Mrs Lui Yenn Kai
Miss Tan Xin Yi, Dilys Miss Herna Natalia (AED)
Mrs Gwendolyn Lagan

Key Information

Intensive Reading Programme

Graded Readers (P1-2)

The Graded Readers Programme is carried for all Primary 1 and Priamry 2 pupils during curriculum time. It aims to instill in pupils a love for reading, encouraging them to read with confidence and becoming successful readers.

Graded reading serves a specific purpose: for readers to read enough material at one level to develop sufficient fluency and other forms of linguistic knowledge to enable them to move to a higher level.

Some benefits of graded reading include:

  • building reading speed,
  • developing reading fluency and
  • the ability to move from working with words to working with ideas.

Speech and Drama (P1-2)
Class Library (P1-3)
Literature programme (post-exam activity P3-5)

Oracy

Show and Tell (P1)
Learning Support Pragramme (P1-2)

The Learning Support Programme is an early intervention programme which aims to provide additional support in oracy for identified pupils. These pupils attend lessons during curriculum to develop their reading, spelling and comprehension skills through a structured programme.

Included in the Learning Support Programme are Reader’s Circle and Buddy Reading. These programmes, which are outside the formal curriculum, further promote a passion for reading in the pupils, as well as equip them with better reading skills.

Speech and Drama (P1-2)

The P1 and P2 English Speech and Drama programme creates opportunities for our pupils to develop their oratorical skills and confidence in using the English Language.

The activities help pupils hone their skills in voice projection, articulation, fluency in reading their lines and performing in front of a live audience. The programme also develops SEL values like teamwork, self-motivation and self-management through their participation in the drama-related activities and performances. Pupils also have fun putting on costumes and getting into their roles.

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Choral Reading (P1-2)
Poetry Recitation (P2)
Reading – Moo-O (P1-2)

Moo-O is a fun and interactive ICT-based programme where stories come to life. Pupils become part of the stories and get to record themselves reading the story as they take on the characters in the story. The fun element in the programme encourages pupils to read expressively and the ability to listen to and assess their own reading fluency allows them to continuously improve themselves in the area.

Reader’s Theatre (P3-4)

Reader’s Theatre is part of our P3 and P4 English programmes. It aims to encourage pupils to read with fluency and expression in a fun way by taking on the characters in a story. The pupils develop social-emotional competencies as they work and motivate one another while constantly improving their reading and performance. Their growing confidence in themselves as they proudly present their roles to their peers will be the most valuable outcome in the learning process.

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Prepared Speech (P5-6)

As part of the English Department’s efforts to encourage our pupils to think critically and speak confidently, we have introduced a public speaking programme called ‘Prepared Speech’ for our P5 & P6 pupils. Through this platform, the pupils are tasked to research and think critically about a given topic, and then present their stand on the topic to their classmates.

Others

Freewriting (P1-6)

Freewriting is adopted by the EL department as a strategy to help our students plan their writing better. It is a technique in which pupils write continuously for about 10 minutes without regard to spelling or grammar. This will help them to generate ideas for their writing task assigned by their teachers.

It is done every Wednesday (7.15am – 7.30am) during the class one-to-one Interaction Time. For students who are not able to be in school in time to do their Freewriting, they can do it as homework.

Reading Assistant (ICT based)

Reading Assistant is an online interactive reading program which specifically caters to pupils’ individual needs. This platform allows pupils to read books that match their reading abilities. One of the many unique features of Reading Assistant is how it models to pupils the accurate pronunciation of words in the e-books assigned to them. With this program, we hope that pupils will be able to hone their reading and comprehension skills.

SGEM@HW

SGEM@HW is coming in July 2016! 
As part of the school’s efforts in encouraging our pupils to learn English in a fun and interactive way, the English department will organise the Speak Good English Movement @ Hong Wen (SGEM @ HW). 
For one week, the pupils will learn to use good English through the many activities planned during curriculum and recess.

Useful Links

National Library Board – Interactive e-books
You will need to log in to the NLB website to access the TumbleBook Library.

Reading Assistant 
Pupils will need to log in to access the site. You will need a microphone and headphones to record and listen to the readings.

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