English Department


The EL department believes in the infinite potential of every child to love and enjoy the language:

  • We introduce full Shakespearean texts at the lower levels as part of the curriculum.
  • We conduct drama in the curriculum also at the lower levels to give budding thespians a chance to express themselves.
  • At the upper levels, we have projects like Instapoetry that combine social media and literature appreciation.
  • Theatre outings several times a year for all levels for an out of classroom literary experience.
  • Our students do real-world projects such as writing a policy paper and designing a school curriculum.

“The English department teachers in Catholic High are very inspiring and have on multiple occasions prompted me to think above and beyond what is in the syllabus, and applying the skills I learned to analysing and understanding the real world.”

– Gideon Law (4-3/2016)

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Our students presenting at the Singapore Seminar 2017 and meeting Minister Mrs Josephine Teo


Our Approach

Overarching Approach and Purpose

Using a diverse range of texts, contexts & performance skills platforms that explore Human Condition themes to develop:

  • Fundamentals in Linguistics, Logic and Literature
  • Broad Exposure and Experiences
  • Deep Exploration of Individual Talent Areas.

To equip and enable our students with the ability to:

  • Make sense, construct meaning and effect change in a fast dynamic world.
  • Exercise literary sensitivities and inculcate nuanced perspectives.
  • To be passionate, articulate and empathetic gentlemen of principles and convictions.

Curriculum Areas

LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM

  1. English Language Arts Year 1 to Year 4
  2. Fundamentals leading towards JC GP and HSP/Literature
    • Communication Fundamentals (Linguistics, Logic and Persuasion)
    • Extensive Thematic Exposure
    • Critical and Creative Perspectives
    • Literature Exposure
  3. EL Arts Reading Canon & Rich Reading    Thematic / Literary Appreciation Skills Representation.
  4. Current Affairs In Focus Socio-political Critical & Creative Thinking Skills Representation.
  5. Practitioner’s Insight Projects (E.g. Letters to Ministries, Short Stories Anthologies, Advocacy Project.)
  6. Public Speaking Stages 1, 2 and 3
    • Year 1: Current Affairs In Focus Weekly Discussion & Workshop
    • Year 2: Issues Forum, Social Advocacy Project, Expert Coaching
    • Year 3: Singapore Seminar National Advocacy, Expert Coaching
    • Year 4: International Perspectives Platforms

LITERATURE CURRICULUM

  1. Years 1 -2 Literature Fundamentals
    • Year 1: Literature Fundamentals
    • Year 2: Comparative Fundamentals
  2. Years 3-4 Literature Special Programme
    • Year 3-4: Critical and Comparative Studies
    • Leading towards JC HSP and JC Literature
      • Fundamentals of Practical Criticism
      • Comparative Studies in Themes – Socio-political-economic
      • Special Talent Development opportunities
  3. CH Literature Canon.
  4. Practitioner’s Insight Projects (E.g. Actor’s Arena, Character’s Journal, Literature Presentations)
  5. Literature Festival & Sharing Sessions

Skills Sets

Teaching and Learning Approach

Contextual / Thematic situations    MORAL IMAGINATION    Language and Literature Representation


Signature Programmes

  • General Knowledge Reading Programme (All Levels)
  • In Focus Current Affairs – Commentaries, Panel Discussions, Forums. (All Levels)
  • Bicultural Festival (All Levels)
  • Practitioner’s Insight Projects. E.g. Short Stories Anthologies, Letters to Agencies, Social Advocacy, Film and Media. (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  • Lit Night (Years 1 and 2)
  • Public Speaking Stages 1, 2 and 3 (Years 1, 2 and 3)
  • The Singapore Seminar (Year 3)
  • United Kingdom / United States Immersion Experience (Year 3)
  • International Perspectives (Year 4)
  • Literature Special Programme and Talent Development (Upper levels)
    • Literature Speaker’s Forums
    • Creative Writing Circle
    • Industry Journeys and Workshops and Attachments
    • Film and Media Circle
    • CH Debates and CH Theatre

Lit Night