Nurturing a community of confident and effective speakers of the English Language
Head of Department (Covering):
Mrs April Joann Noble
ST-Learning Needs (Lower Primary Learners):
Miss Shiao Choy Peng
Learning Support Coordinator (LSC) :
Mrs Michelle Lin
EL Members by Level:
Key Personnel in EL Department:
Learning Support Coordinator (LSC):
Allied Educator for Teaching and Learning (AED):
1 ) English Fun Week
Learning a language allows us to communicate with others, to see things from a different perspective and to even become a better listener. Hence, during our annual English Fun Week, students are enthused to learn and speak Standard English through a myriad of EL-related activities both as a level and as a school.
In addition to the level activities, students will enjoy an assembly skit that focuses on the use of good English and how miscommunication often arises from the wrong use of English.
Look out for more information on our English Fun Week 2018 in Term 2!
2 ) Learning Support Programme
The Learning Support Programme (LSP) is a specialised early intervention programme aimed at providing learning support to pupils who enter Primary 1 with weak English language and literacy skills. Pupils are identified for LSP through a systematic screening process carried out at the beginning of Primary 1. The objective of the LSP is to equip pupils with basic literacy skills so that they could access learning in the regular classroom. Students attend lessons one period a day in small groups, and are taught by specially trained teachers (LSC) using strategies that will improve their reading ability.
Click on the following link for more information on LSP: https://www.schoolbag.sg/story/learning-support-for-pupils-struggling-with-english-literacy
3 ) Monthly Visit to RSS Library
Students are given the opportunity to spend a period every month in the school library where they can conduct their silent reading or be introduced to the various literature that is available in the school library. Various programmes, in-house or in collaboration with NLB and CIVICA, engages the students through different activities and enable them to widen their repertoire of reading genres.
4 ) ‘Did You Know?’ sessions
Our 5-minute ‘Did you know?’ sessions are helmed by our English Language student leaders in each class. Interesting information about the use of the English Language (right, wrong or comical) are shared with the class. Some presentations bring about an awareness of how communication can go either way when the English Language is not used in the correct way. Some highlights would be of what students often say as “I always hear it used this way means it is correct.” As what Albert Einstein said: What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.
5 ) Extensive Reading Programme (ERP)
Book flood is available in the classrooms. Students can borrow these books that are made available and have them exchanged for another when they are done with them.
6 ) Oral Communication Programme (OCP)
Students are given the opportunity to have a one-to-one oral communication session with their respective EL teachers at least once a year. The students’ performance is assessed using an oral checklist which provides them with the necessary feedback that they require to work on for improvement. Various strategies are employed in the classroom and cater to the different learning needs of the students.
7 ) Effective Communication Programme (ECP)
In order to hone students’ communication skills effectively, the following have been planned for P1 – P4 students: