Every PresHighian a proficient communicator capable of expressing thoughts and feelings with empathy, creativity and impact
In this digital era, we deem it important to develop students’ critical and creative thinking skills. In our English Language and Literature classrooms, we assume the role of facilitators of learning, leveraging technology to craft opportunities for our students to read, view, speak and write.
We introduce our students to a wide array of texts, including multimodal ones, and make our own thinking visible to guide their comprehension. We offer numerous platforms for inquiry, collaboration and group presentations, both in small settings and to larger audiences. Through this approach, students not only feel greater engagement but also gain a deeper appreciation of the nuances of language. The diverse perspectives they encounter enable them to reevaluate their beliefs and biases, fostering empathy.
Students who exhibit a keen interest and aptitude in the language are given opportunities to participate in enrichment programmes and competitions to further develop their passion and stretch their abilities.
1. Extensive Reading Programme
To cultivate a love for reading and to improve reading fluency, students engage in newspaper or novel reading during morning assembly.
2. EL & Literature Termly Festivals
Throughout the year, students are exposed to a range of programmes, including writers’ talks, plays and literary competitions, designed to broaden their knowledge of and deepen their passion for the English Language and Literature.
3. Speaking Enrichment and Competitions
Students with strong public speaking skills are further developed, with opportunities to serve as emcees, deliver speeches at school events and participate in speaking competitions, such as the YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA).
4. National Schools Literature Festival
Both Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary Literature students interested in Literature have the chance to participate in events during the National Schools Literature Festival, including Choral Speaking, Book Trailer and debates.