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Curriculum and Pedagogy
The General Paper curriculum aims to enable students to better understand the world in which they live by fostering a critical awareness of various political, economic and social issues. Through this, students will broaden their global outlook while remaining mindful of shared historical and social experiences both within Singapore and the region.
The subject also seeks to develop maturity of thought, critical thinking skills, evaluation of arguments and opinions and the proficient use of language. Students are expected to read widely.
At Temasek Junior College, General Paper is taught through tutorials where students engage in group and class discussions, learn to present arguments through oral presentations and written work. Resource packages with extensive reading material on various topics, multimedia resources and current affairs supplements are also made available to students.
Higher-ability students take part in enrichment lessons once a week, where they engage in discussions of more challenging topics and learn techniques to handle higher-order questions. At the same time, higher-ability students are encouraged to take part in prestigious international essay-writing competitions such as the Royal Commonwealth Write Around the World competition and the Stanford Essay-Writing Competition.