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Language Arts

Our vision as a Language Arts department is to guide and empower our students to:
  • Use language confidently, accurately and effectively
  • Read widely across a range of genres and text types
  • Communicate their ideas with clarity and conviction
  • Form and articulate well-informed opinions about social and global issues, and
  • Approach issues with sensitivity and nuance, and appreciate multiple perspectives.

Language Arts focuses on a detailed analysis of literary and non-literary texts as well as essential comprehension and essay-writing skills. Students also work on projects that emphasise inter-disciplinary learning as students adapt literary texts, work on independent research, and hone their language skills through a range of creative contexts.

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Digital art work and blackout poem created by an IP1 student
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An adaptation of The Merchant of Venice by our IP2 students in 2019

The Language Arts syllabus is designed to facilitate spiral progression in language learning and highlight connections to real-world issues. Please see the table below for a description of the focus areas for each level:

IP 1 IP 2 IP 3 IP 4
Themes Man and Identity Man and Society Man and the World Man and the Future
Essential Questions
  • What shapes your identity?

  • Does your identity change / evolve in different contexts?

  • How does one's identity affect one's perspective of events?
  • Are all human beings equal?

  • How are differences treated in your society?
  • What are the factors which cause globalisation?

  • How does globalisation affect our identity, culture, economy and environment?
  • Identity - Who am I?
    Identity as a social construct and marginalised identities

  • Responsibility - What is owed to us and what do we owe to others?

  • Possibility - How should we face the future?
Text Types
  • Narrative writing
  • Expository writing
  • Novels
  • Poetry
  • Narrative writing
  • Expository writing
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Expository writing
  • Argumentative writing
  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Argumentative writing
  • Short Stories
  • Non-fiction writing

We organise enrichment programmes such as our Choral Speaking programme for IP1 students and Drama Adaptation workshops for our IP2 students. Students who are aspiring writers and who have a keen interest in writing can take part in creative writing competitions such as the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition and Science Chronicles Competition. We also focus on developing students’ speaking and debating skills through encouraging them to take part in opportunities such as Plain English Speaking Award Competition and National Schools Literature Festival. 

To find out more about the exciting Language Arts programme, please check out the department's website here.

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2021 TEDxYouth@TJC featuring an IP3 student
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2021 Shark Tank presentations by our IP4 students