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The English department is committed to developing critical thinkers, readers and writers who examine issues from diverse perspectives, and communicate their views effectively. We pride ourselves on being a dynamic team and our teachers are always willing to try new pedagogical methods to inspire our students to learn.


The General Paper (GP) programme builds up our students’ knowledge of current affairs and develops their understanding of the world. We seek to develop a keen awareness of political, social and ethical issues in our students. They will broaden their global outlook while remaining mindful of the unique circumstances within Singapore. Our students will also cultivate maturity of thought through making informed judgement and critical evaluation of various issues and perspectives, before reconciling and articulating their viewpoints through the proficient use of the English language.

To enrich their GP experience, our students participate in programmes and competitions such as the Pre-University Seminar, the YMCA Plain Speaking English Awards competition and The Queen's Commonwealth Essay competition. In addition, all JC1 students undergo an oral communication skills training programme to hone their public speaking and presentation skills.



“All men desire to know,” said Aristotle. In this spirit, Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) is a subject that focuses on the nature of knowledge and its construction in areas such as the sciences, the social sciences, mathematics and aesthetics. In the course of KI, students will acquire an awareness of the ethical dimensions of knowledge construction, develop critical thinking skills, a capacity for independent learning and the ability to communicate clearly and convincingly.

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Learning KI at TJC

KI is conceptually distinct from traditional subjects. It emphasises learner-centredness, negotiated learning and spiral progression. The teaching of this subject hinges on the principle that the learning must meet the needs and abilities of the students and they are given opportunities to confront new information and experiences in the search for meaning. It also encourages teachers and students to work together to decide on the areas of exploration. Finally, the syllabus explores and applies concepts and process skills at increasing levels of difficulty.