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English Language and Literature

Head of Department/English:
Mdm S Chitradevi
Subject Head EL:

Mdm Amalina Samad


Mr Kervin Tang [Senior Teacher]

Mr Jeffrey Yoong

Mdm Martini Rahmat

Mdm Annizell Cruz Chan

Ms Audrey Chua

Ms Rahimah Rahman

Mr Charles Wong

Ms Ginny Chua

Mr Jeremy Khoo

Ms Nanthini Amathalingam

Mdm Povanneswary Krishnan

Mr Darryl Lim

Ms Jenny Margaret Thomas

Mdm Louwena Lau [Flexi Adjunct]


Passionate Readers, Competent Writers , Eloquent Communicators


To develop confident students who are highly proficient in the use of the English Language.


Our teachers are committed to produce students who are:
  • Highly proficient in the use of English Language
  • Confident and articulate speakers
  • Avid and discerning readers
  • Meticulous and creative writers

Curriculum/Subject Offered

English Language
Literature in English 

Programmes and Activities

1. Academic Programmes

  • Applied Learning Programme
    • Public Speaking
    • Debating
    • Broadcasting
    • Photo-blogging
    • Videography
    • e-Journalism
  • Reading Programme
  • Enrichment Programmes

2. Competitions

  • Orator’s Trophy
  • UNSW Writing Assessment
  • National Public Speaking Competition
  • National Schools Literature Festival

3. ICT in Teaching and Learning

  • Multimedia Project Work
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts / Vodcasts
  • Online forums
  • Online tests
  • E-Learning Day


  • Reading Programme: READ@HS
  • E-Learning (Sec 1 to 5)
  • Green Week Observation (Sec 1 to 5)
  • English Diagnostic Assessment (Sec 1 to 5)
  • Mastery Learning Programme (Sec 1 to 5)
  • Extended Curriculum (Sec 1 to 5)
  • Bridging Programme (Sec 5N)

New EL Portal

We are pleased to inform you that the EL Portals (we-Learn and EN[a]BLER) is ready for teacher and student access on:

HS Rhapsody 2017

Orator’s Trophy 2017

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Our Hougeans, Rafael (4E1) and Tieffany (2E3) performed their best in the preliminary rounds and advanced as far as the semi-finals in their respective categories in this competition organised by ACJC in Term 1. We congratulate the students for putting up a good fight.

Literature Learning Journey to Theatrical Production (PRISM)

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The 3E and 4E Literature students attended a play ‘PRISM’ on 1 March at the Drama Centre Theatre. PRISM is a thought-provoking play that highlights the importance of treasuring our nation’s heritage and culture.

EL Workshops for 4E5N and 4N classes

The first week of Term 2 saw the graduating classes attending the following workshops to prepare for their respective national exams. Our thanks to teachers who attended the workshops together with the students. ·        

  • Workshop on Developing Critical Thinking and Linguistic Skills for English Language Paper 2 for 4E5N student.
  • Workshop on Building Oral Communication and Critical Thinking Skills in English Language Paper 4 for 4N students.
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Workshops for Secondary 1E, 1NA & 1NT classes

For the Mid-Year Post-Examination Programme, all Secondary One students were put through a series of workshops as part of their Applied Learning Programme:

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Secondary 1 E – Public Speaking workshop

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Secondary 1 NA – Story Writing workshop

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Secondary 1 NT – Claymation workshop

Off Centre - A Two-Session Workshop

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The first session of the "Off Centre" workshops, conducted by Haresh Sharma was held on 16 May 2017 at the SRC. Students from Class 3E3 participated in this workshop and benefited from the rich insights shared by Mr Sharma. The second session will be end in the last week of Term 3.

National Schools Literature Festival on 15 July 2017

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The department is proud to announce that our Hougeans performed well at the Festival held at St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School, winning three debates and coming in as runners-up in the Choral Speaking category.

4E3 Set Text Debate ‘Here and Beyond’

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The Literature students from 4E3 won the debate against Dunman 

High Year 3, to clinch the winners’ trophy. 

3E3 Unseen Debate

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The Literature students from 3E3 won the debate against Evergreen Secondary, to clinch the winners’ trophy.

3E3 Set Text Debate ‘Off Centre’
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The Literature students from 3E3 won the debate against Tampines Sec, to clinch the winners’ trophy.

2E Choral Speaking

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The Literature students from 2E clinched the runners-up trophy for their Choral Speaking event.

1E2 Book Trailer
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The Literature students from 1E2 put up a good fight for their Book Trailer segment. They will grow from strength to strength.

Literature Play for 1E, 1NA, 2E students on 5 July 2017

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The department sent 185 students from 1E, 1NA and 2E to watch a play entitled ‘The Car’ at the Esplanade.