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Introduction

The BDS English and Literature in English curriculum aims to provide students with the opportunity to acquire literary and linguistic skills so that they will be able to communicate effectively as a result of their development in the various areas of language competency. The department carefully chooses texts and resources which are diverse to enable our students to explore their own and others’ customs, traditions, values, beliefs and ways of seeing and making sense of the world through readings and discussions. The resources used by the department add to the relevance and authenticity of the curriculum, allowing students to experience the power of language.

The BDS English and Literature Department recognises that timely and effective assessments give students feedback on how well they have understood the lessons and on what they need to improve on. Our teachers assess the students using a range of assessment methods including essays, oral/video presentations, journals, portfolios, dramatization of Literature texts, and self and peer evaluation.

Student Outcomes

Students will
  • acquire communication and collaborative skills
  • develop critical thinking skills
  • have a global awareness
  • find opportunities in class to be creative and innovative
  • be introduced to media literacy

Approach & Pedagogy

  • Students are encouraged to work in groups to promote team building 
  • Students are taught to collaborate online using Web 2.0 tools such as Google docs and Google slides etc. 
  • ICT is infused seamlessly into the curriculum and assessment for example, using Vocaroo to improve reading aloud skills and as a method of assessment. 
  • Termly eLearning lessons on AsknLearn and EL Portal

Assessment Criteria

English Assessment Criteria    (SA1 and SA2 only)

Level

Papers

Duration

Content/Skills

Total Marks

1– 4 Exp & 5 NA

 

Paper 1

 

1 hour 50 mins

  • Editing [10m]
  • Free Writing [30m]
  • Situational Writing [30m]

 

70 m

 

Paper 2

 

1 hour 50 mins

  • Text A: Visual Text [5m]
  • Text B: Narrative Text [20m]
  • Text C: Non-Narrative Text + summary [25 m]

 

50 m

 

 

Paper 3

45 mins

  • Listening Comprehension

30m

 

 

Paper 4

[Sec2- 5]

 

 

Sec 1 Exp

20 mins

 

 

 

20 mins

  • Reading Aloud [10m]
  • Spoken Interaction [20m]

 

 

  • SOAR presentation [20m]
  • Reading Aloud [10m]

 

 

 

30m

 

 

1 - 4 NA:

 

Paper 1

 

1 hour 50 mins

  • Editing [10m]
  • Free Writing [30m]
  • Situational Writing [30m]

 

70 m

 

Paper 2

 

1 hour 50 mins

  • Text A: Visual Text [5m]
  • Text B: Narrative Text [20m]
  • Text C: Non-Narrative Text + summary [25 m]

 

50 m

 

Paper 3

45 mins

  • Listening Comprehension

20m

 

Paper 4

[Sec2- 5]

 

 

Sec 1 NA

20 mins

 

 

 

20 mins

  • Reading Aloud [10m]
  • Spoken Interaction [20m]

 

 

  • SOAR presentation [20m]
  • Reading Aloud [10m]

 

 

 

30m

 

 

1 NT

 

Paper 1

 

40 mins

  • Form Filling [10m]
  • Functional Writing [20]

 

30 m

 

Paper 2

 

1         hour 20 mins

Section A

  • Part 1: Editing [10m]
  • Language in Spoken Context [10m]
  • Modified close 1 [10m]
  • Part 4: Modified close 2 [10m]

Section B: Reading Comprehension

  • Part 5: Comprehension 1 [10m]
  • Part 6: Comprehension 2 [30m]

 

 

 

 

80 m

 

Paper 3

45 mins

  • Listening Comprehension

20m

 

Paper 4

 

 

Sec 1 NT 

 

 

20 mins

 

 

  • SOAR presentation [20m]
  • Reading Aloud [10m]

 

 

 

30m

 

 

2/3/4NT

 

Paper 1

 

40 mins

  • Form Filling [10m]
  • Functional Writing [20]

 

30 m

 

Paper 2

 

1         hour 20 mins

Section A

  • Part 1: Editing [10m]
  • Language in Spoken Context [10m]
  • Modified close 1 [10m]
  • Part 4: Modified close 2 [10m]

Section B: Reading Comprehension

  • Part 5: Comprehension 1 [10m]
  • Part 6: Comprehension 2 [30m]

 

 

 

 

80 m

 

Paper 3

45 mins

  • Listening Comprehension

20 m

 

Paper 4

 

Sec 2 NT 

 

 

20 mins

 

 

  • Reading Aloud [15m]
  • Spoken Interaction [25m]

 

 

 

40 m

 

 

Literature

Level

Papers

Duration

Content/Skills

Total Marks

Secondary 1 Express/NA  

 

1 hour 40 mins

  • Poetry [25 m]
  • Unseen Prose [25 m]
  • Novel/Short Story [25 m]

 

75 m

Secondary 2 Express 

 

1 hour 40 mins

  • Unseen Poetry [25 m]
  • Unseen Prose [25 m]
  • Drama [25 m]

 

75 m

Secondary 1 Express/NA  

 

1 hour 40 mins

  • Poetry [25 m]
  • Unseen Prose [25 m]
  • Novel/Short Story [25 m]

 

75 m

Upper Secondary – Elective Lit

 

1 hour 40 mins

  • Unseen Prose/Poem [25 m]
  • Novel [25 m]

50 m

Upper Secondary – Core Lit

Paper 1

1 hour 40 mins

  • Unseen Prose/Poem [25 m]
  • Novel [25 m]

 

50 m

 

 

Paper 2

1 hour 30 mins

  • Drama [50]

50 m

For more information, refer to the link below.

·  GCE O Syllabus      
                     GCE O Syllabus.pdf
·   GCE N(A) Syllabus  
                     GCE N(A) Syllabus.pdf
·   GCE N(T) Syllabus
                             GCE N(T) Syllabus.pdf

Tips for Parents

We would like to suggest to parents to spend time looking through the specially selected readers/periodicals with your child as these can help build your child’s vocabulary. This word bank will be useful for their writing.

We hope we will be able to work in partnership to help heighten your child’s love for the language and mould them to be proficient and confident users of the English Language.

Recommended Reading Lists Compiled by National Library Board (NLB)


Suggested Reads for Secondary 1.pdf
Suggested Reads for 
Secondary 2.pdf
Suggested Reads for 
Secondary 3.pdf
Suggested Reads for 
Secondary 4.pdf
Suggested Reads for 
Secondary 5.pdf

Recommended English Language Resources Online

Grammar and Vocabulary Games British Council’s Listen & Watch Activities
Dictionary and Thesaurus – Merriam-Webster Online
Phonemic Chart –British Council
DiscoveRead by NLB