General Paper is an H1 subject and is compulsory for all students. The department prepares students for two papers: Paper 1 which requires students to write an essay from a wide selection of questions and Paper 2 which is a test of students’ comprehension of given passages. The papers are taken consecutively and each paper lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
General Paper is not a mere continuation of the English Language paper students sat for at the GCE ‘O’ level. Also, it is not a mere test of general knowledge. It aims to help students understand the world by developing in them a critical mind and sensitivity towards change and continuity in the human experience. It is therefore not confined to a textbook. The course is designed to acquaint students with significant issues in the political and social realms, scientific progress and its effects on human life, and the arts and their relevance.
A pass in General Paper is expected for entrance into most universities. In fact, some subjects in the National University of Singapore require that students have obtained a B or above in General Paper. Students can see therefore that this is an important subject used by higher institutions to judge not only their standard of literacy but also the students’ maturity of thought.
English Language and Linguistics
First offered in 2009, English Language and Linguistics is a relatively new H2 Humanities subject. The subject aims to develop students’ appreciation of the intricacies of the English language and also an understanding of language issues and debates in today’s world. Knowing how we can use language to create meaning and how meaning can change depending on the context and culture will come in useful should students wish to pursue a career in the related areas of language and communication. In fact, it will also stand students in good stead for other jobs they may take up in future.
Paper 1 :
a. Text-based Analysis
b. Adaptive Writing & Commentary
Paper 2 :
3 essays (including the analysis of given stimulus passages)
- Can be offered as a contrasting subject for Science students
- Can be offered together with Literature and Knowledge & Inquiry
- Cannot be offered in lieu of General Paper
For more detailed information about the H2 English Language & Linguistics syllabus, please visit www.seab.gov.sg.
English Department Members
Chiew Kek Huang Amy
HOD (Corporate Comm)
Wong Su Cheng Robyn
Level Head (GP)
Loh Mei Lin
Level Head (GP)
Ducro Clement Chandran
Senior Teacher (GP)
Boo Foo Yong Lucy
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