To nurture pupils to become confident speakers and users of the standard English Language in a language-enriched environment.
An inspired and confident learner.
Approach and Philosophy:
Dazhong’s EL curriculum aims to provide pupils with a strong foundation in literacy so as to meet their communication needs in the 21st century.
Pupils will be able to:
listen, read and view critically and with accuracy and understanding a wide range of literary and informational/functional texts from print and non-print sources
speak, write and represent in Standard English that is grammatical, fluent, mutually intelligible and appropriate for different purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures
understand and use Standard English grammar and vocabulary accurately and appropriately as well as understand how speakers/writers put words together and use language to communicate meaning
To achieve the aim of effective language use, teachers will be guided by the six Principles of EL Teaching and Learning (CLLIPS) and will take into account the Teaching Processes (ACoLADE) when developing their instructional programmes and lessons.
*In 2020, the P1 cohort embarked on EL Syllabus 2020.
**The P2 cohort has embarked on EL Syllabus 2020 this year.
English Language is a key communication vehicle both locally and internationally. Being competent in the English Language not only enables the students to communicate effectively in the language, but will also value add to the students’ learning capability in all other areas.
Joy of Learning
The week-long English Language Fiesta is the department’s signature programme where students experience fun and authentic language activities in and outside the classrooms, taking a break from their usual lessons. Different interesting activities such as poetry recitation, Reader’s Theatre, hands-on activities, creation of animation clips, and debates etc are organised to provide platforms for students to develop a love for the language. Through these activities, students see for themselves how the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing come alive. Students especially love the recess game booths put up by their P5/6 seniors and Parent Volunteers.
Little Red Dot
The Little Red Dot reading programme for Primary 4 and 5 exposes students to authentic texts. With teachers’ guidance, students analyse reports, features and opinion pieces to understand the different purposes of writing, grammatical features, and relevance of these texts to the readers. Through this programme, students pick up a habit of reading newspaper articles at a young age for pleasure as well as information.
Primary 1 and 2 Speech and Drama
The Speech and Drama programme provides students yet another platform to hone their speaking skills necessary for effective communication while having fun! Through drama, students build confidence and self-esteem, as well as learn to work cooperatively and do their best in teams.
Library Programmes @ D'Safari
With a safari theme, the Dazhong school library invites students to go on a 'journey’ for knowledge. The library programmes include monthly thematic displays of books to cater to different interests of students and weekly short film screenings to encourage appreciation of stories through other mediums. Class library visits go beyond providing opportunity for students to borrow books. Teachers share a book with the class and guide them to select appropriate books for their reading levels.
To further encourage reading among student, Mobile Library @ DZ runs at the canteen every Wednesday during recess to encourage students to borrow and read books to help them develop a habit of reading regularly.