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The English Language and Literature Department is committed to nurturing Beattyians to become confident speakers, proficient writers, effective listeners, keen readers and critical thinkers.

For the English Language & Literature Department, promoting effective communication in the spoken and written form is paramount. Various programmes have been put in place to offer our students an array of platforms to express themselves clearly, creatively and confidently.

Reading Programme
At Beatty Secondary School, we believe in inculcating a passion for reading in every Beattyian, be it for leisure or to broaden students’ horizons through exposure to a wide range of books, news articles and magazines. This year, the department embarked on a new journey to spice up students’ reading diet through an array of exciting platforms.

The department’s very own Reading Passport programme recognises our students’ efforts to read extensively and to earn points for every book read per Semester. We also collaborated with the National Library Board (NLB) to inculcate the love of reading and learning in our students through NLB’s Books-to-Go mobile library. In addition, the school-wide Reading Fiesta was organised to nurture Beattyians’ interest in reading through a book exhibition, which aimed to promote a selection of 25 books from the school library in the form of games (with prizes), book reviews and mascots.

The department cultivates the love of reading through other initiatives such as bulk loans for classes, reading of newspapers and supplementary books during the weekly morning reading period, book review poster contest and book talk competitions. We also feature teachers from various departments, posing with their favourite books on posters at our EL Corner in an attempt to build a school-wide reading culture.

Dram in Curriculum 
This year, the department worked with InwardBound to create a platform for the Secondary 1 students to develop their confidence and public speaking skills through a public speaking programme titled Speak Up! In the process, students learnt about word and sentence stress, the effective use of visual aids and how to be confident orators. They delivered a presentation on the topic of Care for the Environment at the end of the eight-session programme.

As for the Secondary 2 students, the focus was on building confidence through drama. The young charges tapped on their creative juices to script their own skits based on the theme of Care for Others and presented it to their classmates through their Drama-in-Curriculum programme, learning useful dramatisation techniques in the process.

In the larger scheme of things, it has been heartening to see both our Secondary 1 and 2 students exhibiting Socio-Emotional Learning competencies such as self and social awareness as well as empathy for others.

Writer's Ink
We believe in giving students the opportunity to express their creativity and youthful wonderment in the form of the written word. The Writer’s Ink is one such department initiative whereby we identify Secondary 2 and 3 students who have a flair for writing to be part of this talent development programme. Started in 2014, it is a talent-nurturing platform where students will graduate from the mentorship programme run by Monsters Under the Bed with a professional publication of their own titled Kaleidoscope. To date, we have proudly produced two such student publications, with the third on its way.

Students will also get to experience how to analyse and explore core techniques used by bestselling authors and experiment with incorporating the different styles in their writing. Through this enriching, exciting and educational journey, our budding writers will realise their individual potential while learning to view the world from multiple perspectives, developing their writer’s voice and honing their creative writing skills.

Department Teachers and Contacts

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Mdm Jasmine


62569108 Ext 119

Mr Arumugam Meganathan


62569108 Ext 202

Mrs Tina Neoh


62569108 Ext 122

Ms Raistlina Kwek


62569108 Ext 143

Mrs Ong Lai Chui


62569108 Ext 142

Mrs Soonam Suneeth


62569108 Ext 150

Mr Chan Jen Wuu


62569108 Ext 140

Ms Chiang Foong Min


62569108 Ext 150

Mrs Jenny Poh


62569108 Ext 148

Mdm Krishnaleela


62569108 Ext 147

Mr David Loh


62569108 Ext 144

Ms Loo Kit Wan


62569108 Ext 143

Ms Nadiah


62569108 Ext 141

Mrs Ivy Wong


62569108 Ext 147

Ms Sheilla Clement


62569108 Ext 156

Mr Sivaneson


62569108 Ext 148

Mr Kanesananthan


62569108 Ext 146

Mr Sugunan


62569108 Ext 151

Mrs Widya Barnwell


62569108 Ext 141

Ms Amy Syed


62569108 Ext 142

 Mr Soon Boon Engsoon_boon_eng@moe.edu.sg  NA

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