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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.

Drama 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
Name of Teacher Email Contact no
Mdm Jasmine jasmine_manimala_suppramaniam@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 119
Ms Raistlina Kwek kwek_hwei_yee_raistlina@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 143
Mrs Tina Neoh tan_soh_teen@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 122
Mr Arumugam arumugam_meganathan@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 202
Mrs Ong Lai Chui lam_lai_chui@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 142
Mrs Soonam Suneeth soonam_suneeth@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 150
Mr Ibrahim Ab Latif ibrahim_ab_latif@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 132
Mr Chan Jen Wuu chan_jen_wuu@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 140
Ms Chiang Foong Min chiang_foong_min@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 150
Mrs Jenny Poh goh_yoke_ling_jenny@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 148
Mdm Krishnaleela krishnaleela_s_govindasamy@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 147
Mr David Loh loh_wan_quan_david@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 144
Ms Loo Kit Wan loo_kit_wan@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 143
Ms Nadiah angelina_tan_lin@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 141
Mrs Ivy Wong pang_wai-san_ivy@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 147
Ms Goh Hong Yi goh_hong_yi@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 144
Mr Sivaneson sivaneson_krishnamoorthy@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 148
Mr Kanesananthan subramaniam_kanesananthan@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 146
Mr Sugunan sugunan_menadea@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 151
Mrs Widya Barnwell widya_iryani_zulkassim@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 141
Ms Amy Syed amy_syed@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 142
Mr Soon Boon Eng soon_boon_eng@moe.edu.sg
62569108 Ext 221
Mr Kamsani kamsani_b_radi@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 211
Ms Foh Li Fen foh_li_fen@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 140
Ms Pauline Fernandez fernandez_pauline_esther@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 136
Ms Rukshana rukshana_abu_baker@moe.edu.gs 62569108 Ext 207
Ms Karen James james_karen_elizabeth@moe.edu.sg 62569108 Ext 221

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