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English Language & Literature


The KC English Language Programme aims to nurture students to become:

  • Discerning & Critical Readers
  • Inquirers & Meaning Makers
  • Empathetic & Convincing Communicators

Lower Sec Programme

The lower secondary programme is designed to deepen student’s speaking, writing, reading and listening skills in the English language, through a critical exploration and appreciation of a wide variety of multi-modal, literary and informational texts. Students are also guided to understand and respond to purposes, audiences, contexts and cultures.

Upper Sec Programme

The upper secondary programme further deepens students’ affective and effective language use and sharpen critically their receptive and productive language skills, so that they are able to communicate with self-expression, sense of socio-responsibility and socio-cultural sensitivity.

Signature Programmes

  • Book and Music Week
  • Library Speaking Programme
  • Library Reading Programme

Overview of the Literature Programme

The KC Literature Programme consists of a lower secondary exposure programme with the option for students to offer the discipline as either a full or elective subject at the O levels.

In Katong Convent, we approach literature as a skills-based discipline that facilitates the development of empathy and perspective. Students are equipped with the aesthetic and intellectual skills necessary to appreciate, analyse and interpret a text independently, and respond critically and coherently. Through immersion in a range of local and canonical works, students develop an understanding of the human condition and the role of their own values, beliefs and biases. Students are also trained to think like a writer, a pedagogical approach to literature that utilises creative writing as a means to develop an understanding of, and sensitivity to, writer’s craft.

Lower Secondary Literature Foundation Programme

Through this comprehensive programme designed to entice and make accessible a completely new subject, students are introduced to the fundamentals of literary analysis through the close reading of bite-size unseen texts before progressing to longer, full-length work. Over the course of two years, students will be exposed to local and foreign poetry, speculative fiction, and the Shakespearean play.

Upper Secondary Literature Programme

The upper secondary programme deepens students’ critical appreciation to the artistic decisions of the literary form through a metacognitive and inquiry-based approach to texts. Students are trained to acknowledge and consider multiple perspectives whilst developing a greater acceptance for ambiguity and open-endedness. Students learn to be convincing communicators of their own interpretations in their active engagement with the text. Elective students have the opportunity to study local writing and poetry from different countries. In addition, and in counterpoint to the former, Full Literature students will also study the Shakespearean text.

Library Writing Programme

The Library Writing Programme is an extension programme of the Literature Department’s Think Like a Writer approach where creative writing is utilised as literature pedagogy. Students with passion and promise in creative writing are identified by their literature teachers based on the creative writing done in the literature classroom. Students take part in one writer-led workshop per term covering a range of literary genres with opportunities to participate in additional workshops by invited writers during the Post-Examination Arts Immersion Programme. Writing Programme students are invited to the end-of-year CAP-Prep workshop series, where they are mentored by the teachers of the Writing Programme to develop portfolios for application into The Creative Arts Programme (CAP). A programme jointly organised by the Gifted Education Branch, MOE and Yale-NUS College with the aim to nurture talented young writers in Singapore.

Signature Programmes

  • Book and Music Week
  • Library Writing Programme