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English and Literature


To develop Clementeens to be proficient in the language, confident of using it and appreciate the language arts.

Our Teachers:

Head of Department

Mrs Teresa Chua

Subject Head (Internal)

Mr Alvin Ng

Literature Coordinator

Ms Chloe Chan


Mr Chia Chun Kiat


Ms Valane Tnee


Ms Stella Leong


Mr Peter Tan


Mr Vivek Venugopal


Mr Kishan Kannan


Mrs Yuen Lay Eng


Ms Joycelyn Tan


Ms Karen Sia


Ms Rachel Lee


Ms Sophia Ng


Mrs Winnie Tan


Mrs Linda Lim


Ms Janice Soh


Ms Shena Tng


To instill the love of reading and inculcate good reading habits in our Clementeens, we have a structured and supervised time slot for Clementeens to immerse themselves in a good book of their choice. In our English curriculum, we introduce popular teenage fiction to our Clementeens with Narratives Thursdays, and proceed to build general and current affairs knowledge in our upper secondary levels through the exposure to articles of non-fiction genres. CTSS R.E.A.D model is employed to encourage Clementeens to respond critically to their reading texts. This reading technique, that is developed in-house, hones students’ critical reading skills as they react, explore, analyse and discern the text. At the end of the 4 to 5 years of CTSS reading programme, our Clementeens will be familiar with a multitude of genres, and have a broadened mindset that will prepare them for their next phase of higher education.

Literature Mosaic

Our Secondary 2 Literature curriculum aims to develop the love and appreciation of English literary arts in our students. The focus this year is on introducing students to Shakespearean texts – Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice.  To get students to take ownership of their own learning, we allow our students to choose the text that they are interested in. 


Drama education helps develop self-confidence, public speaking skills and interpersonal skills in our students. As such, we have a drama-in-curriculum programme where our lower secondary Normal Technical students develop and perform their own interpretation of classic and well-known drama pieces such as Army Daze and Othello. Our students are introduced to the fundamental elements of drama, and learn to express themselves freely through language and motion. They will also understand the importance of teamwork as they form groups and produce their own drama pieces. At the end of this programme, students will have developed essential communication and interpersonal skills whilst learning creative writing and drama techniques.


To develop Clementeens with the 21st century competencies for a globalised world, the department has curated PerspeCTives to develop our Clementeens with civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural skills, critical and inventive thinking, and communication, collaboration, and information skills. PerspeCTives extends training and learning for our Clementeens through the following 3 Cs:

Curate ­– Digital content curation on current affairs and school events

Connect – Article writing on student issues/perspectives

Create ­– Recorded podcasts for publication and sharing (CT Spotify Account)

PerspeCTives aims to develop our Clementeens in creating content and imparting knowledge by increasing media literacy and sparking meaningful conversations about currents affairs amongst participants. Clementeens will also have the opportunity to serve as journalists, reporters, interviewers and podcasters and have their works showcased.




Development programmes

Public Speaking Competition

In CTSS, we believe in providing ample avenues and opportunities for our Clementeens to participate in public speaking. Clementeens with good oratorical skills are identified and trained to participate in competitions such as the YMCA Plain English Speaking Awards, ACJC Orator’s Trophy. 



Writing Competitions

Our department has been developing Clementeens for various writing competitions to nurture young writers and poets. Promising Clementeens with an interest in writing prose and poetry are encouraged and guided in building their portfolios for the Creative Arts Programme and Unity Writers Festival, to name a few.



Student Achievements






Speech Arts Competition

3nd Runner-Up, Comic Monologue Upper Sec /JC category

Giovanna Teresa Kristiani


Unity Writers Festival

2nd Position

Evan Wong Yi Feng


Interschool Poetry Appreciation 2021 


Silver Award


Angel Tan Xiang Qi

Sahana Ramamoorthy

Lim Jee Kei