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English Language & Literature Department

TLC – To equip every HIHS Child the English language skills for Thinking, Learning and Communicating so that he will be able to contribute significantly to the community.

Every HIHS Child is a Thinker who is forward-looking, a Learner with a passion for learning and a Communicator with a heart.

Living our Values

Teach Lead Care
Teach to equip Lead with courage Care of self spiritually
enthuse compassion students
enlighten commitment staff
empower creativity society

Department Philosophy

To prepare our students to thrive in the 21st Century, our teachers use an integrative approach to Media Education, anchored on the school’s Applied Learning Programme in Journalism & Broadcasting. The students are taught and assessed by using a variety of media tools and platforms in the English Language classroom.

Equipped with sound pedagogical competency, teachers work in teams to design lessons and assessment tasks for their levels, in close alignment to the national EL Syllabus. The lessons are based on relevant current issues, using the platform of multimodal literacies, which are essential in enhancing their comprehension skills and helping them to achieve a deeper appreciation of the world around them by nurturing in them significant moral values.

At the same time, the department also focusses on building a strong foundation and providing a rich language for all in the following areas of language learning: Reading & Viewing, Listening & Viewing, Speaking & Representing, Writing & Representing, Grammar and Vocabulary.

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ELL Dept Framework

Teaching Team

Head Of Department (HOD/EL) Ms Wen Kai Fong Elizabeth
Subject Head (SH/EL) Mr Tan Tze How Kelvin
Teachers Ms Agnes Chin
 Ms Amitra Ilangovan
  Ms Chew Mui Mui
  Mr Dominic Tan (AED)
  Ms Gwendolynn Chrissie Tan
  Ms Hafiana Kamisan
  Ms Laura Lim Joo Kee
  Ms Lim Lay Yong
  Ms Lim Lee Lian
  Ms Lee Wan Jing Melodie
  Ms Lynn Quan
 Ms Perng Jiawei
  Ms Siti Aisyah
  Mrs Susanne Ng
  Ms Tan Choon Heok
  Ms Vanessa Hew
  Ms Violet Ng I-Ling
 Ms Yvonne Teo 
 Mrs Yip Siew Mei 


Programmes / Projects / Competitions in 2019
  1. EL Festival Week (School level)
  2. E-Library/ Newspaper & EL Magazine Reading Programme (School level) 
  3. ALP: Journalism & Broadcasting (Sec 1 & 2)
  4. Sec 1 Theatre Exposure 
  5. Orator’s Trophy (National level)
  6. YMCA Plain English Speaking Award (National level)
  7. Public Speaking Competition (National level) 
  8. Debates (National level)
  9. Commonwealth Writing & other Language-based Competitions
  10. National Schools Literature Festival 2019 (National level) 
  11. Literature - Drama Performances for Sec 2,3 & 4 Literature students (School level)
  12. Literature - Sec 1 interdisciplinary Learning Journey