English Language Learning in Mee Toh School
In Mee Toh School, we envision our students to be effective and confident communicators with the world. We aim to build a strong foundation in our students’ listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and representing skills, with essential grammar and vocabulary knowledge, in English Language. Through our integrated and engaging approaches to teaching and learning, we grow self-directed students who desire to learn throughout their lives by reading for a variety of purposes, producing original and creative ideas, and sharing them accurately and confidently with others in English Language.
Integrated and Engaging Approaches, Effective and Confident Communicators
Our students are passionate lifelong learners who listen actively, read avidly, speak confidently and write creatively in English Language.
To become independent lifelong learners, avid readers and creative thinkers who can communicate effectively in English
To build a strong foundation in and create rich experiences for English Language learning through student-centric and integrated approaches
The array of English Language (EL) activities engage students in both the receptive skills of listening, reading and viewing, and productive skills of speaking, writing and viewing. The differentiated and fun activities raise the students’ awareness of the importance of using Standard English Language for effective communication with others and interest them in the production of accurate EL in speaking and writing tasks, such as poetry recitation, script writing, comics drawing and drama performance.
READS@MTS aims to build a culture of reading excellence in the school through these reading programmes to promote reading habit among our students. Students read regularly, critically and extensively for knowledge and pleasure.
Reading with A Buddy
Buddy Reading Programme caters to the reading needs of budding readers in the lower primary levels. Students read age-appropriate and interesting books with the help of Buddy Readers or iRead Pens as they gain confidence and independence in reading.
Exposure to Current Affairs
Students read about current affairs in What’s Up newspapers and put on their critical lenses when responding to current issues with soundly supported and responsible personal opinion.
Charlotte’s Web and Fantastic Mr Fox are some of the children classic books students read for entertainment and comprehension. They make critical judgement of the characters and plots, and analyse language features of the literary work to understand the writers’ styles and points of view.
Drop Everything And Read
Regular reading is emphasised in the Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR) curriculum. Reading time is structured in the daily lessons to engage students in independent and silent reading. Students bring the books they like to read or they can choose books from the collection in the class library.
Step Into Reading
Step Into Reading programme comes with a collection of fiction and non-fiction books suitable for young readers to read for pleasure and information respectively. Pre or post reading activities have been designed for each title to set clear purposes for reading and to involve students in creative thinking about the book.
Integrated Project Work and Values in Action (IPW-VIA) is multi-faceted and supports the growth of the whole child. As students work on school and community projects in teams, they learn to collect information and communicate in EL with clarity, empathy and discernment, while demonstrating schools values such as teamwork, resilience, service and care.
Strategies for Engaged and Effective Development (SEED) curriculum creates joy in interdisciplinary learning across subjects. Through experiential learning, students apply and demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired in the various subjects, and their learning is augmented in authentic tasks that require them to create crafts, write about their experiences and present their research findings in English.