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English Language & Linguistics

An H2 subject that aims to develop students’ understanding, use and appreciation of the English language through:

  • The discipline of Linguistics
  • An investigation of the nature of the English language and some contemporary linguistic issues
  • Analysis of the contexts in which we use the English language, the structures and functions of the English language, how and why the English language varies regionally and socially, the role of the English language in different societies, how language influences thought.


The ELL Programme in CJC aims to develop the following higher order critical and creative thinking skills in our students:
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  • Apply their understanding of linguistic concepts, methods and approaches to the construction and analysis of meanings in written, spoken and multimodal texts.
  • Analyse and evaluate the influence of contextual and cultural factors in the production and reception of the English language.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the use of English which is informed by linguistic study and the use of appropriate linguistic terminology.
  • Infer, synthesize, formulate and predict language issues and debates.

Linguistic Tools
ELL students will acquire a range of linguistic tools for investigating the nature of language. These linguistic tools include:

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Morphology
  • Syntax
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse analysis


Paper 1: Analysing Language Use

  • Section A: Comparative analysis of 2 texts
    Students are required to identify, analyse and compare the linguistic features of 2 texts in relation to purpose, audience, context and culture.
  • Section B: Adaptive writing and evaluative commentary
    Students are required to adapt texts for a variety of audiences and purposes, and comment on their linguistic choices and their effects on the audience.
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Examples of written texts
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Leaflets, brochures
  • Book reviews
  • Press releases
  • Textese

Examples of spoken texts
  • Everyday conversations
  • TV interviews
  • Telephone conversations
  • Podcasts
Examples of multimodal texts
  • Advertisements
  • Blogs
  • Websites

Paper 2: Investigating Language Use in Society

Section A: Language Variation and Change

Section B: Language, Culture and Identity

  • Students are required to write 3 essays in total (answering at least 1 question from each section).
  • Each answer must be linked to material printed on the question paper, include examples from the material and make reference to features of lexis, grammar, syntax, phonology and discourse as appropriate. 
  • Students should be able to offer detailed appraisal of linguistic features of the English language and to show evidence of knowledge of wider geographical/historical/social perspectives (as appropriate) in their answers. 
  • Topics include the following:
    √  Why language changes
    √  Attitudes to different varieties of the English language
    √  The role of varieties of English in Singapore
    √  How language shapes and influences ideologies and identities
    √  Linguistic analysis of methods of representation of gender, ethnicity, nationality, age
    √  Types of discourse such as political discourse, business discourse, legal discourse, media discourse, computer-mediated discourse


Paper 1: Answer 2 questions (50%)
  • Section A: Comparative analysis of linguistic features of 2 texts
  • Section B: Adaptive writing and commentary
  • Duration: 3 hours
Paper 2: Answer 3 questions in total; at least 1 question from each section (50%)
  • Section A: Language Variation and Change
    (2 questions linked to material printed on the paper)
  • Section B: Language, Culture and Identity
    (2 questions linked to material printed on the paper)
  • Duration: 3 hours

Catholic Junior College is one of three English Language Elective Programme Centres in Singapore. You can look forward to the following programmes and opportunities:

  • Work Attachment Programme: ELL students are attached to public and private organizations to experience the use of the English language in various authentic settings
  • Research Project on Spoken Texts: independent research by students on the linguistic features of regional varieties of English
  • Workshops & Learning Journey: conducted by university lecturers and experts
  • MOE English Language Elective Scholarships valued at $1000 per annum plus school fees


How do I qualify?
  • A distinction in 'O' Level English
  • Applicants must sit for a qualifying test for selection

More details will be given during the English Language & Linguistic briefing at 2.00 PM at LT 1 on 1 Feb 2019.

Complete the application form and bring the hardcopy and a copy of your O-level certificate to the selection test on 7 Feb 2019, 2.00 PM.