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English Language & Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics (ELL) is an H2 subject that aims to develop students’ understanding, use and appreciation of the English language through the discipline of Linguistics as well as investigation into the nature of the English language and contemporary linguistics issues.

The study of ELL would involve thinking about these core questions:

  • What is the English language?
  • How do speakers/writers choose to use the English language based on different contexts?
  • Why is it that some English speakers do not understand each other even though they speak the same language?
  • Does language determine thought?
  • Why do we need to be aware of linguistic choices we make especially in the area of politics, institutions and news media?


The ELL Programme in CJC aims to develop higher order critical and creative thinking skills in our students. 

By going through our rigourous programme, students are able to:
  • 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.
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Curriculum and Assessment

Paper 1: Analysing Language Use (50%)

  • 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 (50%)

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

Each paper lasts for 3 hours.

More information about the H2 ELL A-Level Exam may be found here

CJC is an MOE English Language Elective Programme Centre

Catholic Junior College is one of three English Language Elective Programme (ELEP) centres in SIngapore.

Students admitted to the ELEP experience learning English Language and Linguistics in an engaging and collaborative learning environment. They have opportunities to apply their learning via opportunities to showcase their skills in the school setting as well as apply for work attachments to public and private organisations to experience the use of the English language in various authentic settings. Students undertake research projects and present their work to their peers. There are also opportunities to learn from university lecturers and other speakers from fields related to the use of the English language.

Students admitted to the programme may apply for the English Language Elective Scholarship (ELES) awarded by the Ministry of Education. More information about the ELES may be found here.
How do I qualify for the ELEP?
  • Applicants will be selected based on their performance in a written selection test upon successful admission to CJC.
  • Before applying, students should consider their interest in the English language and performance in the relevant subjects, especially English language.