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Literature in English

The Literature programme in CJC is designed to give students broad exposure to literary study, aiming to imbue a sophisticated appreciation of literary style, language, and form. 

Skills

The CJC Literature programme aims to develop:

  • The ability to create an informed personal response to unseen and set texts
  • The ability to critically analyse the use of literary methods and effects
  • The ability to compare a range of unseen and texts (H2 Literature only)
  • A maturity of thought and a broader view of the individual and the world we live in

Curriculum


H1 Literature in English (Revised)


Paper 1: Reading Literature (100%)
  • Students will undertake 1 lecture and 3-4 tutorials in a two-week cycle. Group discussion, tutorial presentations and investigative tasks are pivotal to the Literature classroom in CJC. 
  • Students will read the following texts over the course of two years:
    • Poetry: a compendium of poems, including Singapore poems, on a range of topics, curated by the department
    • Prose: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Oxford World’s Classics)
    • Drama: George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (Methuen Drama)

H2 Literature in English (Revised)


Paper 1: Reading Literature (50%) 
  • Students will undertake 1 lecture and 3-4 tutorials in a two-week cycle. Group discussion, tutorial presentations and investigative tasks are pivotal to the Literature classroom in CJC. 
  • Students will read the following texts over the course of two years:
    • Poetry: a compendium of poems, including Singapore poems, on a range of topics, curated by the department
    • Prose: F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Oxford World’s Classics)
    • Drama: George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan (Methuen Drama)

Paper 3: The Mind and Self in Literature (50%)
• Paper 3 is a topic-based elective paper. The college has opted for Paper 3, in lieu of the period-based Paper 2: Renaissance Literature.
• Students will undertake 2 lectures and 2-3 tutorials in a two-week cycle. Group discussion, tutorial presentations and investigative tasks are pivotal to the Literature classroom in CJC.
• Students will read the following texts over the course of two years:
    • Selected poems, prose excerpts and drama excerpts related to the topic
    • Edward Albee, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics)
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet (Heinemann)
    • James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Oxford World Classics)

Assessment

H1 Literature in English (Revised)


Paper 1: Reading Literature (8832 / 01)
  • Section A: Poetry (Unseen)
    • Select 1 out of 2 questions
  • Section B: Prose (The Great Gatsby)
    • Select either (a) essay or (b) passage-based questions
  • Section C: Drama (Saint Joan)
    • Select either (a) essay or (b) passage-based questions
  • Duration: 3 hours

H2 Literature in English (Revised)


Paper 1: Reading Literature (9509 / 01)
  • Section A: Poetry Comparison (Unseen)
    • Select 1 out of 2 questions
  • Section B: Prose (The Great Gatsby)
    • Select either (a) essay or (b) passage-based questions
  • Section C: Drama (Saint Joan)
    • Select either (a) essay or (b) passage-based questions
  • Duration: 3 hours

Paper 3: The Mind and Self in Literature (9509 / 03)
  • Section A: Unseen
    • Select 1 out of 2 questions based on poetry, prose or drama
  • Section B: Set Text Comparison
    • Select 1 out of 2 questions
    • The question will require students to compare two texts they have studied. 
    • The texts chosen for Section B cannot be used in Section C.
  • Section C: Single Text Essay Question
    • Select 1 question from a choice of 6 questions (2 questions per text will be set)
    • The text chosen for Section C cannot be used in Section B. 
  • Duration: 3 hours

H3 Literature in English (MOE-UCLES)

  • For students who display exceptional ability and interest in the study of Literature
  • Students are assessed on a Research Essay on literary topic of the student's choice, comparing three texts written in English by three different authors.
  • Guidelines: SEAB approval for research topic required; tutors provide some guidance in line with SEAB restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is Literature at 'O' Level required to take Literature at 'A' Level?
Experience of Literature at ‘O’ Level gives students an advantage but is not a pre-requisite for ‘A’ Level Literature. In both H1 and H2 Literature, we provide students a foundation in literary study, from the use of literary methods / devices to the shaping of an interpretation.

2. What is the difference between H1 and H2 Literature?
H1 students study two texts (Paper 1 only), while H2 students study five texts (Paper 1 and Paper 3) over the course of two years. Literature students are expected to perform close reading of unseen and set texts, regardless of whether they are H1 or H2 students. This involves analysis of literary methods and effects. Mere paraphrasing or narration of the text does not count as analysis.

H1 students study the same two texts as H2 students, attend the same Paper 1 lectures and take a similar examination. H1 students however are not required to demonstrate comparison skills; Section A of the examination requires H1 students to critically comment on only one poem.

H2 students take an elective paper. In CJC, H2 Literature students will take Paper 3: The Mind and Self in Literature. In both Paper 1 and Paper 3, they are expected to compare unseen texts and set texts they have studied.