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English Language and Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics is a 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 linguistic 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 the linguistic choices we make especially in areas 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 rigorous programme, students are able to:

  • Apply their understanding of linguistic features, 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.


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.

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 3 hours.

More information about the English Language and Linguistics 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 English Language Elective Programme?

       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.