English A

English A :

Language A: Language and Literature

The focus of this course is about understanding the constructed nature of meanings generated by language and the function of context in this process. It therefore encourages students to question the meaning generated by language 

and texts, which is arguably, rarely straightforward and unambiguous. In doing so, the course widens students’perspectives to examine language and literary texts from a global perspective, thereby promoting insight into the different ways in which cultures influence and shape life experiences common to all humanity. 


Aims and Objectives

Apart from building the obvious skills of textual analysis for both literary and non-literary texts, the course also requires students to relate meanings to specific contexts. Since the study of formal elements of a text is only one among several means of reading it, circumstances of production and reception, and the role of culturally determined reading practices are also equally important. Through the various assessment components, students would also be able to develop oral skills in interactional tasks as well as written communication skills. 


Course Structure

Part 1: Language in Cultural Context

Texts from a variety of sources, genre and media are studied to explore how language impacts on one’s identity and the world. Many language topics can be studied in this section. 


Part 2: Language and Mass Communication

This section addresses the issue of how language is used in the media, and how the production and reception of texts are influenced by the medium through which they are delivered. There are also many possible topics to be explored in this section. 

Part 3: Literature- Texts and Contexts 

(including one or more literary work(s) in translation 

The literary study of this section enables students to consider the relationship between literature and the issues at large, such as gender, power and identity. They should also think about how texts build upon and transform the inherited literary and cultural traditions. The study of the work(s) in translation would allow students to reflect on their own cultural assumptions through examining work(s) produced in other languages and cultures. 


Part 4: Literature- Critical Study

This section aims to develop close reading skills of literary texts, including awareness of their rich complexities and the intricacies of their construction. At least two genres, two places and two periods of literary works must be included in part 3 and 4.