Language Arts (English)

(Updated on 2 Jan 2014)



BRIEFING SLIDES

Overview of Cat-6 Briefing slides for Sec 1 [24 Jan 2014]

Cat 6 Prelims Briefing [28 March 2014]

Cat 6 Semi-Finals Briefing [2 May 2014]




INTRODUCTION

We live in a dynamic world, a world that is not just enthralling, but one which challenges us to give it expression both in the written and spoken word. We write; we speak; we listen; we read. We also view and visualise. These are key processes that actively engage us in every aspect of learning, pushing the boundaries in our abilities to critically and creatively analyse and interpret literature, language, and media to improve communication of our diverse thoughts and experiences.

What do all these mean for students who wish to attempt a Language Arts project, particularly in a technologically-driven, multimedia society? Human communication has become less bound by time, space, and form, with an explosion of virtual environments for future learning. The point is to “learn by doing”; to foster students’ interest in books, words, and ideas and to grant them the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and talents. With project work, students negotiate to pursue non-prescribed curricular passion areas and work collaboratively in progressive stages to represent the realities of the world outside their classrooms.

If you enjoy listening to a narrative, telling a story, writing an essay, sharing an idea, acting a part, creating with new media, or defending your research, the Language Arts project is certainly your cup of tea.




REQUIREMENTS

The Language Arts Project should fulfill the following:
- Possess literary value in terms of the groundwork, final product, or both. Work can be done on a genre, period, or writer. Alternatively, social issues can be examined and presented in literary form.
- Be created in an appropriate medium (poems, short stories, drama script, parodies, comics, short film, gazette, game, or website).




WEB-REPORT GUIDELINES

The report should not be longer than
  • 1,500 words for Lower Secondary, and
  • 2,000 words for Upper Secondary


It should contain the following sections:

  • Ideation Process
- What inspired the project?
- What are the objectives?

- Are the materials relevant, objective, and convincing?
- What are some existing views?
- What are some gaps in the field?

  • Project Journey
- How did you carry out your project?
- Include the scope and extent, methodology, analysis, and justification of the medium in which the final product is presented.

  • Reflections
- What are some challenges?
- Which strategies did you employ to overcome them?
- How effective were these strategies?
- In summation, what have you learnt in the planning and execution of the project?

Be organised, coherent, and reflective.



GENERAL EVALUATION CRITERIA
Do observe the following helpful tips: (Refer to Judging Criteria for the overall assessable performance focus)

Content
Students must be made aware that:
- The actual substance and content of their product is of greater importance than the external form or presentation
- The research process is as important as the final product
- Computer-generated graphics will contribute to the overall beauty of the project but is of less value than a project that offers fresh insights and inspired analysis of the topic/ genre/ literature being explored

Creativity
- Demonstrate originality of thought
- Show innovative ways of dealing with problems encountered
- Communicate personal ideas, beliefs and interpretation of issues / concepts

Aesthetic Qualities
- Illustrate an understanding of language and literary principles
- Exhibit good technical control of medium chosen



JUDGING CRITERIA
(Updated on 2 Jan 2014)

Grade Determination for All Levels

To proceed to Semi-Finals from Prelims:
• ≥ 25 out of 55 (for Lower Sec)
• ≥ 30 out of 55 (for Upper Sec)

To advance to Finals from Semi-Finals:
• ≥ 35 out of 60 (for Lower Sec)
• ≥ 40 out of 60 (for Upper Sec)

For groups that enter Finals
Possible grades:
A*: ≥ 52 out of 70
A: ≥ 49 out of 70
B+: < 49 out of 70

Consideration for Grand Finals Selection Round includes the following:
• Attains top scores
• Project is of exceptional standard
• Content appeal to Grand Final audience
• Good presentation skills
• Disposition of team or potential to be trained further

Prelim



Semi-finals



Finals