SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
English Language and Critical Thinking and Theory of Knowledge
English Language and Critical Thinking (Years 1-4) and Theory of Knowledge (Years 5-6) set the foundation for students to become:
  • Inquiring learners and critical thinkers who can analyse and evaluate multiple perspectives and text types;
  • Individuals who show empathy and respect;
  • Effective communicators in the use of standard English Language;
  • Artist learners who apply what is learnt in the classroom to their art forms and vice versa

Through English Language and Critical Thinking (ELCT) lessons in Years 1-4, students will learn to analyse a variety of real-world issues, discuss multiple perspectives on these issues, be empathetic and respectful about others’ views and opinions, and learn to communicate their views effectively through various platforms.

In ELCT, through a deliberate and progressive scaffolding of activities and lessons, students learn the basics of research skills. In Year 4, students are prepared to embark on independent research to help them gain an understanding of the demanding research skills they would need in their IB years.

From Years 5-6 in Theory of Knowledge, one of the three core components in the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP), students will examine the nature of knowledge; how knowledge is constructed; and reflect on how we know what we know.

In Personal and Professional Skills, one of the four core components in the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP), students are taught life skills to help further develop as critical thinkers and communicators with deep appreciation for cultural diversity.

Key Programmes

  • Interdisciplinary lessons
  • Arts-integrated learning through creative projects
  • Talent development programmes, including philosophical seminars, debate competitions, and educational trips
  • Workshops
  • One-to-one coaching

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively through different media and text types
  • Nurture an interest in global issues and develop well-reasoned opinions about them
  • Be respectful and empathetic of different viewpoints
  • Examine global issues in the contexts of groups, society, nation, and global citizenry
  • Explore 5 different Areas of Knowledge and reflect on the interaction between knowledge and the knower, while appreciating the value of both personal and shared knowledge
  • Develop life skills grounded on an understanding of different socio-cultural contexts
  • Gather relevant information and data from a wide variety of sources for in-depth research into topics of interest
  • Develop the research and essay-writing skills needed to facilitate learning in different disciplines
  • Foster a spirit of intellectual curiosity and a desire for academic discovery
  • Hone critical, creative thinking, and reflective skills

Learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP) here.