SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore
Literature in English
Literature in English seeks to create well-rounded learners who are equipped for the future.

Students will explore local and global writing. This will ground them in issues concerning Singapore society while exposing them to universal concerns. Through developing a sensitivity to the nuances of language, students identify and explore different ways in which texts convey complex ideas. They learn about empathy, compassion, and interpersonal relationships through individual and collaborative work. At the same time, students also make connections within and between texts and contexts, while expressing their thoughts in speech and writing.

This prepares students with skills such as linguistic precision and effective, persuasive communication, which are increasingly important in our complex world.

In the IB Diploma Programme, students choose to offer Literature or Language and Literature at either the Higher or Standard Levels, or Literature and Performance at the Standard Level. Literature allows students to explore the nature of literature, and the aesthetic function of literary language while in Language and Literature, students study a wide range of literary and non-literary texts in a variety of media. Literature and Performance allows students to combine literary analysis with performance to further develop their understanding of dramatic literature.

Key Programmes

  • Literature Afternoon, where students have opportunities to showcase their creative works
  • A range of enrichment programmes, where students extend their knowledge beyond the classroom, for example, going on literary trails and creating dramatic works for presentation to their peers
  • Talks by local and international authors and poets, and guest lectures by academics to deepen students’ contextual and literary appreciation

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation to facilitate a deeper engagement with language and communication
  • Acquire skills of close reading, comprehension, and interpretation that empower students to enjoy and appreciate reading
  • Foster ethics, values, sensitivities and dispositions for a cosmopolitan society in a globalised age
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in both speech and writing
  • Acquire a creative imagination and a lifelong passion for knowledge and learning

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