SOTA: School of the Arts Singapore

Literature in English seeks to create well-rounded learners who are equipped for the future.


Students will explore local and global writings, which ground them in issues concerning Singapore society, and expose 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 work and working in teams. 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 for careers in fields that require skills of linguistic precision and effective, persuasive communication, such as law, journalism, marketing and advertising, etc.


In the IB Diploma Programme, students choose to offer either Literature or Language and Literature at either the Higher or Standard Levels, or Literature and Performance at the Standard Level. While Literature is concerned with how language and context in literary texts create meaning, Language and Literature does the same – but with both fiction and non-fiction texts. Literature and Performance allows students to combine literary analysis with performance to further develop their understanding of dramatic literature.

20160229_1001_MWP_HIGHRESKey Programmes

  • Literature Night and Literature Afternoon, where students have opportunities to showcase their creative works
  • Range of enrichment programmes, where students extend their knowledge beyond the classroom, 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

  • Acquire skills of close reading, comprehension and interpretation that empower students to enjoy and appreciate reading
  • Develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation to facilitate a deeper engagement with language and communication
  • 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 (IB) Diploma or IB Career-related Programme