English Literature


Our Approach
It is our vision that all Rafflesians will be young people of keen sensibility and creative imagination. They should be empathetic in their reflection on the human condition and perceptive in their study of works of human expression, thought and culture.

Core Programme

 Year 1Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 

Things Fall Apart 

(Chinua Achebe) 

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar 

(William Shakespeare) 


(Mary Shelley) 

Death of a Salesman

(Arthur Miller) 

Special Core Assessment: 
All Y2 students must take part in a theatre assessment as a cohort over the course of 9 months. After watching a local production, each class puts up an adaptation of a Shakespearean play together (adapting to a different cultural or localising his play) with guidance from a local theatre practitioner on playwriting. This assessment aims to provide an authentic learning experience that goes beyond the confines of the classroom, enabling students to better appreciate the performing arts.



Writers’ Programme
The Writers’ Programme (WP) aims to nurture the potential of young creative writers in RI through a variety of structured platforms over the year, primarily through workshops and authentic conversations with professional writers. This programme aims to provide beginner-level writers in Year 1 and 2 (13 to 14 years old) with the opportunity to learn more about writing and to receive feedback on their work, so as to help nurture their writing talents and prepare them for participation in competitions they may wish to take part in. Sessions are conducted after curriculum hours over ten Friday afternoons conducted by local published writers who closely mentor our lower-secondary students.


The AfterWord Programme is an English Literature enrichment programme offered in RI for Y1 and Y2 students. For each semester, a module that is aligned to the English Literature curriculum is offered for interested students to deepen their understanding of the key concepts in the discipline of Literature. The AfterWord programme aims to allow students a more in-depth examination of the key thematic concerns and issues of the discipline in a more exploratory and challenging manner.  Modules that are offered in Year 1 include “Poetic Perspectives” and “The Post-Colonial Short Story” and the modules offered in Year 2 include “Encountering Shakespeare” and “Singapore You are Not My Country: An Exploration of Local Writing.”


National Schools Literature Festival 

The National Schools Literature Festival (NSLF) is the biggest literary festival for students in Singapore and has provided a powerful platform to develop students’ passion and love for literature.

Theatre Exposure

The English Literature Theatre Exposure Programme provides students with the opportunity to attend a theatre production at least once every two years. In particular, the programme aims to:

  • Nurture in students a love for the performing arts.
  • Encourage students to make connections between a dramatic text and the performance of the text.

Literature Seminar

The Literature Seminar is a one-day event. Its format varies slightly from year to year to match the literary focus, which may be based on a certain theme, specific genre or literary period. The following is the format that has been adopted in recent years:

  • Concurrent forums, lectures and workshops conducted by guest facilitators (writers, academics, critics, and practitioners of the literary and performing arts)
  • Concurrent Sessions conducted by student presenters (from the various SBGE and IP Schools)

Schools are invited early in the year to contribute literary inquiry projects for student presentation at the Seminar. Upon selection for presentation, teachers provide guidance to the project teams to ensure the development and achievement of literary standards in their projects.


Expressions Publication
Expressions is an annually published anthology of creative writing by our students. Ranging from poetry and short stories to plays, we hope to encourage and nurture each student’s artistic potential. 

Literature Festival 
The Literature Festival is organised at the end of the school year and acts as a culmination and extension of what students have learnt over the course of the year. These activities include an inter-class poetry slam competition, workshops on different areas of literary study, and talks exploring unusual topics like anime and gothic fiction. 

Creative Writing Festival 

The RI Creative Writing Festival invites selected students to meet professional poets, novelists, and playwrights to develop and hone their craft. This year the theme of the festival was "Living in the Age of the Anti-Hero" and over the course of three days, the students produced an anthology of creative fiction that was published online. 

Gap Day
Gap Day is an in-curriculum programme for Y1-2 students that was adopted this year to encourage authentic learning in Literature, giving our students more hands-on opportunities with different areas of the discipline. Our Y1 students learnt about the oral tradition of poetry and the skills of performance, culminating in an in-class poetry slam competition. Our Y2 students went through a theatre exposure programme that taught them the basics of physical theatre and performance. 

Creative Arts Seminar

Jointly organised by MOE (Gifted Education branch) and Yale-NUS college, the Creative Arts Seminar gives participants the opportunity to attend writing workshops where they get to work with other young writers and learn from established writers. At the same time, participants are also exposed to interesting and relevant issues on writing and the arts during plenary sessions and forums. 

Creative Arts Mentorship

A 9-month attachment with an established writer is offered to selected participants as a follow-up to the Creative Arts Seminar. The mentored participants are given the opportunity to work under the guidance of a writer, learning from the expertise and experiences which only a writer can provide.