Mrs D's English Enrichment

JC1-2 General Paper

General Paper

Classes: SAT 9.30am/ SUN 9.30am

In Pre-university (JC 1-2, IB Yr 5-6), one's competence in English Language, argumentation, and social issues is tested in the following subjects 
  • General Paper
  • Knowledge and Inquiry
  • Theory of Knowledge
  • English Literature
  • Language and Literature
With a fair number of students opting for the Integrated Programme which bypasses the “O” levels, one would be hard put to say there was any one type of IP A level student.   While they all did not go through the rigours of a national examination at the age of sixteen, what they may have covered in their respective IP programmes could be quite different. They would find the Comprehension Paper at A levels less of a challenge, having have the luxury of an upper secondary curriculum that could afford to spend time on a more General Paper bias. That said, I have encountered JC students from the IP programmes in top schools who could not tackle summary-writing.
 If students in the Express stream are prepared thoroughly for the “O” Levels, they should have no difficulty with the demands of the General Paper (basically an “AO” level paper) once they get to junior college, if they choose to pursue this route to university.  However, students who dropped Literature in upper secondary may have some difficulty with the literary questions in the Comprehension paper.  Students who already have less affinity and aptitude for essay-writing and opt for a subject combination like PCME (Physics/Chemistry/Maths /Economics) may find they have less practice and more unlearning to do. My GP classes have students with different subject-combinations; students will be taught to
  • identify their learner profiles, strengths and weaknesses,
  • appreciate marker psychology,
  • set up the flow of an argument,
  • strategise in their choice of topics and issues,
  • practise the craft of persuasion,
  • and make many more fine distinctions

My General Paper programme is geared towards a balance of content-mining and writing and analytical skills. What will secure the A in General Paper in the end is always logic, not content per se.