NUS ELL Freshmen Orientation Camp 2011

Calling out to all freshmen! The NUS Literary Society is holding a 2 Days 1 Night freshmen orientation camp on 12 July 2011.

If you:
are planning to major/minor/take some courses in English Language, English Literature or Theatre Studies (aka ELL) in NUS;
wish to make new friends and potential coursemate before the academic year starts;
want to meet seniors who will share advice regarding which modules to take (and which to avoid);

join us at our camp! Register at:


Hi all, please download, print out and bring the indemnity form to the camp. There are two different forms: U21 and 21(and above). Please select the form according to your age. Thanks! 🙂

Ell FOC U21 Indemnity Form


Ell FOC 21 Indemnity Form



6 responses to “NUS ELL Freshmen Orientation Camp 2011

  1. JChen June 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Hi, I’m a little confused about some things and I hope you may be able to clarify them.
    1) Is the faculty camp for FASS over? Was it the Arts Camp?
    2) I’ve been told that an Arts Orientation Week is coming. When is it?
    3) I’ve been browsing the Net and I found out that different departments within FASS are having their own orientation programmes. So does this mean there is direct entry into the department of your preferred major for the first year? I have thought all along that the first year is a generic course.

    • Andrew June 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Dear Jeremy,

      1) There was an Arts Camp by the Arts Club (the student club representing FASS students in NUSSU [NUS Students’ Union]), but it was held from 18 to 22 June and is over.
      2) The Arts Orientation Week is organised by the faculty of FASS, which comprises mainly talks about academic stuff. As for when exactly it is, I’m not sure. They should have mailed/emailed the details to the freshmen directly.
      3) There is no direct entry into a major à la NTU. Once you get into FASS, you can graduate with any major within FASS by taking the required number of modules in that major and filing for graduation once you’ve hit the requirement. The first year can be a generic course, or it can be a highly targetted course – it all depends on how you want to structure it. If you come for our camp, there would be a section covering it. You can also ask the seniors directly!

      I believe most of the more specialised camps within FASS are organised by the student societies rather than the department. (The student societies function independently of NUSSU). Since Arts Camp is over, you are left with only the Arts Orientation Week which is mainly sitting in a large LT with hundreds (if not thousands) of other students with the FASS faculty talking about academic stuff. If you want a more personalised interaction, the chance to meet new fellow freshmen and ask seniors the many questions which I’m sure you have, then our ELL FOC camp would be just right for you.

      Of course, if you are sure you want to major in something out of the ELL Dept, such as Psychology or Econs or sociology, they have their own camps which would be more suited to you.

      I hope to have answered your questions, and to see you at our ELL FOC 2011!

      • JChen June 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

        All right, thank you for the detailed clarification. I see, so the pace and rigour of our course is determined by we ourselves. I have actually already decided that my major will be in Literature. Thank you.

      • howtojoin July 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        hello! i missed the cca fair and would like to join the lit society. how can i do so? thanks in advance! 🙂

  2. Student February 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    How do I cope with ELL? My foundation in EL is only an A2 for the O Levels. Any tips for me to cope with H2 ELL in JC?

    • Andrew May 29, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      Hey Student,

      ELL in JC is after my time but from what I know, it concentrates mainly on sociolinguistics and not pure ling. In any case, the focus is not on the grammar or vocabulary per se, but on you being able to understand and apply socioling theories. As an example, the social stratification of /r/ in New York is a well-known study that matches linguistic features to socio-economic class. You may then be asked to think of possible parallels in the Singapore context.

      Without knowing more about JC-level ELL, I can’t say much. The best bet would be to ask your teacher. It has been 3 months since your post, and I hope you’re doing better now!


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