The Class, English in Punggol

The Class

In continuation to the updated SEAB Secondary English syllabus, the next level of critical thinking skills are taught in our English class, plus inclusion of current affairs and general knowledge, de rigueur requirement for the O level examination.

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We teach the standard required by SEAB GCE O levels.

The English class incorporates latest 21st Century outline of SEAB to do well in GCE O-level English Language examinations. Current GCE O level English examination requires the skill set of well-rounded and knowledgeable candidates that can voice themselves properly and appropriately during their examination. This is in line with the government’s directive to educate students to be global citizens and entrepreneurs.

Setting themselves from the ordinary requires the ability to show clarity in thought, skilful use of concepts, analysing the material presented, synthesize a consistent idea, to evaluate and prioritise options, organise workflow and concluding/summarise a subject matter properly.

The ability to provide logical inference maturely and formulate a balanced judgement are character skills that would produce an effective examination script required by the syllabus.

We do all this in our Secondary English tuition classes for Punggol/Sengkang.

We help you understand the topics, improve your study skills, and gain detailed insight into the subject matter to properly master and have the best answers for your examination.

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Punggol Tuition for Secondary English

Punggol Tutor for Secondary English tuition at Punggol. English Classes conducted in a small group format in accordance to latest SEAB GCE O level syllabus. Our English tuition class is especially beneficial for students who do not like reading, or do not score well in composition and comprehension during examinations.

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Why come to eduKate?

  • Group of English educated tutors with a vast experience teaching students
  • Our Tutors actually attended English classes in University
  • Students feels comfortable in a small group format of 6 pax
  • Fellow students and tutors are inclusive and friendly to new comers
  • We identify and tailor teaching techniques to suit each and every student
  • We clear all weaknesses and doubts of our students
  • Students learn various methods and tricks to answer and score
  • Students learn the marking scheme and where marks are awarded
  • Students have a better judgement of how to attain better grades
  • Students learn all facets of the English language
  • Tutors are hands on and provides 24/7 assistance during exam preparations
  • Our English classes are well received by Parents and Students

Proof is in the pudding, tutor Yuet Ling +65 8222 6327 made a trip all the way to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon and walked the same floors that William Shakespeare walked in. That place is truly magical.

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Tutor Yuet Ling is the mad English Language practitioner, enough so to make a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon Shakespeare’s Birthplace. Photo by edukate Singapore Prive Punggol
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The Museum adjacent are chok full of William Shakespeare’s genealogy and his First Folio is just awe inspiring.
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Learning English in Singapore for International Students

Recently I came upon a conversation with Dr Sholpan about English language lessons for International students that are from non-English background, having classes with our students that are from Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Bhutan etc. We discussed and evaluated our classes for non-English speaking students that comes to Singapore to study in international schools.

The common language of English suddenly seems not so common after all for these students that study primarily in their own national language before they come over to Singapore and generally have a weak command of English. They are then faced with the prospect of learning their curriculum in a foreign language that they do not  have full mastery over, creating a stress of learning a new language and also to do well in school.

They face the problems of subjects being taught in “alien” English, meeting new friends in a social English speaking environment and then get back to work on their schoolwork in English. Daunting tasks for anyone in a foreign land with a foreign language. We can only imagine what it feels like being alienated, but to actually socialise and study as well would make it monumental.

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another successful session where Kazakhstan English students learns about Singapore’s education system

So how do we tackle the problems that these students face? This is what we do for our foreign students, and its been a lot of trial and errors, and we have been accumulating our experience with every new student and fine tuning our lessons to make sure they learn English in the fastest pace possible.

Their first problem will be to get as much friends as soon as possible. This is counter intuitive and not a lot of teachers will do this. The usual priority of almost all teachers are to get international students a formal start to English, i.e. grammar, sentence structure, subject-verb agreement, vocabulary, synthesis, comprehension/oral/composition exercises.

That is fine if we are trying to teach a primary school child that does not need to worry about heavy technical terms, no worries of getting to know new friends in a complex teenager environment as fast as possible, and no worries of having a conversation with teachers to get themselves as much help as possible.

So once they come for our classes, we don’t push them towards a “formal” English class format. We keep it simple, friendly, and useful. They learn English that they can use everyday, in every situation that they will find themselves in. Basically the solution that we advocate will be one that integrates them into the “English” speaking system as fast as possible.

Teach them English that is used in our common conversation. Words and phrases like a simple “Hi!”, “Thank you!”, “Can you please help me?”, “Sorry, but I don’t quite understand”, “How much is this?”, Where can I find this place?” etc. We never underestimate the usefulness of simple English. It is the most important start for anyone that does not communicate primarily in English.

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We flew in from London for the week 2 English Class.

Useful  phrases that they can use to get them further down the path to socially integrate them with their peers and colleagues plus get them more help from people that they meet. Keep everything informal and look at it from the perspective that they will learn more English from their friends and school, and our initial job is to kick start that process. The faster they can talk in English and make new friends in school, the faster they start learning English from their friends and teachers.

Currently, we can get them to do that in around 3-4 months of intensive classes. It is amazing how fast they can go from a miserly “Hello!”, to a full sentence of “Hi! We are studying Pythagoras’ Theorem in school and there is a test next week”. This happens by keeping things simple, useful, and relevant. They don’t need complex words or complex sythesized sentences strung together to impress the teachers, they need a conversation that they can understand straight off the bat and work from there. Learning from their friends, school, and community.

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The next English class was full of top students and they love to know more of Singapore

Because they require a unique set of English lessons, we have to be creative, fine tuning every class and customise the lessons to the needs of each and every student and learn from our past experiences. We have to keep relevant, always, and as the students grow, we keep advancing them. Push them forward when they get too comfortable, and slow down when they feel too stressed. That is education. Adapt and equip them with skills and knowledge that will help them to thrive.

It is not the same for everyone, and we have to consider relevance too. What is relevant now, won’t be in the future. So we have to keep evaluating our classes to keep it up-to-date with current phrases, and keep on helping the students to make sure they do their best. That’s our job as educationists.

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English Language going Glocal

English Language in Singapore has gone a long way since our independence and this can be attributed to three main components of increased business opportunity, parent’s desire for their children to be job competitive and the government’s push to be glocal.

English Language in Singapore

Thinking glocal is how we can be successful in a nation that takes pride in being the centre of the world. We are the avenues between the East and West, and our geopolitically advantageous positioning has put our small island onto centre stage of the international market by providing professional, competitive, stylish and efficient flow of air/sea traffic, a robust financial market, plus a hardworking and talented workforce that has adopted the English Language as their lingua franca. 

The English Language, with 1 500 million speakers, of whom only 375 million are native (statistica.com), are the highest adopted language in the world. This is seconded by Chinese Language with 1 100 million speakers but are predominantly native speakers of 982 million. With the rest of the languages tailing far behind these two.

The dominance of these two languages means that commanding a mastery in either of the language lets you talk to 1 in every 5 or 6 persons living on earth. In Singapore, the Chinese population that learns Chinese as their second language (and English as a First Language) in school drives these statistics to 1 in every 2.7 person on earth. And that is a lot of people that bilingual English/Chinese speaking Singaporeans can converse with. Coverage is key to a successful business plan and if a business entity can serve a wider network, that unhinges latent opportunities and make connections with markets that would have been otherwise foregone.

This is an advantage that keeps us relevant. The ability to communicate with almost half of the world means we can do business with any country, help anyone in times of need, but more importantly, be a friend with everybody. It is where we become truly global, not only by going out and making friends, but to be a welcoming host and the world comes to you.

Inculcating English into Singaporeans started with our education systems 50 years ago. Compulsory English examination passes to advance, with every subject in school taught in English (minus ethnic languages) means mastery would be advantageous in learning fast and an ability to grasp complex technical concepts. That universities are lectured in English as well, attainment of a degree, a professional career and ultimately, survival, hinges on the proficiency of English. 

But that is a 20th century strategy: language assimilation.

Latest generations of 21st century English-speaking Singaporeans pass on their English to their children as if the equivalent, a native speaker. English-educated Singaporeans now speak, read, write English as their first language and their children don’t need to learn “A” for Apples in Primary 1 like 40 years ago. 

Our children is born into an English speaking household and vernacular to English. We have evolved and our children have become as native an English user as any other. 

Our diverse ethnicity and international positioning keeps English relevant to our lives. Over generations, the English Languge has proven to be a viable marriage into our culture, keeping our traditions whilst adopting Western cultures and views that helps rather than deter. The ability to communicate with most of the world keeps us competitive and economically viable.

“The Limits of my language is The Limits of my World”-Ludwig Wittgenstein

It makes us globally active, engaging, dynamic and yet keeps us intimately connected with our immediate neighbors. Making friends where it would have been near impossible in our multi-cultural nation. Thinking glocal helps when our nation support such diverse ethnic groups where finding a common language would mean learning 4-5 languages just to talk to our neighbours. English breaks down barriers and carries our thoughts. To understand, first, we need to convey in a common language. 

So where next for English in Singapore? We will continue evolving. Our primary education system for English Language just got tweaked this year after 4 years of research into what we need to improve in our education. There is a push to change from the government sector to include creative aspects into our system.

There is also a sudden increase in international awareness that Singapore is a global city, thanks to Marina Bay Sands and the yearly Formula 1 events. One can’t be hospitable unless one communicates and understands hospitality. 

And what about English as an art form? Literature, poetry and sonnets. It is the existence of English as an art form, for the sake of art itself and nothing else that a society starts to fully appreciate the English Language. Appreciate the emotional powers and its beauty instead of just English being a tool of commerce or conversation. Appreciate that culturally, attainment of English as art means that we perhaps have arrived rather than be bystanders looking into a prestigious country club.

Thinking glocal helps when our nations’ resources is human resource. Keeping a common framework of English provides the bridge to our conversations and a strong spine to support our communication infrastructure. It is our bread, butter, main course, wine and sweet pastries. It provides for everything, and then some. 

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English Language in Singapore

English Language tuition in Singapore has gone a long way since our independence and this can be attributed to three main components of increased business opportunity, parent’s desire for their children to be job competitive and the government’s push to be glocal.

English Language in Singapore

Thinking glocal is how we can be successful in a nation that takes pride in being the centre of the world. We are the avenues between the East and West, and our geopolitically advantageous positioning has put our small island onto centre stage of the international market by providing professional, competitive, stylish and efficient flow of air/sea traffic, a robust financial market, plus a hardworking and talented workforce that has adopted the English Language as their lingua franca. 

The English Language, with 1 500 million speakers, of whom only 375 million are native (statistica.com), are the highest adopted language in the world. This is seconded by Chinese Language with 1 100 million speakers but are predominantly native speakers of 982 million. With the rest of the languages tailing far behind these two.

The dominance of these two languages means that commanding a mastery in either of the language lets you talk to 1 in every 5 or 6 persons living on earth. In Singapore, the Chinese population that learns Chinese as their second language (and English as a First Language) in school drives these statistics to 1 in every 2.7 person on earth. And that is a lot of people that bilingual English/Chinese speaking Singaporeans can converse with. Coverage is key to a successful business plan and if a business entity can serve a wider network, that unhinges latent opportunities and make connections with markets that would have been otherwise foregone.

This is an advantage that keeps us relevant. The ability to communicate with almost half of the world means we can do business with any country, help anyone in times of need, but more importantly, be a friend with everybody. It is where we become truly global, not only by going out and making friends, but to be a welcoming host and the world comes to you.

Inculcating English into Singaporeans started with our education systems 50 years ago. Compulsory English examination passes to advance, with every subject in school taught in English (minus ethnic languages) means mastery would be advantageous in learning fast and an ability to grasp complex technical concepts. That universities are lectured in English as well, attainment of a degree, a professional career and ultimately, survival, hinges on the proficiency of English. 

But that is a 20th century strategy: language assimilation.

Latest generations of 21st century English-speaking Singaporeans pass on their English to their children as if the equivalent, a native speaker. English-educated Singaporeans now speak, read, write English as their first language and their children don’t need to learn “A” for Apples in Primary 1 like 40 years ago. 

Our children is born into an English speaking household and vernacular to English. We have evolved and our children have become as native an English user as any other. 

Our diverse ethnicity and international positioning keeps English relevant to our lives. Over generations, the English Languge has proven to be a viable marriage into our culture, keeping our traditions whilst adopting Western cultures and views that helps rather than deter. The ability to communicate with most of the world keeps us competitive and economically viable.

“The Limits of my language is The Limits of my World”-Ludwig Wittgenstein

It makes us globally active, engaging, dynamic and yet keeps us intimately connected with our immediate neighbors. Making friends where it would have been near impossible in our multi-cultural nation. Thinking glocal helps when our nation support such diverse ethnic groups where finding a common language would mean learning 4-5 languages just to talk to our neighbours. English breaks down barriers and carries our thoughts. To understand, first, we need to convey in a common language. 

So where next for English in Singapore? We will continue evolving. Our primary education system for English Language just got tweaked this year after 4 years of research into what we need to improve in our education. There is a push to change from the government sector to include creative aspects into our system.

There is also a sudden increase in international awareness that Singapore is a global city, thanks to Marina Bay Sands and the yearly Formula 1 events. One can’t be hospitable unless one communicates and understands hospitality. 

And what about English as an art form? Literature, poetry and sonnets. It is the existence of English as an art form, for the sake of art itself and nothing else that a society starts to fully appreciate the English Language. Appreciate the emotional powers and its beauty instead of just English being a tool of commerce or conversation. Appreciate that culturally, attainment of English as art means that we perhaps have arrived rather than be bystanders looking into a prestigious country club.

Thinking glocal helps when our nations’ resources is human resource. Keeping a common framework of English provides the bridge to our conversations and a strong spine to support our communication infrastructure. It is our bread, butter, main course, wine and sweet pastries. It provides for everything, and then some. 

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