By Singapore Teaching Centre, British Council

15 September 2021 - 21:15

Our One-to-one or Small group private English lessons offer a rich and rewarding learning environment for children of all ages.

Private English tuition for kids provides flexibility not only for busy parents, but for young learners with varying needs. Tailor-made by internationally qualified teachers, our lessons can help children to improve their English while unlocking their confidence. 

Every child is different, so we place great importance on keeping parents included and up to date from the first step. We chatted to Amanda, mother of five-year-old Alicia, and Molly, a British Council student herself and mother of five-year-old Gordon, to find out how their children benefited from their bespoke learning experience.

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Why did you choose the British Council for our One-to-one or Small group private lessons?

A: After speaking to the coordinator Lorna, I outlined my learning goals for Alicia. Lorna was very helpful in finding my daughter a suitable tutor that meets her needs. Everything was tailored to her progress and learning level. Her tutor, Yoana, planned every lesson very carefully and made the lessons surprisingly interactive despite them being carried out via Zoom. 

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M: My husband believes that in order to receive excellent English tuition, you must study at a renowned institution. I believe that the environment you learn in is also important. The British Council boasts spacious and bright classrooms, making it an ideal location for learning. 

What course topics are your child’s One-to-one or Small group private lessons on? What progress have you seen so far?

A: We initially started with lessons on phonics and reading skills. Alicia enjoyed her sessions very much. Within two months, she mastered phonics and could confidently pick up short English books to read on her own. 

We then progressed to a mix of grammar and comprehension lessons. I emphasised that every lesson should be interactive, allowing my daughter to have free expression on the topic for the day, usually based on stories she has read. This has helped her with confidence and oral presentation skills. 

M: Right now, the course topics mainly focus on improving my child’s spelling. I am satisfied that my child is making great progress. 

Does your child like learning with the British Council?

A: Alicia enjoys her private sessions thoroughly. The tutors are engaging and there is so much chatter in the car on the way home. It is not easy teaching pre-schoolers – her tutors have gone the extra mile to even incorporate her favourite cartoon characters in their daily topics and conversations. It’s the little things like that that make learning so fun and she looks forward to every session.  

M: My son loves it here. The teachers are very kind to him and offer much help.

What is important for your child?

A: Learning should always be enjoyable. It is not just about going through the syllabus, scoring perfect marks in exams. The journey to improvement matters most and the children have to be happy in the process.

M: I hope that my son can engage in in-depth exchanges and communication in English with people around the world, and that he will have a great command of English similar to that of Mandarin.

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Do you feel the pace of learning is appropriate for your child?

A: It helps that Alicia is in a private class. Every lesson is tailored to her learning journey. I appreciate the efforts of the tutors to plan each session according to her understanding and needs. After every class, Yoana would update me on her progress and how I can help reinforce her learning at home.

M: The pace of learning is appropriate for my child. I often receive feedback from my son’s teachers. I feel that they work hard to help my son learn, and frequently offer suggestions as to how we can help him improve his English at home.

Do you feel supported at the British Council?

A: The British Council was very helpful when I explained my concerns and learning goals. I’ve previously enquired with many other centres and even tried out various places for English camps, but I am confident that this is my preferred centre for Alicia.

The tutors worked hard to create English lessons that were designed around my child's goals and pace of learning. I can choose when and how the lessons are held, whether they are face-to-face at one of the British Council's amazing locations or online at home. I would not hesitate to recommend the British Council to any parent.

M: Yes, I do!

Do you feel confident about achieving your child's future goals?

A: Definitely! I feel very confident that Alicia will master English at the British Council. Mastering a language is important. Having a good foundation is key and the British Council’s tailored programme helps to ensure that no stone is unturned in the learning journey.

M: Yes, I believe that his language skills will improve tremendously during his time with the British Council.

What do you think makes the British Council unique?

A: Having English tutors from diverse cultures and backgrounds makes learning interesting. What stands out most is that Alicia’s tutors make the effort to ensure that she progresses to be the best that she can be. After all, every child is unique, so lessons should be too!

M: Singapore is a fascinating country, attracting people from all around the world. For students whose mother tongue is not English, they will make great progress at the British Council because of the teachers’ professional qualifications and experience.

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