About

SMART English: Certificate in Intensive English is a complete course to prepare you for work, study and life. The unique study programme ensures you fully equip yourself to fast-track your future success.

  • 20 class hours +5 further personal study hours per week
  • Choose an Academic English or General English study pathway
  • Free daily myClub language workshops, and events

Course content

Core class

Build a solid English base by developing your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and learning important grammar and vocabulary.

Life skills

Make the most of your English while mastering your soft skills in our British Council-designed module; from working in multicultural teams to mastering your EQ. 

Further Learning Programme

Maximise your learning by following the weekly study programme provided to you each Monday to help guide your individual study, using the British Council’s own online learning platform and other carefully-selected resources.

Academic English Skills (AE)

Academic English Skills (AE) focuses on preparing your language skills (and exam skills such as IELTS) for further study at school , college or university  

(Available from Foundation: Pre-Intermediate to Advanced)

General English Skills (GE)

General English Skills focuses on improving your language skills through practice of real life tasks in writing, reading, listening and speaking.

(Available from Beginner to Advanced)

Where is this course taught?

Delivery

Our team of highly qualified and experienced teachers are dedicated to supporting you throughout your learning journey and helping you to achieve the results you desire through guidance and feedback which is specific to you and your goals. 

Our courses are delivered:

intensive/full-TIME

  • study in a class size of maximum 16 students
  • we believe in keeping our classes small to maximise teacher-student interaction 
  • only available at our Napier Road Centre.

Calendar and pricing

These courses are only available at Napier Road Centre. 

  • Intensive/Full-time
  • Five days per week (Monday to Friday)
  • From two to 52 weeks
  • 2017 weekly fee: S$736.00
Level Class Timing
Beginner 1315 - 1715
Elementary 0900 - 1300 or 1315 - 1715
Foundation: Pre-Intermediate 0900 - 1300 or 1315 - 1715
Foundation: Intermediate 0900 - 1300 or 1315 - 1715
Higher 0900 - 1300 or 1315 - 1715
Advanced 1315 - 1715
Advanced IELTS 1315 - 1715

Discounts and promotions

Discount structure

  • Weekly fee for 2017: S$736.00

Students who register as follows receive the following discount:

Number of weeks Discount
12 S$250
13 to 23 S$350
24 S$600
25 to 35 S$800
36 S$1,200
37 to 47 S$1,400
48 S$2,000

myClub

  • Free myClub language workshops, and events for all British Council adult learners.

Public holidays and closure

Public holidays and closure in 2017

Date Holiday
1 January New Year's Day*
2 January In lieu of New Year's Day* (Sunday, 1 January 2017)
28 January Chinese New Year
29 January Chinese New Year*
30 January In lieu of Chinese New Year* (Sunday, 29 January 2017)
14 April Good Friday
1 May Labour Day
10 May Vesak Day
25 June* Hari Raya Puasa*
26 June In lieu of Hari Raya Puasa* (Sunday, 25 June 2017)
9 August National Day
1 September Hari Raya Haji
18 October Deepavali
18 to 24 December Scheduled Centre Closure
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day

 * As New Year's Day, the second day of the Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Puasa fall on Sunday, the following Mondays (i.e. 2 January, 30 January and 26 June 2017) will be public holidays.

Levels

Overview

SMART English is available for all learners at all levels up to Advanced. When you start you will take a free placement test and our teachers will then recommend a suitable level. We will give you a Study Pathway to show you how you can progress towards to your goals within your chosen length of study.

British Council SMART English level Maximum length of level Common European Framework (CEFR) equivalent
Beginner  6 weeks A0
Elementary 12 weeks A1
Foundation: Pre-Intermediate  12 weeks B1
Foundation: Intermediate  12 weeks B1 to B2
Higher  12 weeks B2 to C1
Advanced  12 weeks C1

Beginner

For students who are starting to learn English and want to build up all their basic skills. 

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand basic questions about yourself and your life
  • understand English spoken by native speakers at slower than normal speed
  • read and understand simple English texts
  • speak slowly so that others can understand you 
  • ask for help when you don't understand
  • write simple information about yourself using simple grammar and vocabulary.

Elementary

For students who have a little English and who wish to learn to speak and write more. The course focuses on the basics of English grammar, reading, speaking and writing. You should already be able to read and write in English script.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • understand and respond to simple questions about yourself and your life
  • understand simple conversations
  • understand English spoken by native speakers at slower than normal speed
  • read and understand simple articles and public notices
  • speak clearly but slowly so that others understand you
  • ask for help when you don't understand
  • write simple instructions or messages with few errors in grammar.

Foundation: Pre-Intermediate and Foundation: Intermediate

These courses cover a total of 24 weeks and are for students who have some fluency in English, but who still have problems with basic grammar and little confidence in using English. The General English Skills (GE) option will help you use English in day-to-day and work situations. The Academic English Skills (AE) will help you prepare for school, university and IELTS.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • talk easily with others in common social situations
  • speak clearly enough to be easily understood by others
  • exchange opinions with others and justify your point of view
  • read and understand the key points of academic texts (AE)
  • read and understand English when you see if in everyday situations (GE)
  • write in different Academic styles, including those needed for IELTS (AE)
  • write in simple correct English in a variety of real-life scenarios (GE).

Higher

This is for students who already have good English skills but who still have some problems with fluency and accuracy. The General English Skills (GE) option will help you use English in day-to-day and work situations. The Academic English Skills (AE) will help you prepare for school, university and IELTS.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • discuss a wide range of topics with ease
  • express your opinions clearly and support them with arguments
  • write appropriate text types accurately and in the correct register (AE)
  • write in more complex correct English in a wide variety of real-life scenarios (GE)
  • answer comprehension questions on written and listening texts as found in Academic situations and in the IELTS test (AE)
  • understand a range of written and spoken English in a variety of everyday situations (GE).

Advanced

Advanced is for students whose English is already of a high standard, but who need to develop greater accuracy in both their written and spoken language as well as broaden their vocabulary. The General English Skills (GE) option will help you use English in day-to-day and work situations. The Academic English Skills (AE) will help you prepare for school, university and IELTS.

By the end of the modules, you will be able to:

  • discuss a wide range of topics fluently and with increasing accuracy
  • express clearly your feelings and opinions and support those opinions with persuasive argument
  • speak clearly and naturally so that others have no difficulty understanding you
  • understand English spoken used in Academic contexts (lectures, seminars) spoken at normal speed without needing to ask for clarification (AE)
  • understand English spoken at normal speed by native and non-native speakers without needing to ask for clarification in everyday situations (GE) and exam and Academic context
  • write confidently in a range of Academic genres (AE)
  • write confidently, getting your message across clearly, in a wide range of day-to-day situations (GE).

Advanced IELTS

Advanced IELTS is for students whose English is already of a high standard, but who wish to focus their energies on preparing for the Academic IELTS exam. You will develop all the required exam skills as well as delivering extensive exam practice.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • talk confidently about various subjects for an extended length of time, to help you perform with confidence in the oral component of the test
  • write succinctly and develop arguments logically
  • write appropriate text types accurately and in the correct register
  • analyse data effectively and identify the key features and trends
  • analyse questions for the IELTS Reading and Listening tests and use these skills to identify relevant information in the texts.