SMART English Junior: Certificate in General English

About this course

What is SMART English Junior?

SMART English Junior: Certificate in General English for Secondary is a course with three levels, delivered for four hours a day. Each level is 240 hours of study over 12 weeks and students are eligible for a student pass through the British Council. New registrations are taken every Monday.

SMART English Junior in brief

SMART English Junior will help students with using functional English on a daily basis, as well as prepare them for the academic experience of studying at secondary school in Singapore. 

In this course, it will:

  • Raise students’ English levels through an integrated course-book based syllabus aimed at teens, focusing on listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary & pronunciation 
  • Improve students’ exam skill strategies with regular Aptis for Teens exam preparation study and mock tests
  • Introduce students to subject-specific English to prepare them for their school study 
  • Task-based projects for the international student-centred classroom e.g. presentations, critical internet research.

Who is SMART English Junior for?

SMART English Junior is an intensive General and Academic English course for students aged 11-14 years old, who wish to study at International or government secondary school in Singapore, and for whom English is a foreign language. The three levels cover Common European Framework (CEF) levels A1, A2 and B1. 

Course materials

Carefully selected course book series incorporating relevant and motivating content. Our experienced and highly qualified teachers will also supplement the course book with highly engaging materials appropriate to the age and level of the students. Students will also be given guidance and access to online resources to consolidate their learning outside class.

How will the British Council measure my child’s progress?

We will assess students’ Aptis level at the start of the course to gauge which key exam areas to work on during the course, and again at the end of the course to measure their progress. There will also be weekly grammar and vocabulary quizzes to check understanding, and we will write progress reports every four weeks.

How do I register my child?

A British Council administered Aptis for Teens test is required to ensure your child is at the appropriate level for this course. You will receive a comprehensive report following the Aptis test that will show your child’s overall Aptis score, which will also be broken down into in all four skills as well as grammar and vocabulary and provide a clear indication of your child’s level in relation to the internationally recognised CEF Reference for languages. This can be conducted overseas or here at our Napier Road Centre. 

Where is this course taught?

Calendar and pricing

These courses are only available at Napier Road Centre. 

  • Five days per week (Monday to Friday)
  • 240 class hours per level 
  • 12 weeks maximum per level
  • Maximum 16 students in a class

Course fees

  • 2016 weekly fee: S$708.00 
  • Student Pass application and ICA processing visit: S$350.00 *
  • Non-refundable application fee: S$150.00
  • Fee Protection Scheme (FPS): 1% of total payment (minimum S$25.00)

* Only if required.


Level Class Timing Date
Elementary 1100 - 1545* 29 August 2016 onwards
Pre-Intermediate 1100 - 1545* 29 August 2016 onwards
Intermediate 1100 - 1545* 21 November 2016 onwards

*Lunch: 1300 - 1345


  • Weekly fee: S$708.00

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

Public holidays and closure

Public holidays and closure in 2016

Date Holiday
1 January New Year's Day
8 February Chinese New Year
9 February Chinese New Year
25 March Good Friday
1 May Labour Day
2 May In lieu of Labour Day * (Sunday, 1 May 2016)
21 May Vesak Day
6 July Hari Raya Puasa
9 August National Day
12 September Hari Raya Haji
29 October Deepavali (confirmed by MOM on 18 February 2016)
19 to 24 December Scheduled Centre Closure
25 December Christmas Day
26 December In lieu of Christmas Day * (Sunday, 25 December 2016)

* As Labour Day and Christmas Day fall on Sunday, the following Mondays (ie. 2 May 2016 and 26 December 2016) will be public holidays.

Learning outcomes


SMART English Junior is available for learners aged 11 to 14 from Elementary to Intermediate levels. Your level will be assessed by a British Council administered Aptis for Teens test, which will grade you according to the Common European Framework (CEF), and will also receive an assessment summary and report. The test helps you to know what areas to focus on and we will give you a Study Pathway to show you how you can progress towards to your goals within your chosen length of study.

  • Elementary is designed for students tested at (CEF) level A1.
  • Pre-Intermediate is designed for students tested at (CEF) level A2.
  • Intermediate is designed for students tested at (CEF) level B1.
British Council SMART English Junior level Maximum length of level Entry point Progress to
Elementary 12 weeks CEF A1 Pre-intermediate / International School Entry Application (depending on requirements)
Pre-intermediate 12 weeks CEF A2 Intermediate / International School Entry Application (depending on requirements)
Intermediate 12 weeks CEF B1 International School Entry Application (depending on requirements)


Listening and Speaking

  • Talk about yourself
  • Understand and give directions
  • Make and reply to offers
  • Talk about gadgets and make a presentation
  • Learn how to agree and disagree


  • Understand a personal profile
  • Read a survey
  • Read about a description of a house
  • Develop skills to understand both longer factual and fictional texts.


  • Develop and use basic punctuation 
  • Learn important spelling conventions
  • Learn how to structure a sentence effectively
  • Develop writing to be more descriptive
  • Learn how to check for errors when writing a paragraph
  • Understand how to organise a paragraph.

Life Skills

  • Organise your studies
  • Choose healthy foods
  • Prepare a presentation
  • Work in a team
  • Understand how to reduce pollution.

Exam Skills

  • True/false/not given
  • Complete gaps in a dialogue
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Match information.


Listening and Speaking

  • Talk about themselves and what they enjoy doing 
  • Present information about themselves and classmates
  • Ask for information on the phone
  • Talk about a past event
  • Make suggestions and plans
  • Online research and presentations.


  • Identify the most important information in both fictional and factual texts about familiar topics
  • Develop skills to find specific information and to complete detailed comprehension tasks
  • Develop understanding of different text types to be able to predict content in different situations
  • Understand and practise different tasks needed for reading exams.

Academic Writing

  • Develop topic sentences
  • Build paragraphs with detailed supporting sentences with examples
  • Describing graphs and data in a paragraph
  • Write concluding sentences
  • Organise an essay and offer opinions.

Life Skills

  • Deal with stress
  • Make your house green
  • Get the reading habit
  • Make a presentation using data and infographics
  • Help a charity
  • Investigate ethical trade
  • Check information on the internet.

Exam Skills

  • True/false/not given
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Open questions
  • Matching activities
  • Completing notes
  • Seaking in pairs and describing pictures.


Listening and Speaking

  • Apologise appropriately
  • Understand public talks
  • Give opinion about TV and films
  • Make arrangements
  • Report an interview
  • Compare and contrast photographs.


  • Become competent at identifying the most important information in both fictional and factual texts about familiar and unfamiliar topics
  • Practise skills to quickly find specific information and to complete detailed comprehension tasks
  • Confidently and quickly identify different text types and predict content in different situations
  • Practise and refine strategies for different tasks needed for reading exams.


  • Understand essay structure
  • Write an introduction and conclusion
  • Learn about different essay types. (e.g. cause and effect, opinion) 
  • Describe a data from a graph and a process.

Life Skills

  • Think about responsibility and right and wrong
  • Learn about speaking in public
  • Think about our impact on the environment
  • Assess skills and how they can help in the future
  • Become aware of the internet and its dangers.

Exam Skills

  • Sentence transformation
  • Identify speaker and opinions
  • Identify missing sentences
  • Note completion.