About

What is SMART English Junior?

SMART English Junior: Certificate in Intensive English is an intensive English course for students aged 11 – 14 years old, who wish to study at an International or Secondary school within Singapore. The course runs for four hours a day, five days a week. Students are eligible for a student pass through the British Council. New students can join the course every Monday.

SMART English Junior in brief

SMART English Junior will help students use functional English on a daily basis, as well as prepare them for the academic experience of studying at an International or Secondary school within Singapore. There are two levels available, A and B, and students will be advised on the appropriate level to join during placement testing.  

The course will:

  • raise English levels through a course-book syllabus designed for young teenagers, focusing on listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • develop the critical thinking and language skills required for modern life through a regular focus on research projects and collaborative tasks  
  • teach academic and subject specific English designed to directly support the students in both the IB and the Cambridge school system
  • improve exam skills strategies with regular tests, quizzes and practice exam sessions
  • build confidence through the use of English in a variety of real life situations.

Course Materials

The course uses a modern, course book series exploring relevant and motivating content for young adults. Our experienced and highly qualified teachers will also organise and coordinate project work to ensure the students expand their world knowledge, and develop the academic and life skills required for study at secondary level.  The students also receive regular exam practice and training in preparation for their school entrance exams, and are given guidance on ways to consolidate their learning outside of class.

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

We assess students’ level at the start of the course to place them in the correct level and identify the key areas for them to focus on during the course. Students progress through level A then level B, thereby reaching a language level which will allow them to sit the entrance exam for either local or international school. Students are regularly assessed through tests, quizzes and mock exams and parents will receive monthly progress reports from the teacher.

How do I register my child?

A British Council administered placement test is required to ensure your child is at the appropriate level for this course. This can be conducted overseas or here at our Napier Road Centre. 

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

Calendar and pricing

SMART English Junior is only available at Napier Road Centre. 

  • Five days per week (Monday to Friday)
  • Class timing: 0900 - 1300 
  • Maximum 16 students in a class

Course fees

  • 2017 weekly fee: S$736.00
  • 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)
  • Course book per level: S$60.00

* Only if required.

Discounts

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 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 December to 2 January 2018 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.

Learning outcomes

SMART English Junior A

Listening and Speaking

  • Talking about yourself and what you enjoy doing
  • Asking for and giving opinions 
  • Talking about a past event
  • Describing places around the world
  • Carrying out research and giving presentations

Reading

  • Identifying the most important information in both fictional and factual texts 
  • Developing skills to find specific information
  • Complete detailed comprehension tasks 
  • Developing understanding of different text types to predict content in different situations
  • Understanding and practising different tasks needed for reading exams

Writing

  • Developing topic sentences
  • Building paragraphs with detailed supporting sentences with examples
  • Writing concluding sentences
  • Organising an essay and offering opinions
  • Writing in a range of genres – blog, email, news report etc.

Exam Skills

  • Speaking in pairs and describing pictures
  • Answering true/false/not given questions
  • Completing matching activities
  • Answering multiple choice questions
  • Locating key information in a paragraph

Academic Skills

  • Making a presentation using data and infographics
  • Allocating tasks for group research
  • Managing a group presentation 
  • Using technical vocabulary
  • Supporting ideas using evidence
  • Individual research 

SMART English Junior B

Listening and Speaking

  • Giving career advice 
  • Describing yourself and others
  • Talking about quantities
  • Evaluating marketing and advertising claims
  • Understanding scientific documentaries

Reading

  • Identifying the most important information in both fictional and factual texts 
  • Practising skills to quickly find specific information 
  • Completing detailed comprehension tasks
  • Predicting content in different situations
  • Practising and refining strategies for different tasks needed for reading exams

Writing

  • Understanding essay structure
  • Writing in a range of genres – blog, email, news report etc.  
  • Learning about different essay types. E.g. cause and effect, opinion
  • Describing a data from a graph and a process
  • Developing accuracy in all forms of writing

Exam Skills

  • Completing sentence transformation tasks
  • Identifying speaker and opinions in listening texts
  • Identifying missing sentences in reading comprehensions
  • Speculating about pictures
  • Predicting based on genre and content

Academic Skills

  • Editing and peer evaluation
  • Contributing to a discussion
  • Engaging with listeners
  • Structuring a presentation
  • Showing awareness of the other side of the argument