Alongside our Secondary courses we offer Grammar Focus, which provides students with intensive language input and practice in preparation for our Secondary courses.
What is the focus for this course?
Students in this class generally need a language foundation to help them access the curriculum covered in school. This course teaches the grammar, vocabulary and exam skills required to cope with these academic demands. In addition to this, there are dedicated comprehension and composition lessons with an emphasis on teaching academic skills such as identifying key parts of a question and using contextual clues to understand unfamiliar words, such as part of speech and paragraph topic.
At what point will my child be able to join a Secondary class?
We want your child to have the foundations of English language before moving into Secondary school. Your child will be assessed on their grammar, vocabulary and composition every 5 weeks to monitor their progress towards this. Based on these scores and the teacher’s observations, when your child is ready they will be suggested to move to a Secondary class.
The course looks different from what my child does at school. How will it help them?
This course provides your child with the language foundation required to cope with the academic demands of Secondary school. Our Secondary courses, and Secondary English courses in schools, presume this knowledge and focus more on comprehension, composition and building a wider general knowledge.
When my child is ready to move to Secondary, which level will they join?
When ready to move in to a Secondary class, students join a class at the same level as they are currently in at school.
What’s the different between Grammar Focus 1 and Grammar Focus 2?
Grammar Focus 1 is for students with an Elementary level of English (Common European Framework level A2) and teaches the basics of English grammar and vocabulary. Grammar Focus 2 is for students with an Intermediate level of English (Common European Framework level B1) and teachers a wider range of grammar and vocabulary, preparing students for the demands of Secondary classes. When ready, students in Grammar Focus 1 move on to Grammar Focus 2 and then into a Secondary class.
How can I help my child with their English study?
You can ask them informally about the topics they are studying in class. This regular discussion helps cement world knowledge learned in class which will help them to better understand texts and express their ideas in writing.
What is unique about studying with the British Council?
- High Calibre Teachers: Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced English language teachers. In addition, all teachers are trained in current MOE guidelines in order to support students studying at Secondary school.
- A course dedicated to Singaporean Needs: This course is designed in partnership with an MOE expert to support the two biggest areas of need that Secondary students face in English: comprehension and composition. We teach these skills directly and give students follow up practice and review to ensure they are being learnt.
- Close Home-School Links: You will receive a welcome email from the teacher in addition to parent meetings and progress reports. We encourage you to communicate regularly with the teacher through these channels.
- An International Environment: Students meet teachers and staff from across the world, exposing them to different values and opinions, broadening their mind. Not only a useful tool at school, this will prepare them for the world of further study and work, where global communication is essential.