How are your courses aligned to the MOE?
Our curriculum team is made up of British Council Head of Secondary and a MOE expert, Monica Sharma-Menon. They map the content and skills of our courses to the current English Language Syllabus (2010) to ensure that students are developing knowledge and skills directly relevant to their school work.
How will this course help my child in their exams?
Comprehension and composition are the areas of greatest need for Secondary students: they make up nearly three quarters of the ‘O’ Level English exam marks and are often areas students score lowest in. This assessment booklet provides direct exam practice of the skills studied in 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.
You say this is a comprehension and composition course – does that mean students sit in silence completing these tasks?
Of course not! While there are times when students do quiet study our interactive lessons regularly involve discussion of the lesson content with both the teacher and each other, collaborating to complete tasks and presenting their work. The research is clear: when students are actively engaged in the lessons, what they learn is more memorable.