How to choose the best English enrichment programme for your child
If you’re looking to improve your child’s English language skills, there are 5 factors to consider when deciding on the right English enrichment programme. Read on to find out what these are.
Although there are four official languages in Singapore, English is the language of business, government, and the medium of instruction in schools. It is also referred to as a “world language” as it is so widely spoken globally. Therefore, having a certain level of mastery of the English language has become somewhat of a necessity for us all.
It may sound easy and straightforward, but English – with its complex rules on grammar, spelling and pronunciation – can be hard to grasp for some children, especially those coming from homes where Singlish is spoken.
So how do we ensure that our children are given a strong foundation in the English language? It starts at home, of course, and is as simple as constantly speaking to our children in standard English and providing them with children’s books written in the language as well.
It isn’t just children coming from bilingual or multilingual homes that may require specialised help when it comes to learning English. Even those from English-speaking families struggle with the language. So finding the right English enrichment programme that utilises effective teaching methods and provides a nurturing and conducive learning environment is vital.
To steer parents in the right direction, we have approached the education experts at LiteracyPlus, which boasts 17 years of experience in successfully providing English Language and Literature programmes for children.
Since LiteracyPlus was founded in 1997 by director Mrs June Imada Lee, this Singapore English enrichment provider has amassed a proven track record, serving more than 150,000 students in over 145 schools.
As a guide to choosing the best English enrichment programme for children, Mrs Lee and the teachers at LiteracyPlus have listed down the five qualities that have made the LiteracyPlus Enrichment Centre the top choice for parents:
1. Established and Trusted
Look for a centre that is trusted by the heads of the English Language departments and teachers in schools. LiteracyPlus is not only highly recommended by English Language heads, it also runs Literature Appreciation Programmes in schools that are specially funded by the National Arts Council Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP). At the Centre, children’s literature is incorporated in the curriculum to ignite the love for English in children.
2. Experienced and Qualified Educators
Enquire about the professional background of the teachers at the centre. With a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education, Mrs Lee is a certified Reading Specialist and a U.S.-trained English Language and Literature teacher, as well as a former president of The Society for Reading and Literacy in Singapore.
Mrs Lee is personally involved in curriculum development at the centre and provides close support to the teachers. More notably, her LiteracyPlus team is comprised of NIE-trained teachers, a number of whom have been nominated for or presented with national awards.
3. Focused Teaching
Check the student-to-teacher ratio. Remember: the lower the ratio, the more personalised the instruction. LiteracyPlus has small class sizes, with a maximum of 10 students per class, thus offering your child more individualised attention from the teacher.
4. Current and Comprehensive Curriculum
Find out if the programmes are aligned with MOE’s syllabus and are in high demand among local kindergartens and primary schools. With up-to-date curriculum, LiteracyPlus is a well-respected English specialist that conducts programmes both in local schools and at their enrichment centre.
5. Fun and Interactive Modules
Make sure the programmes are structured for optimum learning, but yet are fun and engaging for children. At LiteracyPlus, English enrichment programmes range from preschool level (N2-K2) up to Secondary 1. They hone fundamental skills in reading, comprehension, writing and speaking.
LiteracyPlus teachers are passionate, creative, and intentional about bringing English to life in the classroom. They engage students with interesting newspaper articles, videos, award-winning books and games. Students are also encouraged to participate in class debates, language games, sharing sessions and oral presentations. At LiteracyPlus, lessons take students beyond the classroom.
In July 2013, we enrolled Samuel at LiteracyPlus to improve his comprehension and writing skills. In just 3 months, we could see his improvement through his daily work and in his exam score. We also noticed improvement in his vocabulary! We are very happy with his progress.
LiteracyPlus has small class sizes and the teacher is able to give each child personal attention. Samuel always looks forward to lessons at the Centre, and he enjoys Ms Tan Lay Hoon’s fun and interesting teaching methods. He has shared that Ms Tan is patient and nice in class, and even encourages him to help others and the class to work as a team.
When Samuel was hospitalised, we were surprised and appreciative when Ms Tan called to show her concern. We are very grateful and happy that LiteracyPlus teachers are genuinely interested in their students’ studies and welfare.
~ Annie Lim, mother of Samuel Chan, P3, New Town Primary School
LiteracyPlus is currently offering a free assessment for all prospective students. Plus, you can take advantage of its trial class at 50% off the normal price. Contact the centre at 6777 2468 or [email protected].