English Champ

Note from the Director

As a multilingual country which education system emphasizes on learning languages as a subject, students need to understand the technical aspects of the languages tested. This adds a tremendous amount of stress to most students who are struggling to cope at school with their academic performance, extra-curricular activities and peer pressure, on top of their daily school work and projects. These students may eventually find that they are not on par with their international peers, especially when they reach their college and university years and later on as they enter the workforce.

Realising this, I have introduced a unique curriculum in our English programmes to incorporate speech and drama, and presentation skills which include story-telling and debating, for the students to gain confidence in using the language. Also, to inculcate the love for reading, we organise book club month so that students get a chance to convey their thoughts and exchange ideas on specific titles. Grammar Attack Series have been recently introduced to those who are weak in writing so that they can acquire a solid foundation before proceeding to the next level.

Once a year, we organise a recital so that students get a chance to showcase their performing skills to family and friends. During the performances, students get inspired watching their friends perform and we realise that the younger children aspire to do as well as the older children in the next recital.

‘Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand’, is a popular Chinese proverb. Using this methodology in our lessons, students have shown a marked improvement in all four skills of the language – speaking, listening, reading and writing. While some schools adopt the children-can-be-seen-but-not-heard attitude, we encourage our students to speak up and enjoy the learning process. As you may have noticed, our tagline is ‘We Make Learning Fun’.

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