Friday, July 28, 2017

English Enrichment Class

Hi I am Mrs Nora de Silva, a specialist English Language and English Literature teacher and curriculum developer (Victoria Junior College, Raffles Institution Gifted Education Programme and Nanyang Girls' High School GEP. I have the rare distinction of being one of the very few teachers who can claim to having taken many students from the Singapore (SEAB) PSLE EL to A levels General Paper.

English enrichment lessons devised and taught by an ex-RI GEP teacher:

  • who was involved in curriculum design in the pivotal 1st 10 years of Singapore's Gifted Education Programme (the pre-cursor of Singapore's Integrated Programme)
  • is an English Language and Literature specialist (not a cross-over Sec/JC Geog/History/Econs specialist or in primary school, a Maths/Science teacher)
  • is a "Lit-crusader", 
  • is familiar with the route to scholarship awards (even sifted out President's Scholars when they were only Sec 2!),
  • has taught humanities scholars in a top JC, as well students from mainstream schools but with special needs (dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's, expressive language disorder, specific language disability, to name a few),
  • is experienced with teaching elocution, having taught Speech and Drama;
  • converted erstwhile Maths-inclined students and computer geeks into published poets,
  • has transformed students from Chinese Language dominant family backgrounds into humanities scholars,
  • has helped the lower Sec ACS(Ind) students make the cut (with my Lit Unseen Poetry prog) to get into the International Baccalaureate programme,
  • has motivated Normal stream students to make that jump to Express stream,
  • served as practicum trainer/examiner for professional courses for senior PSLE EL teachers,
  • understands "enrichment" like the back of her hand, and
  • consistently writes lessons that are exam-focused and save the student's time.

Interested parents and students can SMS me at 81386011 for info on Eng Lang Enrichment Classes for PSLE, O levels, Sec Integrated Programme (A levels pathway) & General Paper A levels, Sec Literature Unseen Poetry Programmes 

Monday, December 26, 2016

Singapore's Tuition Industry is estimated at $1Billion

While education experts say it is difficult to establish how much of a role tuition has in academic success, one thing is for sure. Tuition business in Singapore is worth more than a billion dollars annually. Almost double the $650 million spent on it in 2004.

Parents have no qualms spending several hundreds or thousands of dollars on tuition each month. This is despite knowing that having tuition may not raise their children's grades significantly. This commitment to education stems from a strong belief that good grades in school will ensure a successful life in future.

Dr Yeap Ban Har, 48, principal of Marshall Cavendish Institute, feels that tutoring helps students in mastering the basics, but does not contribute significantly to performing well in novel, challenging problems. "If a student is weak in basics, tuition might help with basic skills questions as it tends to be about practice and more practice," he said.

National Institute of Education don Jason Tan said the efficacy of tuition varies from student to student. "I don't think you can say tuition does not work for anyone."

Dr Yeap, National University of Singapore economics lecturer, said that the skills of a teacher makes more of a difference in a student's learning process. "It is not a case of tuition or no tuition... If a teacher can create opportunities (for the students) to explore, to collaborate, to think structurally, to reflect, to communicate, to be independent, to make meaning, to be confident… It does not matter whether he is a teacher in a school, or a tutor."

Monday, December 12, 2016

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