English Course in Singapore
Learning any new language can be a daunting and frustrating challenge to undertake. This is often compounded by complicated teaching methods and tiresome written work assignments that serve only to further deter the student. The challenge of improving one’s spoken English doesn’t need to be this difficult.
English tuition in Singapore really started to become popular in the early 1960’s after self-governance and, eventually, independence were achieved. It was viewed that English was becoming the dominating universal language of science, technology and commerce; hence it became the main language.
You have decided you want to learn English in Singapore but don’t know where to begin. Read the helpful advice below to get started.
Find a school and method that works for you. With hundreds of English language schools in Singapore the choice can be overwhelming. Here are some things to consider:
“Do I want to learn at a school that teaches me how to speak good English?”
Of course you want to learn to speak good English! Reading and writing come with time, just as a child learns their first language by listening and repeating the sounds made by people around them. Only after some confidence is built and the student has a solid foundation of the spoken language can one start to study the written word with success.
“Do I want to focus on how to read and write English or am I more interested in an English pronunciation course?”
Many adults who have learned English from a non-native speaker have a substantial vocabulary and well developed grammar skills, but their pronunciation is at a much more remedial level. Through careful listening and correction from a teacher, students can ‘clean up,’ their English rapidly.
“Do I want to study in a small group with peers, in a large classroom, or privately?”
Nobody knows you better than you. If you feel self-conscious in front of a large group, then you probably don’t want to study in a large class. You are going to make mistakes and you will need to be comfortable doing so. Conversely, if you feel that the isolation of a one-on-one lesson is too much pressure, then maybe choosing a school that lets you learn in a small group is right for you.
“I’m an adult and I don’t want to study with a bunch of kids, is there an English school in Singapore that offers this opportunity?”
With so many schools from which to learn English, Singapore has something for everyone.
“I work at The Westgate Mall, is there anywhere nearby that I can find an English course in Jurong East?”
Absolutely! In fact there is a fantastic English school at 134 Jurong East Gateway, just minutes from the MRT.
- Use all the resources that you have available.With unlimited access to online resources you have millions of language learning tools at your fingertips. Search for the tools that interest you.
- Label everything! Label everything you use in your daily life with the corresponding word in English. This is a great way to start building your vocabulary when you are first starting off learning a new language.
- Use the English that you are learning. Talk to your colleagues, friends, teachers, parents, kids or anyone who will listen. Use the English that you are learning to order food or while shopping. Don’t leave English in the classroom!
- Record yourself and listen. So much can be learned from hearing how we sound. It may seem silly or embarrassing at first when you listen back to yourself, but you will gain so much fluency from this technique.
- Learn idioms and phrasal verbs. Everyday conversation uses so many idioms, turns of phrase, and phrasal verbs that are not taught in many English courses. The more of these nuanced phrases we know and understand, the easier it is to comprehend native speakers, and to implement in our own speech.
- Find a teacher who will correct you. Constantly. Pronunciation is one of the most difficult things to learn when it comes to a new language. This is because it involves the physical challenge of training new muscles and creating new sounds with the mouth while in addition trying to remember the myriad other things you are trying to convey.
- Change the language on your social media, email, and phone. It can be a struggle at first, but you will figure it out. You know where all of the buttons and commands are simply by their location on the screen; the only difference now is that each one will have a new word associated with it.
There is no single answer as to how to improve English speaking; however joining an English class in Singapore is a step in the right direction. With so many schools teaching English in Singapore, make sure you ask the right questions before beginning your tuition.
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