Preparatory Course in Academic English for International English Language Testing System

Preparatory Course in Academic English for International English Language Testing System (Pre-Intermediate)

Course Objectives

  • Correct mistakes that students with working knowledge of English make, so that they use the language correctly.
  • Provide structured practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking, so that they become more confident and proficient English users.
  • Develop students’ confidence to use English in a variety of personal, social, and practical situations.

Focus Areas

  • Applying grammar rules correctly
  • Building vocabulary
  • Emphasising mastery of all four skills

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Score of 40 – 54 out of 100 on placement test
  • IELTS 3.5

Course Learning Outcome(s)

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

Grammar

  1. construct simple sentences with minimal errors.
  2. construct complex sentences with a reasonable degree of accuracy.

Vocabulary

  1. express themselves comfortably on a variety of personal, social and practical situations.
  2. eg.  daily life, people, leisure and entertainment, hobbies and interests, travel and current trends, etc

Reading

  1. understand straightforward authentic signs, symbols, timetables and schedules.
  2. understand simple instructions, articles, passages and reports from a variety of media.
  3. scan texts for specific information.
  4. skim texts for main ideas.
  5. identify the main idea of a text.
  6. identify supporting details in a text.

Writing

  1. apply studied grammatical structures to writing.
  2. identify errors in written texts.
  3. edit written texts.
  4. recall sentence types.
  5. differentiate between sentence types.
  6. write informal letters, recounts and instructions.

Listening

  1. follow a conversation or monologue in a variety of accents if speech is clearly articulated.
  2. identify main ideas from a conversation or monologue set in an everyday social situation.
  3. identify details from a conversation or monologue set in an everyday social situation.

Speaking

  1. pronounce words with some native language influence.
  2. express opinions and information on everyday topics and common experiences and situations.
  3. speak at length about a familiar topic.
  4. ask for clarification.

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the following:

  • 5 contact hours x 5 days x 8 weeks = 200 contact hours
  • End of course written exam (in week 7 of course)

Manner of Course Delivery

Face-to-face in air-conditioned classrooms

Teacher-Student Ratio

1:30

Preparatory Course in Academic English for International English Language Testing System (Intermediate)

Course Objectives

  • Raise students’ English proficiency to meet more complex demands.
  • Expand student’s vocabulary to include more global themes and general knowledge.
  • Actively consider purpose, audience, context and culture when reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Focus Areas

  • Identifying and applying English to different text types
  • Expanding vocabulary
  • Mastering all four skills

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Score of 55 – 69 out of 100 on placement test
  • IELTS 4.0

Course Learning Outcome(s)

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

Grammar

  1. identify the grammar structure of different text types.
  2. use the appropriate grammar structure for different text types correctly.

Vocabulary

  1. use a wide range of words on global themes.
  2. eg.  communication, technology, social issues, the world around us, education, business, health, etc.
  3. use simple idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.

Reading

  1. read independently.
  2. apply various reading comprehension skills to understand texts.
  3. preview
  4. predict
  5. skim and scan
  6. guess from context
  7. guess meaning of words
  8. identify main ideas, details, facts, opinions, arguments and discussion points from a variety of texts.
  9. paraphrase the main ideas of a variety of texts.

Writing

  1. identify sentence problems.
  2. recognise the use of parallelism.
  3. distinguish between main ideas and details.
  4. use a variety of comparison and contrast words.
  5. plan an outline before attempting to complete a writing task.
  6. structure their writing according to conventions for different text types.
  7. write for both traditional and electronic media.

Listening

  1. follow extended speech of multiple speakers in a variety of accents if speech is clearly articulated.
  2. identify main ideas and specific factual information.
  3. identify a speaker’s mood, tone, opinion, attitude and purpose.
  4. distinguish major from minor points.

Speaking

  1. pronounce words accurately with minimal native language influence.
  2. communicate opinions and information on global themes.
  3. speak at length on a given topic, familiar or unfamiliar, using appropriately and coherently.
  4. engage in a conversation or discussion by providing relevant explanations, arguments or comments.

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the following:

  • 5 contact hours x 5 days x 8 weeks = 200 contact hours
  • End of course written exam (in week 7 of course)

Manner of Course Delivery

Face-to-face in air-conditioned classrooms

Teacher-Student Ratio

1:30

Preparatory Course in Academic English for International English Language Testing System (Advanced)

Course Objectives

  • Build students’ confidence to use English in both social and academic environments.
  • Develop students’ ability to express their ideas in English fully and convincingly for academic purposes.
  • Identify and create appropriate text types for an academic task.

Focus Areas

  • Taking notes
  • Locating, selecting and assessing relevant data
  • Writing academic papers
  • Delivering presentations
  • Sitting for examinations

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Score of 70 – 84 out of 100 on placement test
  • IELTS 4.5

Course Learning Outcome(s)

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

Grammar

  1. maintain a high level of grammatical accuracy.
  2. use a variety of grammatical structures to develop their writing style.

Vocabulary

  1. use a variety of idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms.
  2. communicate on a wide range of topics using appropriate and accurate words.

Reading

  1. research and use a variety of media (eg.  library, periodicals, online search engines, etc).
  2. identify the meaning of words, relationships in texts and important points.
  3. read efficiently using the appropriate reading comprehension skills effortlessly.
  4. take notes on a variety of written texts.
  5. infer the meaning of words in a text.
  6. evaluate the main ideas in a text.
  7. think critically in response to a text.
  8. defend opinions with evidence from the text.

Writing

  1. produce coherent and appropriate formal academic writing.
  2. write in response to a task with appropriate content, organisation of ideas, accuracy and range of vocabulary and grammar.
  3. describe the stages of processes and developments.
  4. explain how something works.
  5. develop an argument.
  6. organise, present and compare data.
  7. present a solution to a problem.
  8. present and justify an opinion.
  9. compare and contrast evidence, opinions and implications.
  10. evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or an argument.
  11. structure their writing according to conventions of academic styles.
  12. edit and proofread.
  13. answer examination questions.

Listening

  1. take and organise lecture notes.
  2. evaluate the importance and relevance of information.
  3. recognise opinions, attitudes and purpose.
  4. follow the development of an argument.
  5. follow a speaker even if the accent or topic is unfamiliar.
  6. listen attentively and critically.
  7. listen actively and passively.
  8. use transition signals to identify main ideas in lectures.

Speaking

  1. produce clear, smooth and well-structured speech on a variety of topics, familiar and unfamiliar.
  2. respond appropriately to questions.
  3. participate actively is discussions and debates.
  4. express and justify opinions.
  5. analyse, discuss and speculate about issues.
  6. make formal presentations.

Students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the following:

  • 5 contact hours x 5 days x 8 weeks = 200 contact hours
  • End of course written exam (in week 7 of course)

Manner of Course Delivery

Face-to-face in air-conditioned classrooms

Teacher-Student Ratio

1:30

Course Schedule

Commencement and End Dates

Commencement Date

End Date

12 January 2015

6 March 2015

23 March 2015

15 May 2015

1 June 2015

24 July 2015

11 August 2015

2 October 2015

19 October 2015

11 December 2015

Scheduled School Holidays for 2015

Holiday

Date

Youth Day*

Sunday July

Teachers’ Day

Friday 4 September

* The following Monday, 6th July 2015 will be a scheduled school holiday.

Public Holidays for 2015

Holiday

Date

New Year’s Day

Thursday 1 January

Chinese New Year

Thursday 19 February

Friday 20 February

Good Friday

Friday 3 April

Labour Day

Friday 1 May

Vesak Day

Monday 1 June

Hari Raya Puasa

Friday 17 July

National Day

*Sun 9 August

Hari Raya Haji

Thursday 24 September

Deepavali

**Tuesday 10 November

Christmas Day

Friday 25 December

*The next day, Mon 10 August 2015, will be a public holiday.

**Tentatively, Deepavali will fall on 10 November in 2015. This date will need to be reconfirmed against the Hindu Almanac when it is available. Should there be a change in date, the Ministry of Manpower will issue a media release to announce the change accordingly.

Course Fees

Preparatory Course in Academic English for International English Language Testing System (Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced)

Description

Amount (S$)

Remarks

Application Fee

500.00

Non-refundable and non-transferable

Administration Fee

200.00

-

Fee Protection Scheme Fee

50.00

-

Medical Insurance Fee

80.00

-

Course Fee

2,650.00

-

Textbooks and Materials

150.00

Non-refundable once collected

Total (without GST)

3,630.00

-

GST

254.10

-

Total (with GST)

3,881.10

-

Miscellaneous Fees for All Students *

Description

Amount S$

Remarks

Student’s Pass Card

90.00

Payable to ICA

Medical Examination

50.00

Payable to the examining medical centre

Bank Charges for TT

20.00 to 30.00

Determined and deducted by bank

* Miscellaneous Fees refer to any non-compulsory and non-standard fees which the student will pay only when necessary or applicable. Such fees are normally collected on an ad-hoc basis by YEC when the need arises.

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