British Council Open House

[Media Invite]

I have heard of British Council (BC) since I was in primary school, but I didn't have any chance of attending their courses though my English was poor (still bad now) because my family was not well to do. Honestly I know BC has been present in Singapore for very long, but I didn't know until yesterday that they have been here for almost 70 years! Little did I know that BC has expanded their branches to Marsiling, Tampines, Katong and Toa Payoh, beside their main branch in Napier Road! Wow! It is now more convenient for parents around the island to find a BC near you!

I was invited to visit BC at their Toa Payoh branch yesterday and I must say I was impressed with their offering. BC now has enrichment programmes for pre-school, primary school and secondary school, and they even run a half-day pre-school in Tampines! You may book a school visit if you are considering sending your little one to BC Pre-school. Simply click on this link to register your interest and BC's personnel will get in touch with you. 

Let's first talk about its pre-school's enrichment programme

BC’s pre-school enrichment programmes focus on improving early literacy and oral communication skills for learners between the ages of 3 and 6. Through its interactive class environment, the courses help children develop literacy skills as well as build confidence and socialisation skills for successful transition to Primary school.

We had a chance to observe a trial class where the teacher was teaching a mixed of N2 to K2.

You might have observed that the lesson plan is well-structure and the interactive whiteboard (in all classrooms) is very engaging. You might have also noticed that BC incorporated auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning in the entire lesson too. Bravo to that! I really like what I saw. Now, I hope AJ is 4 years old once again! :)

English for Primary School

BC’s primary courses cover the core content of the Singaporean MOE English Language Primary Curriculum (2010), building towards the new format of PSLE (2015). The courses will help children gain confidence and the skills needed to improve their overall performance in English. The 6-year programme supplements learning in local schools and targets areas that Singaporean students find most challenging, to support them on the pathway to a successful PSLE. The English experts at the BC believe that having greater world knowledge gives students an edge in school oral, comprehension and composition activities.

English for Secondary School

BC’s four-year Secondary course is aligned with the MOE syllabus and will help students to succeed in the 'O' Level English examinations. At Secondary 1, 2 and 3, the focus of the curriculum is comprehension and composition. Lessons cover topics relating to current world issues, widening students' general knowledge and equipping them to comprehend texts on an increasingly complex range of topics and to write well-informed compositions. This is supported by weekly comprehension and composition question practice tailored to each level by an MOE expert. At Secondary 4, the course focuses on analysing past 'O' Level papers, anticipating common errors and teaching key exam strategies.

Open House 2016

It's the time of the year when we, parents, do a stocktake of our children's academic performances and start planning for their education path for the new year ahead. Hence, you might want to take this opportunity to visit BC and check out their offerings as well as enrolling your children into their trial classes free. You and your children will be able to experience the teaching methodology that the BC adopts in their courses as well as have the opportunity to speak to academic heads.

The Open House will be held at various BC Centres in Singapore. There will also be fun activities catered for families and children such as balloon sculpting and face-painting. You will also enjoy exclusive discounts when they sign up for an enrichment course on these dates.

Registration for the free trial classes is needed. You may call BC at +65 6439 2148 to do so or register online at

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