SECTION B – Timings, schedules
Our classes are online, synchronous e-learning classes, meaning students are not able to take the lessons at any time of the day or night. We are strong proponents of interactive learning, and hence, you will still need to schedule a regular timeslot (2 or 3 times a week) so that the teacher is available and prepared for your class.
Yes. Our key priority is to make as many timings available as possible so as to suit your child’s schedule. Therefore, you select the timings that your child can make. The teachers will moderate the class to ensure that each child learns and progresses accordingly. In fact, “因材施教” is a philosophy that all our teachers embrace.
We will keep students with similar progression and ability in a group as much as possible. From experience, we have found that in small close groups, there is friendly competition and some peer pressure to complete their work better than the rest. This fosters group interaction and maximises speed of learning. Not to mention the kids have more fun!
We have different available time-slots for different levels. Contact us by email [[email protected]]
The recommended deadline by MOE was for all primary schools to switch to a single morning session by 2016. Although some schools have missed the deadline, we planned our lessons based on this recommendation. Our lessons are now scheduled for afternoons / evenings and Saturdays. If you have a specific requirement, do contact us to see what we can work out.
Yes we do. Go over to our P1 Prep Course to prepare your K2 child for P1.
Research has indicated that shorter, frequent intervals are most optimal for language absorption ability. Hence for Primary 1 to 3 for example, our lessons are structured as 3 times a week of an hour each. During the first 2 lessons, the teachers will cover vocabulary, related phrases, sentence structures and usage patterns. The third lesson will be for homework and assessment work. Throughout the lessons, our teachers will converse with your child, do some exercises, and also play short clips to reinforce the lessons. Frequent usage of the vocabulary and sentences will help your child to retain it better in long term memory and it will become part of his / her “natural” vocabulary, thus increasing his / her confidence in the language. Should you prefer less frequency (minimum 2 times a week), let us know. Pricing will be adjusted accordingly.
There will not be any lessons scheduled on public holidays, and neither will there be any replacement lessons given. We will remind parents via email or sms at least 2 days before the holiday.
a) up to 1 replacement lesson a week, but no more than 2 replacement lessons in a month, subject to availability
b) replacement lessons may be conducted by a tutor other than the student’s regular tutor and in a class size larger than 4 students
c) no refunds or further replacement lesson will be given if a student fails to attend a replacement lesson
Not a problem! As long as your child or another guardian knows how to sign in to our video conferencing software, minimal adult supervision is required for the lesson. Our teachers will take over from there and will be able to quickly notify our Connected Learning coordinators if there are any problems during the class. That’s why it is important that you provide us with a reachable phone number in case there are disruptions during the class.
Many parents have found that as they listened in to the lessons, their Mandarin actually improves as well. Not to worry — we have coordinators based in Singapore who speak both English and Mandarin. If you need to feedback on the lessons or teachers or have specific enquires, please drop us a note at email [[email protected]], telephone [8725 7379] or SMS [8725 7379], anytime.
Also attached is part of a lesson plan of the P6 syllabus.
|3||第二课 红头巾 和练习二|
|1月||6||练习三 和 第四课 小青蛙和它的朋友|
|7||第四课小青蛙和它的朋友 和 练习四|
|9||练习五 和 口试 听力|
The teachers will try to complete all work within the lesson timeframe. In the case of unforeseen incomplete work, it will be assigned to the child and the work will have to be scanned and emailed to the teachers for checking.
SECTION C – Costs
Fees are payable on a per month basis. All fees are neither transferable nor refundable. An invoice will be sent to you via email and payment can be made by cheque or by internet banking at least 1 week before the start of the new month.
We will willingly prorate the course fees for you.
Our teachers will be using assessment books and textbooks to enhance your child’s learning. For your convenience, we will offer to purchase the relevant books on your behalf and send them to you by registered post. The cost of these books (plus postage) is the “course materials” fee. If you already have any of the books or you wish to purchase the books on your own, just tell us and we won’t send (and charge) duplicate copies to you.
SECTION D – Technical
- Broadband internet access
- Desktop computer / Laptop with webcam or iPad
- A headset with microphone (optional), speakers will work fine if the environment is not too noisy
- Stationery such as a pencil and a notebook
Here is minimum requirement to run OmniJoin 7 conferencing software:
|OS||Windows Vista or later (Windows 7 or later recommended)|
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Quad
Intel Core i3
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i7
processor or equivalent
|2GB or more|
|Web Browser||Microsoft Edge
Internet Explorer 9 or later
|OS||OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later|
|CPU||Core 2 Duo processor or equivalent|
|2GB or more|
If there are problems with the connection, our teachers will notify our Connected Learning coordinators that are based in Singapore. Our coordinators will then liaise with you (or your guardian who is home with the child) to help them resolve the problem.
The videoconferencing software that we have selected is a licensed product and is commonly used. Instructions and user guide on how to download and install the software will be provided upon confirmation of trial / first class.