GET LIT!

Immerse yourself in TEC’s learning circle, Get LIT!, and experience learning the English language outdoors. Get LIT! is a members only platform within The English Council for our ESL & EFL learners to get enlightened, get creative, get connected and get an edge through discovering the English language via both work and play. We bring you to places of interest and eateries or may even sign you up for a mini workshop such as a Cooking or Wine Tasting Class, mini Tours, Art & Drama workshops as well as Retreats so that you learn as you participate and engage with others. You will do this with other like-minded EFL and ESL learners, enabling you to make new friends as you do so and learn a particular skill or two while you are at it. You will be having so much fun, you won’t even realise that you are actually picking up a language skill! As we run each Get LIT! programme on a quarterly basis, do stay tuned to find out when and where our next Get LIT! experience will take us to. Or you could register your interest HERE so that we may keep you posted instead.

Social Responsibility

We believe in giving back.

10% of all The English Council’s proceeds will go back to the community and beyond in some way, shape or form, especially concessionary or fully sponsored course fees for disadvantaged or underprivileged learners*, working with meaningful platforms and organisations, or the like.

Feel free to join us in our efforts in giving back to our community and beyond in any way you can think of by writing to us. Whether it is in the form of bringing to our attention a situation with a special need, offering to give us your time and expertise or simply sharing an idea, no suggestion is too small or inconsequential. We would love hearing from you.

At The English Council, Teaching is a work of heart; we say what we mean and we mean what we say.

*Eligible learners will be selected at the sole discretion of The English Council Pte. Ltd.

Why English?

English remains the lingua franca of most countries. Studying and working globally as well as the rise of tourism make learning the English language crucial in this day and age.

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The English Council’s Vision

At The English Council, we subscribe to the philosophy that learning goes beyond the classroom. It needs to be functional, immersive and engaging with the primary purpose of enhancing the learning process for school-going children learning English as part of our National curriculum or as youths and adults learning English as a Second or Foreign language for their personal development. We offer lessons that are highly robust, dynamic and innovative, developing our learners’ receptive and productive skills, through contemporary learning programmes for effective retention of concepts. Similarly, we have incorporated a substantial amount of self-directed learning in our English Language programmes for active learners with time constraints.

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Creative Writing Competition

"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." - Louis L'Amour

"Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." - Anton Chekhov

The English Council Pte. Ltd. (TEC) is proud to present its inaugural nationwide Creative Writing Competition extended to all Singaporean & PR students in Singapore between the ages of 10 and 19 years old in 2020.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Pick ONE of the following five essay topics and write an original story between 500 and 800 words in length:

  1. The Red Box
  2. Start and end your original story with the following sentence: ‘I never liked the colour purple.’
  3. Write an original story based on: You are in the middle of a secluded desert. You see a mirror in the distance and as you gravitate towards it, you reach out and touch it.
  4. 2068
  5. Schadenfreude

Submit your original story to writingcompetition@theenglishcouncil.com by 5th December 2020 Saturday, 19th December 2020, 6.00pm

 

PRIZES

1st Prize (Overall Winner): Apple iPad

2nd Place Winner (Age Group – 10 to 14 Years Old): $400 TEC Gift Card

2nd Place Winner (Age Group – 15 to 19 Years Old): $400 TEC Gift Card

Plus 27 Consolation Prizes

DATES*

Submission Date:

5th December 19th December 2020, 6.00pm

Notification of Shortlisted Candidates by:

12th December 2020 9th – 12th January 2021

Workshop Date & Time:

Saturday, 19th December 

Saturday, 16th January 2021 

2.00pm to 6.00pm

Broadcast of Top 3 Winners:

December 2020 January 2021


*Dates and terms have been amended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


THANK YOU!

Submissions for this event are closed. A big ‘thank you’ to all contestants for their participation and support.

We look forward to reading each and every creative masterpiece. Stay tuned by liking or following us on our Facebook Page.

Write on & let the magic happen!

COMPETITION CRITERIA

This competition is strictly open to all Singaporean and PR students only, who are aged between 10 and 19 years old in 2020.
Each contestant may submit only ONE entry. ALL entries MUST be original and written by the contestant in English. The entries must not have been published anywhere else at the time of submission.

All participants MUST Like and Share any one of The English Council’s (TEC) Nationwide Creative Writing Competition 2020 posts on TEC’s Facebook Page (See link: https://www.facebook.com/theenglishcouncil/) on their Facebook Wall, Instagram or any social media platform in the form of a post. The audience setting of the latter post on the contestant’s social media profile MUST be set to public (where applicable) and remain actively published until the closing date of this competition. All submissions MUST include a screen grab(s) of the latter, along with TEC’s Entry Form (See below).

Entries that do not meet the minimum word count of 500 words or those that exceed the word count of 800 words will be immediately disqualified. Personal details of the contestant written on the first page will not contribute to the final word count.  

The submission deadline is 19th December 2020 at 6.00pm. Late submissions will not be entertained.

FEES

This is a FREE event and there is no participation fee of any kind required.

ENTRY FORM

Entries must be submitted via email to writingcompetition@theenglishcouncil.com and must use TEC’s Word Document template (CLICK HERE). The first page of this Word Document MUST be completed and endorsed with the contestant’s signature before submission. The contestant’s essay should start only from page two of the Word Document and should be typed in Arial font-size 12, double-spaced and in black only. Before submission, the Word Document needs to be renamed by changing ‘FULL NAME’ to the contestant’s full name.

SELECTION OF WINNERS

30 shortlisted contestants will be selected by the faculty of The English Council Pte. Ltd. and they will be notified by January 2021. The 30 selected contestants will be invited to attend a compulsory and complimentary Creative Writing Clinic, where they will undergo a second level of selection process during which they will be further assessed. This will be conducted on Saturday, 16th January 2021 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. (Shortlisted contestants will be notified of the venue via text message or email closer to the date). Of the 30 shortlisted contestants, 3 of them will be announced as the top winners based on their performance during the Creative Writing Clinic. The remaining 27 contestants will be awarded with a consolation prize. The results of the top 3 winners of The English Council’s Nationwide Creative Writing Competition 2020 will be published on The English Council’s website or social media page by January 2021. 

SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS

In view of the global spread of COVID-19, every effort will be taken during the Creative Writing Clinic to ensure the safety of all our participants through prior mandatory travel declarations of all parties directly involved in the event and temperature checks of all parties on the actual day before the commencement of the event.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

By submitting the essay to the competition, the contestant grants The English Council Pte. Ltd. and its affiliates the non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide, royalty-free license (with the right to sub-license) to keep and reproduce, edit, display, transmit, modify, publish and otherwise make use of the submitted entries in any and all media for any purpose consistent with the corporate objectives of The English Council Pte. Ltd., including educational, archival and research purposes, and for publicising The English Council Pte. Ltd. or any of its programmes, including derivative works for such purposes. Where practical, the essay will be attributed to the student who submitted it.

In addition, by submitting the essay or any other content to the Creative Writing Competition, the contestant declares that the submitted materials do not infringe on any copyright or other rights of any third party, and that the contestant has the right to grant any and all rights and licenses to The English Council Pte. Ltd. 

 

The English Council Pte. Ltd. reserves the right to change any of the above terms and conditions at any time without prior notice.

For further queries, please contact us at writingcompetition@theenglishcouncil.com

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Programmes

The English Council is steadfast in its intent to hone the English Language skills of its learners (including ESL and EFL learners or those pursuing TOEFL or IELTS) from all walks of life through conducting programmes that educate, engage and enlighten.

We offer real solutions to real needs. You need to learn the English Language and you need to learn it fast. You need to retain concepts through lessons, which are not a drag. You need programmes that excite, inspire and spur your interests.

All our programmes are holistically designed with those needs in mind. Each programme is developed to include robust, prolific and contemporary methods, so you learn in the speediest of manners, are able to apply your skills immediately in the real world and that true spirit for learning the English written and spoken word within you is awakened. We respect the process, but more importantly, we respect your needs.

There are four dynamic tracks to suit all the diverse needs of different learners.

ONLINE Teaching Track (LIVE Classroom)

ONLINE Teaching Track (LIVE Classroom)

We hear your concerns about safety and precautions in the face of the global spread of COVID-19. We hear your concerns that in the face of so much apprehension and uncertainty, one thing remains certain – the impending National Examinations. Modern problems require modern solutions, so we are moving some of our highly popular courses online.

The English Council’s LIVE Classroom is an online learning environment that allows for live interaction between our educators and learners as they participate in learning activities.

You will get the same experience without any real compromise. The only difference will be the absence of physical contact time. Our live online courses will be conducted so seamlessly and as prolifically, you will never feel the difference.

At The English Council, Teaching is a Work of Heart; we say what we mean and we mean what we say.

  • ONLINE LIVE Creative Writing Clinic (Primary 5 & 6)
  • ONLINE LIVE PSLE English Language Preparation
  • ONLINE LIVE GCE ‘O’ Level English Language Preparation
  • ONLINE LIVE GCE ‘A’ Level General Paper Preparation

Self Development Track for ESL/EFL Learners

Self Development Track for ESL/EFL Learners

The Self Development Track caters to the vital needs of ESL or EFL learners studying the English Language as a second or foreign language and who are keen on developing their productive and receptive skills. In addition, these learners have an interest in learning the English language as part of their personal and/or academic goals.

All our programmes focus on advancing the essential skill sets of learners through comprehensive sessions on grammar, reading, vocabulary, speaking, listening and writing.

  • Beginner English
  • Elementary English
  • Pre-Intermediate English
  • Intermediate English
  • Upper Intermediate English
  • Advanced English

Singapore National Examinations English Track

Singapore National Examinations English Track

Each programme in the Singapore National Examinations Track encompasses the holistic development and refinement of each learner’s critical-thinking skills and language mastery. The different programmes in this track are discerningly designed with the keen and precise intent at aiding learners to achieve their ultimate potential and creating a vital gateway for learners in their successive journey into the world of tertiary education. In addition, our curricula are concurrently aligned with MOE’s 21st Century Competencies framework, enabling our students to embody the Desired Outcomes of Education (DOE).

  • Creative Writing Clinic (Primary 5 & 6)
  • Young Learners’ Literature Circle (Primary 5 & 6)
  • PSLE English Language Preparation
  • GCE ‘O’ Level English Language Preparation
  • GCE ‘A’ Level General Paper Preparation

Pre-University Track for TOEFL & IELTS Learners

Pre-University Track for TOEFL & IELTS Learners

The Pre-University Track is designed for the knowing learner, who recognises the vital need to sharpen their productive writing skills, an essential component in both TOEFL & IELTS for the successful entry into a tertiary institution of their choice. Our highly structured programmes include pivotal steps and know-how tips to writing vastly effective and prolific expository essays.

  • TOEFL Ultimate Writing Clinic
  • IELTS Essential Writing Clinic

Functional (Business) English Track

Functional (Business) English Track

The function of the English Language is letting the English Language function. Our simple philosophy is the purposeful application of the English Language in the day to day life of our learners. This space is in its inception stage with numerous bite-sized programmes in the pipeline. We believe learning the English Language should not only excite and inspire learners, but also be functional and relevant to their needs. For a start, our Functional Programmes encompass business-related communication skills, essential to the success of learners aspiring to join the workforce or who aspire to climb up the corporate ladder.

  • Resume Writing
  • Report Writing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Professional Telephone Techniques
  • Business Writing Skills
  • Professional Service Language
  • Mastering Interview Techniques
  • Customised Corporate Programmes (please enquire within)

Current Promotions

PROMOTION 1

Modern problems require modern solutions. Here’s one from us. From now till the 7th of April 2020, we are gifting all first-time applicants of our ONLINE courses with a S$155 Voucher to help defray expenses.

Get your Coupon Code here: 

http://theenglishcouncil.com/get-155-off-online-english-courses/

PROMOTION 2

For a limited period, for every quarterly or long-term package that is registered, first-time applicants will enjoy not only lower monthly fees, but the first session will be absolutely FREE*! (*Terms & Conditions apply.)

Check out our English Language programmes here:

http://theenglishcouncil.com/shop/

Our Educators

Yvonne Anjelina
Irene Patricia
Yvonne Anjelina

Yvonne Anjelina

Principal English Language Specialist

 

Chief Castle-builder & Founder

Yvonne, one of the two big cheeses behind The English Council (based in Singapore), is an MOE-registered Teacher who has a Master of Education (English) co-awarded by the National Institute of Education (NIE) & Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as well as a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge, under her belt. In addition, she is an Associate Adult Educator with the Institute of Adult Learning (SUSS-IAL) as well as a Certified Industry Trainer/Curriculum Developer/Assessor (DACE & ACTA).

During her métier as a Corporate Educator, Yvonne had taught Service Excellence and Workplace Literacy (WPL) Programmes to adults to help hone their communication skills at work and in life. In case these are not noteworthy enough, Yvonne is also a Certified Etiquette Consultant and has authored and published two etiquette guidebooks, currently available in our libraries. Her passion for the English language spurred her to set up The English Council in hopes of not only enabling her learners to master the language and develop the same admiration for it, but ensuring that it is done so in a fun and engaging way.

Irene Patricia

Irene Patricia

Principal English Language Specialist

 

Chief Disruptor & Founder

Irene is an MOE-registered Teacher, who has been actively teaching the English Language for more than two decades to a heterogeneous league of learners from Singapore, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar and Malaysia. She intuitively understands the needs of diverse learners and encompasses an innate ability to simplify concepts, so almost anyone, young and not-so-young, can comprehend them. Irene’s passion and zest are undeniably infectious and instantly evident in her teaching style and pedagogy. Under her tutelage, most of her learners thrive in especially national examinations, attaining the highest possible grade. For two consecutive years, 2018 & 2019, a hundred percent of her learners attained distinctions for the General Paper in the GCE ‘A’ Level National Examinations.

Irene strives to continually reinvent herself and stay relevant in today’s ever-evolving education space. In 2016, she attained a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), awarded by University of Cambridge, placing her in the top 25 percent of her cohort in Singapore. Her recent endeavours include taking on a couple of programmes under Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications System (WSQ). In 2019, Irene completed her Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA v5) and in the first quarter of 2020, she most recently completed a Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE v2).

Her long-standing triumph is attaining ‘The Best in Absurd Laws in Singapore’ & ‘2nd Best in Absurd Laws in the World’ in September 2019 and earning the title of ‘Singapore Gum Chewer’ on QuizUp. She aspires to be the best in the world.

Testimonials

Ms Irene and Ms Yvonne are very kind and patient teachers. I presume that they have tonnes of experience because of how professional they are. Their performance was excellent. Thank you very much.

Desti Amalia – Oiltech Services Pte Ltd

Yvonne is perfect! She is thoughtful and gives useful vocabulary to students.

Irene is amazing! She is very friendly and understands the students. I enjoyed learning English with her.

Nicky – Katong Satay Supplies Pte Ltd

Teacher Irene is very wonderful. In her class, we have many opportunities to communicate with the other students. She always prepares fun and interesting games so that we can easily understand. Thanks so much!

Huang Yan Feng (Candy) – Yi Feng Rubber Pte. Ltd.

Ms Irene and Ms Yvonne are kind and have patience when teaching.

Jin Yinglan – NTUC Fairprice

Both the teachers are very professional and friendly.

Ling Yi Qin – NTUC Fairprice

I learned good English pronunciation from Ms Irene.

Ms Yvonne is not difficult to understand. She is very kind and speaks clearly and I have learnt a lot of words from her.

Takashi – Yokogawa

Friendly & Professional

Ng Boey (May) – NTUC Fairprice

Ms Yvonne is kind to teach us and waits for our reply. Her smile is very good!

Ms Irene has a lot of ideas when teaching English.

Yama – Yokogawa

Get LIT!

Get LIT! is a members only learning circle within The English Council for learners to get enlightened, get creative, get connected and get an edge as they discover the English Language through both work and play. 

The learning circle enables our EFL & ESL learners to naturally immerse themselves in the English Language through partaking in interesting activities and workshops such as Wine Tasting, Cooking, Art & Drama workshops, Retreats and the list goes on. Our world is your Classroom. You will do this with other like-minded EFL and ESL learners, enabling you to make new friends as you do so and learn a particular skill or two while you are at it. 

As we run each Get LIT! programme on a quarterly basis, do stay tuned to find out when and where our next Get LIT! experience will take us to. Or you could register your interest HERE so that we may keep you posted instead.

Referral Programme

Bring a friend and we’ll give you S$25 hard cash, when they sign up with us*. Bring a few more pals and we’ll keep lining your pockets. All that love needs a reward.

 

Check out our Referral Programme below.

1-3 referrals: S$25 hard cash for each referral

4-6 referrals: S$45 hard cash for each referral

7 referrals and above: S$65 hard cash for each referral

 

*Each referred learner must sign up and complete at least a month-long programme before we fatten your pockets.

Corporate Social Responsibility

We believe in giving back.

10% of all The English Council’s proceeds will go back to the community and beyond in some way, shape or form, especially concessionary or fully sponsored course fees for disadvantaged or underserved learners*, working with meaningful platforms and organisations, or the like.

Feel free to join us in our efforts in giving back to our community and beyond in any way you can think of by writing to us. Whether it is in the form of bringing to our attention a situation with a special need, offering to give us your time and expertise or simply sharing an idea, no suggestion is too small or inconsequential. We would love hearing from you.

At The English Council, Teaching is a Work of Heart; we say what we mean and we mean what we say.

*Eligible learners will be selected at the sole discretion of The English Council Pte. Ltd.

SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS

In view of the global spread of COVID-19, every effort will be taken during the conduct of all our programmes to ensure the safety of all our learners through prior mandatory travel declarations and temperature checks of all parties before each and every traditional classroom session.

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Let’s Get in Touch!

Or if you prefer, you could also contact us via:

Email: atyourservice@theenglishcouncil.com

Contact No.: +65 9633 6637

TEC’s Website Disclaimer

The writers of this site did all of its creative writing with the intention of creating awareness of The English Council’s (TEC’s) programmes. Some bits may have been expressed in a tongue-in-cheek manner for the purposes of informing learners of TEC’s line-up of programmes as well as engaging and entertaining TEC’s traffic.

Should any of this site’s content offend you in any way, shape or form, you may reach out to TEC and they will be open to reviewing your feedback. They might even throw in a free English Language session. We are just guessing; we could be way off.

No letters, fonts, words, characters or punctuation marks were harmed during the creative writing process of this site. 

Oh, and by the way, this website is best viewed on a desktop/laptop. 

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