Our Level Zero B is for beginner students who already possess a working understanding of English. It is designed to strengthen their core language competencies across fundamental aspects. These include grammar, vocabulary, reading with clear understanding, writing at an increasingly formalised level, and speaking purposefully. The learning approach towards L0 centres around the belief that active participation breeds true learning. Our curriculum therefore aims to be dynamic, interactive, and evaluative.
Advanced Primary 1
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Vocabulary: Endow students with increasingly formal vocabulary to enable them to read and understand texts. Enable students to construct purposeful texts and narratives.
Vocabulary Cloze: Strengthening the students’ vocabulary range and precision by identifying the correct word to complete a sentence or passage.
Word Bank: Providing a list of potential vocabulary words for practice exercises.
Synonym-Definition Matching: Associating words with their meanings or similar words.
Real-life Application: Encouraging usage of new vocabulary in conversations and story writing.
Grammar: Introduce formal grammatical elements and their usage, including parts of speech, sentence syntax, conjunctions and prepositions.
Subject-Verb Agreement: Activities that ensure the alignment between the subject and its verb.
Rule-based Learning: Teaching foundational rules for subject-verb agreement.
Subject Identification: Identifying subjects in complex sentences to match with the correct word form.
Grammar Cloze: Tailored exercises to enhance students’ grammatical accuracy by filling in missing words in sentences.
Contextual clues: Teaching students to use surrounding text to infer the missing grammatical element.
Pattern Recognition: Encouraging identification of recurring grammatical patterns.
Reading Comprehension: Introduce students to scaffolded texts at a beginner level.
Interactive Reading: Engaging students by reading passages aloud, followed by discussions to gauge understanding.
Question Techniques: Varying question formats (MCQ, open-ended, fact-based, inferential, true-false).
Multimodal Texts: Read multimodal texts with graphics and other visual media with understanding and accurate insight.
Visualisation: Encouraging students to create mental images based on the text to enhance understanding.
Orals: Boosting spoken English proficiency through interactive sessions that test articulation, clarity, and confidence.
Structured guide: Providing a structure to students as a guide on how to answer oral stimulus-based questions — the PEEL structure.
Modelling: Demonstrating the appropriate volume, clear articulation, and effective pacing for students to emulate.
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Scaffolded Writing: Construct grammatical and meaningful texts of varying lengths that accurately express the student’s authentic and desired connotations.
Word Order & Synthesis: Activities aimed at arranging words to form coherent and grammatically correct sentences.
Error Spotting: Identifying and correcting jumbled word orders in given sentences.
Joining Practice: Merging two shorter sentences into a coherent longer one using appropriate connectors.
Open-ended Discussions: These serve to encourage students to articulate thoughts, fostering confidence in expressing themselves.
Multimodal Stimuli: We develop a wide range of multimodal texts to engage all aspects of language and build true literacy.
Activity-Based Pedagogy: Each lesson is designed as a highly productive workshop.
Immersive Environment: Lessons create an immersive and constantly responsive language environment that accelerates the development of literacy in English.
Structured, Quantifiable Activities: Integral to gauge progress, reinforce concepts, and ensure consistent growth.
Rapid Formalisation: Pedagogy is engineered to ensure that formalisation of skills takes place rapidly, so students can progress to the next level.
Composition Writing: Guided exercises that help students express their thoughts, stories, and ideas in structured written formats.
Brainstorming Sessions: Encouraging students to generate ideas before writing.
Structured Outlines: Providing frameworks to guide the flow of writing.