Certificate in International English

Introduction

Certificate in International English caters to students who do not have English as their first language, and would like to improve their written and spoken command of the language. If you have been educated in a system where English was taught as a second or foreign language, with perhaps two or three hours of English lessons a week, this course is for you. It will also suit students who have learned English as a first language in an education system in which English was the medium of instruction, but still find difficulty in expressing themselves in speech and writing.

The Certificate in International English course is conducted at three levels - elementary, intermediate and advanced. At each level, we will work on the four language skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing. We will discuss the common grammatical structures that are used in spoken and written English, and the progression from sentence to paragraph to text in written English. You will learn how to use English in the different kinds of communicative situations you are likely to find yourself in. You will gain the skills and confidence needed to use English in every aspect of your life, at work and in social situations.

Course Structure

The course consists of three different levels - Elementary, Intermediate & Advanced.

Elementary
The written part of the course covers basic English grammar. You will also write short essays. In the spoken part of the course, you will learn how to use English in common situations, such as greetings, asking for and giving information, and conducting telephone conversations. Language games and other learning activities are used to reinforce learning and encourage participation.

Intermediate
The written component consists of a revision of basic grammar and introduces more complex structures. At this stage, writing skills are emphasised. Exercises are set to help you understand the different aspects of written English, in addition to comprehension passages and essays. The spoken component continues its emphasis on how English is used in real life, this time in more involved communicative situations. You will learn to express your opinions and state arguments clearly, and these skills will be tested in class discussions and debates. Other learning activities are used as appropriate.

Advanced
The teaching of complex grammatical structures continues at this level. Newspaper and magazine articles are used as texts to encourage mature thinking in English. Higher-level reasoning skills are the focus of the spoken component of the course. Students will engage in class discussions, and make individual speeches on topical issues.

NYU Language School Curriculum Objectives

Proficiency in Oral Language
Develop effective speaking skills for academic and social purposes including conversations, classroom discussions, short talks, formal discourse and oral presentations.

Proficiency in Listening Comprehension
Be able to listen to and understand the details in various listening contexts.

Proficiency in Reading (including Reading in the Content Areas)
Be able to apply appropriate techniques to read and analyze level texts.

Proficiency in Writing
Demonstrate competence in managing the writing process and producing effective written products.

Proficiency in Social and Cultural Adaptation
In addition to the objectives described above, the underlying objective of the courses is the nurturing of self-pride and self-identity in each pupil’s linguistic and cultural heritage.

Learning Outcome

Elementary

  • understand and respond to simple questions about yourself and your life;
  • understand simple conversations; understand English spoken by native speakers at slower than normal speed;
  • read and understand simple articles and public notices speak clearly but slowly so that others can understand and ask for help and direction;
  • write simple instructions or messages with few errors in grammar.

Intermediate

  • talk easily with others in common social situations;
  • speak clear enough to be easily understood by others;
  • exchange opinions with others and express own views;
  • read and understand the main points of authentic written materials;
  • summarise texts using English that is easily understood by others;
  • write in simple correct English in a variety of formats;
  • understand and use simple English with confidence.

Advanced

  • discuss a wide range of topics fluently and with increasing accuracy;
  • express clearly feelings and opinions and support those opinions with persuasive arguments;
  • speak clearly and naturally in a confident manner;
  • understand English spoken at normal speed by native and non-native speakers without needing to ask for clarification;
  • understand main points in English texts

Delivery Mode

Classroom learning, lessons to be conducted at NYU Language School.

Teachers

All our teachers are registered with the Committee for Private Education (CPE). Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG).

Prerequisites

Elementary - You should be able to speak and understand simple English.

Intermediate - Certificate in International English at elementary level.

Advanced - Certificate in International English at intermediate level.

If you do not fulfil these prerequisites, you may enter the course through a placement test.

Assessment and Examination

A test is conducted every 6 weeks, culminating in the final course examination. Your teacher will write a detailed course report, which will include your grades in listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as an evaluation of your progress in the class.


ITEM PERCENTAGE
MID-TERM TEST 20%
FINAL TERM TEST 40%
ASSIGNMENTS 30%
CLASS PARTICIPATION 10%
TOTAL 100%

Award

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an in-house certificate within 21 days from the last day of the course.

Certificate in International English (Elementary)

Certificate in International English (Intermediate)

Certificate in International English (Advanced)

Awarded by NYU Language School


Your performance grading will be as follows:
GRADES MARKS
DISTINCTION 80 - 100
CREDIT 65 - 79
PASS 50 - 64
FAIL 0 - 49
ABSENT ABSENT

Course Schedule and Fees

Details of course schedules and school fees are on our Course Schedule and School Fees page.