There are numerous English language courses available in Singapore that can meet the learners’ personal needs; and in Singapore, there are many excellent opportunities for you to learn English – schools all across Singapore offer a variety of language courses to suite your personal needs. In order to learn English in Singapore, you have to make a commitment to attend an English language course.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an employee, a school student or a housewife, you can still learn English in a way that is appropriate for your needs. Below are the most common types of English language courses that are available in Singapore:

1. Full-time English Language Courses

Full- time English Language courses are designed for those learners who have the time and commitment to attend at least three hours a day, five days a week. These full time English classes will enable learners to optimize their English learning potential, and maximize their opportunity to practice English in a comfortable, teacher supported classroom environment. Learners would take a full time English language course because they wish to advance in academic or professional pursuits in Singapore.

Normally in full-term courses, classes are held Monday to Friday each week; and students have the opportunity to choose between 24 and 34 hours per week, according to their specific needs and situation.

English language schools appropriate these hours according to their pedagogy criteria; for example, some English language schools reserve 5 hours per day for group studies whereas other English language schools contribute 5 hours for group discussions, with 1 and a half hours for private practice.

2. Part-time English Language Courses

Most of Singapore’s population are employed and studying concurrently. As a result, they do not have the time and option to study full time at an English language school. The goal of part-time English language courses is to allow the language learners to master the English language in accordance with their employment. Part-time English language courses can be long term, but they are the perfect alternative for busy people.

Generally, there are daily or frequent weekly sessions in part-time English language courses; each lesson can last up to 2 hours. This depends upon the teaching policy of specific English language school — how many lessons or hours they’ve designated each day for part-time English language courses.

3. Private / One to One English Language Courses

Private or One to One English language courses will work with those learners who wish to learn the English language in Singapore without other students. Private or individual English language courses are designed with the individual English learner in mind – you will learn the English language based on your individual learning requirements.

These Private or One to One English Language courses are also perfect for full–time employees who prefer flexibility due to their job demands. Business people are typical English learners who will study English in Singapore through a Private or One to One English course. In these courses, you have the opportunity to choose your own focus and study, and the hours are set according to how much time you have to learn English in Singapore.

4. Corporate / Business English Language Courses

Most of the prominent English language schools provide English learning in Singapore to learners or clients at a corporate level. These courses are designed with specific Business English purposes – learning English for the purpose of conducting business in Singapore in English. Again, these courses may be full time or part time, or even private or one to one.

Corporate or Business English language courses provide individual tuition or closed group lessons, using a variety of technical and business–based topics. Normally, the Corporate or Business English language course covers 20-hours of study with 1 ½ to 2 hours of English classroom study. In each group, learner numbers can range from 5 to 13 students.

Most Corporate or Business English language courses are most often held in the English language school; however, in some cases, Corporate or Business English lessons can be conducted at the learners’ place of Employment.

5. English Language Holiday Study Courses

English Language Holiday Study Courses are generally short and intensive English Language courses that are designed for Primary and Secondary school students. English Holiday Courses will have students who are on their regular school break to attend an English Language school in Singapore. It allows students to get extra study and practice with the English language amidst the cultural background of Singapore. Most English Language Holiday Study Courses offered in Singapore will provide the English language learner with 2 to 5 lessons each week, to study and practice English. The benefit of taking an English Language Holiday Study Course is that it allows the learner to learn English in Singapore; and in doing so, learn about this great city state. Homestay or alternative accommodations will be arranged through the school, and often students studying an English Language Holiday Study Course will have a chance to sightsee the wonderful places that make Singapore unique, and make learning English in Singapore a pleasure.

No matter what your specific needs are, there are many ways to learn and study English in Singapore. The first step is to know what your personal needs are. Then you can consider what the options to learn English in Singapore are best for you – from there, you search for and find the English language school that’s best for you.

Michael Bunyak

English Teacher at Canadian Education College, Singapore