Are you trying to find out where to learn English in Singapore, for yourself or someone else? This article is meant to provide a starting point.
There isn’t really one best place to learn English in Singapore. It depends on your situation and what you want to achieve.
Below are a few questions to ask yourself. Depending on the answer, I will have recommendations for you, which you can use when going through the English directory on Yago, which has a ton of options to choose from: http://yago.sg/directory/english.
Many people I speak to who ask me about English courses, are asking for a relative, friend or foreign spouse. But to keep things simple, I’ll use “You” to refer to the student in this article.
Do you have time to learn full-time?
If you really know very little English, a full-time English course is a good option. That can build a foundation and bring quick progress.
Also, it may be useful to know that only full-time courses where you take lessons every day will allow the learner to apply for a student pass.
What is your goal?
If you only have a basic level to start with, there are many part-time English courses to choose from. But it becomes more complicated when you already speak English quite well and want to learn specific things, such as:
- Presentation skills
- Business English
- Academic English
- Prepare for the IELTS test
As what you need to learn becomes more specific, it becomes more difficult to find a matching course. Even if you find a course that is called “business English”, you have to ask yourself whether the people in the class have the same level as you.
Some schools may be too eager to sign you up. If they ask you to complete a level assessment test, that’s a good sign of them trying to place you with people who are close to your level.
Prefer individual coaching?
Many languages schools also offer one-to-one English lessons from a private tutor. If you work through a language school, you’ll have the advantage of easy replacement of the teacher in case your schedules don’t match or the teacher decides a change in career. This comes at a cost though: higher hourly fees.
Language schools offering one-to-one: School of Language International, English Express. This tends to be fairly expensive. Schools take a margin for management. In return, they’ll make sure you always have a teacher, even if your teacher falls sick.
Direct teacher matching
A more affordable option would be TUTOROO, which matches native English speakers with learners directly on WhatsApp. Send them a message, and they will suggest a reliable tutor who can meet you at your preferred place and time. You can have a WhatsApp conversation before deciding on a trial lesson.
Learn in the morning?
The majority of English learners prefer to have lessons in the evening or in the weekends. And that’s what most English language schools tend to cater to.
But there is a consistent group who prefer the opposite and only have time in the daytime.
So you’ll be frustrated if you go around asking all schools for morning classes.
But there is one school which only has classes in the daytime – from once a week to every working day. Is this what you’re looking for? Check out Manhattan English Language Studio.
Are you a Singaporean or PR?
Then you should not miss out on highly subsidized courses under the Workplace English and Mathematics program (WSQ) from the WDA. Usually, you only have to pay 10% of the course fee.
This is a very popular program and there are courses all over the island.
How to get started?
- Call one of the training centres that provide this program (see below);
- They will schedule a placement test to find out your level.
- After the result is out, the training will tell you your class schedule.
These are the training centres where the subsidy applies:
(The links are up to date as of writing, but these things can change fast. If you have any trouble with the links, post a comment and I will check and update the link)
Looking for an English course for your child?
There’s certainly no lack of English courses for kids in Singapore. If you are looking for a private English tutor, you can go through a tuition agency. For classes, I have listed a number of the main schools that specialise in English.
Private English tuition: TUTOROO
If you were wondering where to learn English in Singapore, you now know that there are many options, depending on your situation (or the situation of the person who needs to learn English). In this post, I’ve tried to give you a starting point for finding the right course.
Information changes, and maybe I haven’t answered the question you had in mind. If that’s the case, please add a comment and I will try to find the answer to your question and add it to the article.
Best of luck!