Cambridge CELTA, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
I am a native speaker and full-time tutor specialising in teaching English as a first and second language. I am certified by the University of Cambridge (CELTA), and I have a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of the West of England, UK. I have worked with many young learners and adults from all around the world: Korea, China, Japan, Netherlands, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Syria and Somalia. I am currently working with the following groups of learners: private and international school students sitting for the IGCSE/Cambridge Checkpoint exams; working professionals and adults looking to improve their English for general and/or work-related purposes; university students and PhD candidates; young learners with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and ADHD (I have a certificate recognised by the University of London/Dyslexia International that allows me to be effective in helping these learners); and IELTS and MUET candidates.
At the start, I provide all my students with a language analysis that identifies gaps in language learning as well as areas for improvement. Each student's needs will then be addressed according to their goals and the language requirements of their surroundings (eg school, exam, workplace, etc). At the same time, a personalised study plan is provided, allowing students to track their progress and work on the things that are most important to them. I aim to make language learning a fun and enjoyable process by tailoring each lesson to suit a student's needs, background and interests. I believe in teaching English in a way that is practical and immediately relevant to a person's surroundings (eg school, workplace, home, etc) so that they can use and practice language outside of the classroom.
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JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Johor has stepped up in accommodating the demand for private or international education in the state and there is no need for Malaysian children to cross into Singapore daily for the purpose.
State Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said while parents were free to enrol their children in the school of their choice, it was not necessary for them to cross the border for it.
"Johor has more than enough public, private or international schools that offer quality education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
"We have a total of 16 international schools offering primary and secondary education throughout the state, most of which are located in the Iskandar Malaysia region," he said in an interview.
Parents, he said, can pick from a wide range of international syllabus options for their children.
"After the primary and secondary levels, students can opt to pursue their tertiary education at one of the nine top-notched institutions at EduCity, located in the heart of Iskandar Malaysia," he said.
The thriving education hub offers a wide range of courses in various fields, from medicine to information, communication and technology, he added.
Among the learning institutions are University of Reading Malaysia, Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia, Netherlands Maritime Institute of Technology, Raffles University Iskandar and University of Southampton Malaysia Campus.
Others are Marlborough College Malaysia, Management Development Institute of Singapore, Multimedia University and Raffles American School.
Austin Heights Education Sdn Bhd development director Chong Khai Siang said the number of students going to Singapore to study has declined, mainly because of the unfavourable currency factor.
He said the weak ringgit made it less affordable for parents to send their children to attend school in the Republic as the education levy for foreign students are revised once every two years.
"Another one of the parents' concerns is that their children tend to seek employment in Singapore and live there after finishing their studies," he said.
Chong said about 65 per cent of the students were locals (out of the some 970 students) enrolled at Austin Heights Private and International School, Mount Austin, here - the largest international school in town.
"We also have a small number of Singaporeans who study at our school as they could not enrol in international schools on the island," he said, adding that the school has students of 27 nationalities.
He said the international school offered full-fledged preschool syllabus to secondary school International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum recognised by the University of Cambridge.