Our Philosophy

A Student-Centered Approach to Teaching English Language
  • We believe that initial teaching should begin with the learner’s existing knowledge and then develop further.

    Who is guiding the Teaching Methodology at The Language Learner?

    • Dr. Sepalika obtained the Doctor of Education from the University of Durham UK and the Master of Education from the University of Sheffield UK.
    • She had done extensive research on Language Teaching Methodology and Beginning Reading & Writing Instruction for both Children and Adults.
    • She is also a writer.
    • The books written by her are based on Phonics and Sight Word Approaches to Reading and Writing. Her books are published and distributed all over by Marshall Cavendish under the name of Sepalika Gamini.
    • Her main specialities both in the Doctorate and the Master of Education include study of Language & Literacy and Child Development.
  • Dr Sepalika is the Director of the Language Learner. She was a registered lecturer with the Ministry of Education (MOE) & the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Singapore

  • Our philosophy at the Language Learner is to facilitate individualised learning.

    We assist students in creating achievable learning goals that are consistent. Then, help to develop their existing knowledge to a higher level to acquire their future aspirations.

  • What is the Philosophy behind our Teaching?

    • Individualised teaching methodology is our philosophy
    • Our small, friendly groups are arranged according to each student's ability
    • Individualised teaching sessions initiate independence

    We follow the Singapore English Language school syllabus approved by the MOE. We continually revise and update our syllabus to keep abreast of new guidelines set by the MOE.

    • Duration of our classes: Once a week for Two Hours
    • Low Teacher-Child Ratio: 3:12 (Three teachers for 12 students)
    • English Enrichment for 5 to 6 years old (Kindergarten 1 & 2)
    • English Enrichment for 7 to 8 years old (Primary 1 to 2)
    • English Enrichment for 9 to 10 years old (Primary 3 to 4)
    • English Enrichment for 11 to 12 years old (Primary 5 to 6 - PSLE)
    • English Enrichment for 13 years old (Secondary 1)
    • English Enrichment for 14 years old (Secondary 2)
    • English Enrichment for 15 years old (Secondary 3)
    • English Enrichment for 16 years old (Secondary 4)
    • Creative Writing for Level 1: Beginner (Ages 5 to 6)
    • Creative Writing for Level 2: Intermediate (Ages 7 to 12)
    • Creative Writing for Level 3: Advanced (Ages 13 to 18)
    • Adult English Enrichment Level 1 to 4
  • According to Information Processing Theory when what is being taught is relevant to the student, he or she is more likely to retain information and participate effortlessly in the learning experience.

  • What is meant by Student-Centered Learning?

    • Our student-centered small group sessions help the teacher to have a clear understanding of the ability of each learner
    • The learner is focused in what is being taught to develop further knowledge
    • Directing and assisting through individualised teaching is the key behind successful learning
    • Teachers in our class room act as "facilitators"
    • Student-centered learning allows students to work in ways that complement their various learning styles
    • As the student's confidence heightens in a student-centered atmosphere self-esteem and emotional expressions are encouraged

  • The Student-Centered learning approach at the Language Learner is based on the principals of key educational researchers as well as childhood theorists including John Dewey, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky. According to them learning requires the active, constructive involvement of the learner.

    As Howard Gardner proved through his research, children learn in many different ways, and no one method is suited for all. So we believe in individualised teaching.

  • How do we facilitate one to one sessions in a classroom situation?

    • We value student interactions with the teacher
    • We do not embrace large groups to one teacher approach
    • Low Teacher-Child Ratio: 1:4 (There are three teachers in the classroom at all times)