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Certificate programmes in English language

MAGES is now offering 5 Certification Programs in the English language. These programs are designed to develop the English language skills of students in order for them to progress into mainstream academic courses. The aim is to ensure students become proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language, allowing them to broaden their academic opportunities and communicate confidently with their colleagues and lecturers.

Course Details

Awarded By : MAGES Institute of Excellence
Duration : The Certificate in English Communication programme has the duration as under:
Full Time – 3 months Part Time – 5 months
Each of the other certification programmes have the following duration:
Full Time – 2 months Part Time – 4 months
Programme Layout : Full Time – 5 days a week and 3 hours a day
Part Time – 3 days a week and 3 hours a day
Note : International Students can only opt for Full Time Programmes
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PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Certificate in English – Pre-Intermediate level prepares students to communicate sentences relating to real-life situations – such as daily activities and personal experiences. The focus is on listening and speaking to communicate confidently in day-to-day social interactions. They should be able to introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as personal preferences, where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.

    The Certificate in English – Pre-Intermediate level is a multilayered topic-based syllabus which includes thorough and comprehensive work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The level gives emphasis to:

    • Conversation in English
    • Accurate understanding and pronunciation
    • The use of phrases and collocations
    • Active learning and research skills
    • Basic essay writing

    The Learning Objective of the course is to prepare students prepare with Basic English for simple communication.

    By the end of this level students should be able to:

    • Make basic conversation in English confidently
    • Exchange personal and non-personal information
    • Carry out certain transactions – buying tickets, ordering food, arranging for accommodation etc.
    • Write and understand simple written text using a range of grammar and vocabulary.
  • The Certificate in English – Intermediate level is for students who need to understand and speaking and writing - information, ideas, feelings, opinions and common phrases about everyday situations in straightforward spoken and written language. It prepares students to understand a higher level of vocabulary and introduces them to more complex grammar. By the end of this level our students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance.

    The Certificate in English – Intermediate level is a multilayered topic-based syllabus that includes thorough and comprehensive work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The level gives emphasis to:

    • Full Conversations in English
    • Accurate intonations and pronunciation
    • Higher level of vocabulary
    • More complex varieties of grammar
    • Active learning and research skills
    • Writing with relevance to the workplace

    The Learning Objective of the course is to prepare students to speak in English with confidence.

    By the end of this level students should be able to:

    • Participate in routine conversations
    • Write & understand simple written text
    • Make notes & understand the general meaning of lectures, meetings and TV programs etc.
    • Extract basic information from a given written document
  • The Certificate in English – Upper-Intermediate level is for students who use or will use English for their educational or working life.  At the end of this level students should be able to understand familiar matters regularly encountered in work, college, etc. Students should also be able to deal with most situations likely to arise while living in an area where the English language is spoken.  In addition, students should also be able to produce grammatically accurate and complex sentences in connected texts and essays on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

    The Certificate in English – Upper Intermediate level is a multilayered topic-based syllabus which includes thorough and comprehensive work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The level gives emphasis to:

    • Higher complexity of conversation in English
    • Accurate intonations and pronunciation
    • Greater fluency in complex grammar usage
    • Higher level of vocabulary expanding their ability to express
    • Reporting and Analyzing
    • Active learning and research skills

    The Learning Objective of the course is to prepare students to articulate his thoughts and communicate effectively in English.

    By the end of this level students should be able to:

    • Participate in extended conversations
    • Write & understand most text, including simple essays
    • Understand most of a TV programme, presentation or lecture, but not technical or theoretical information
  • The Certificate in English – Advanced level is for students who use or will use English on a regular basis and who wish to improve their fluency and accuracy as well as extending their vocabulary to include more specialized English related to their own areas of interest. By the end of this level students should be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of interest.

    The Certificate in English – Advanced level is a multilayered topic-based syllabus which includes thorough and comprehensive work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. The level gives emphasis to:

    • Higher complexity of conversation in English
    • Accurate intonations and pronunciation
    • Greater fluency in complex grammar usage
    • Higher level of vocabulary extending to technical terms
    • Focus on exchanging information and instructions accurately
    • Reporting and Analyzing
    • Adding context, accuracy and timeliness to all communication

    The Learning Objective of the course is to prepare students to articulate his thoughts and communicate effectively in English.

    Students should also be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible and easy for either party.

    By the end of this level students should be able to:

    • Participate in lengthy conversations & detailed discussions
    • Use verbal and written English confidently in a range of personal, academic and professional scenarios
    • Produce clear detailed text on a wide range of subjects – explain a viewpoint and weigh various opinions
    • Understand TV, plays, films, lectures and presentations
  • “The first impression is the best impression” is an oft heard statement. The elements that works toward the best impression the first time are – clear communication and confident self- presentation. For a fresh entrant aspiring to enter into the new generation workforce, these two elements therefore become critical to create that first impression.

    A good understanding of the English language enables clear communication. Understanding the finer nuances of situations enables the student towards confident self-presentation.

    This course prepares students who are not native speakers of English to communicate in English, in everyday situations and prepare them for a tertiary education conducted in English. Students are taught listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, with emphasis on Speaking.

    Basic Level

    This will enable the participants to produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest, without expertise of speaking or writing long passages. After completing the Basic Level, students will be able to:

    • Speak in simple conversations during routine social situations about current events, work, family, friends, with the aim of exchanging personal information, asking and giving directions, and engaging in social activities like eating out or watching a movie.
    • Listen to and understand someone speaking slowly in routine social interactions and when conducting simple business transactions either in person or on the telephone.
    • Read and understand non-technical English commonly encountered in everyday social and business environments, such as menus, road signs, maps, advertisements, signs on buildings, bus routes or schedules, travel guides, and magazine articles.
    • Write a response on a given topic using simple sentences in the past, present, and future tenses, a letter or email requesting information from a company, and a letter describing a vacation to a friend.

    Intermediate Level

    This includes Advanced Grammar, Speaking, and Listening, Vocabulary, Reading comprehension and Basic writing skills. After completing the intermediate level, students will be able to:

    • Speak in formal and informal conversations about personal interests, practical, social, and professional topics, and specialized fields of knowledge as well as give prepared and impromptu speeches.
    • Listen to and understand audio recordings, news broadcasts, and someone speaking normally in formal and informal interactions and when conducting business transactions either in person or on the telephone.
    • Read and understand non-technical and some technical English commonly encountered in formal and informal social and business environments, such as menus, road signs, maps, advertisements, travel guides, magazine articles, newspaper articles, memos, and instruction manuals.
    • Write a multi-paragraph response on an assigned or chosen topic using the past, present, and future tenses, a letter or e-mail to request information, complain or compliment a business, and a letter or editorial stating and defending an opinion.

Methods of Assessment

Each module will be assessed through a combination of assignment, progression test, attendance and project work.

  • Entry Requirements

    Intake Consideration

    General Interest

    Applicants should have a passion for learning the English Language and be willing to immerse themselves thoroughly in the learning process.

    Age

    16 Years Old (based on Date of Birth)

    Academic Qualification

    Applicant must have studied and passed English at the primary level in school. A counselling session with the Academic Manager may also be arranged before an applicant enrolls into any of these 4 certificate programmes to assess their English language proficiency and the level of certification they can enroll into on a case to case basis.

  • The Award

    Students who successfully complete any of these programmes will be awarded with a Certificate by MAGES Institute of Excellence based on which certification they studied for:

    • Certificate in English Language – Pre-Intermediate
    • Certificate in English Language – Intermediate
    • Certificate in English Language – Upper-Intermediate
    • Certificate in English Language – Advanced
    • Certificate in English Communication
  • Course Intake

    For more details on Course Start Dates and End Dates, please contact our Programme Consultant at +65-65926733 or email to [email protected].

    Note: All information is accurate at time of upload. MAGES Institute of Excellence reserves the right to make adjustments based on changes in schedules.