Certificate of Proficiency in English

Language is central to students’ intellectual, social and emotional development and has an essential role in all key learning areas. The learning experiences provided in this Certificate of Proficiency in English Course will assist students to become competent in using the language effectively in a range of contexts. Competence in English will enable students to learn about the role of the language in their own lives and in their own and other cultures. They will then be able to communicate their thoughts and feelings, to participate in society, to make decisions about personal and social issues, to analyze information and viewpoints, to use their imagination and to think on the meaning made with language.

English is one of the preferred languages among people all over the world and has been adopted as a Second Language (ESL) or Foreign Language (EFL) by some of the countries in the world e.g. Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and China.

Course Duration

Full time: 12 months (3-hour lessons/day, 5 days/week)
Part time: 18 months (3-hour lessons/day, 3 days/week)

Course Structure

There are a total of 1 module to be completed and passed for the award of the Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Course Module and Synopsis

This course provides students who have a particular interest and ability in the subject with challenging learning experiences and opportunities to enjoy the breath and variety of English text through the integration of the modes of reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and representing.

Module: English

Topics as follow:

Lifestyle

  • People & Places
  • You & Yours
  • Everyday Life
  • Loves and Hates
  • Getting from A to B

Personal Behaviour

  • Eating and Drinking
  • Extraordinary Lives
  • Fact or Fiction
  • Buying & Selling
  • Street Life

Leisure

  • The World Around Us
  • A Weekend Away
  • Learning for the Future
  • Keeping in Touch
  • Going Place

Course Learning Objectives

CSM Academy’s rationale for the proposed Certificate of Proficiency in English course is to cater for the increasing numbers of non-native speakers of English from some of the regional countries namely People’s Republic of China, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of India, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Socialist Republic of Vietnam coming to Singapore to pursue their education and employment.

The course focuses on both spoken and written English and provides a comprehensive description of how the language works and an opportunity to enhance students’ communication skills – reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary, to make them able to communicate confidently and appropriately with people from all walks of life.

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge, understanding and application as follows:

Lifestyle

  • Focus on learning essential language skills of written and spoken English;
  • Improve the four language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing to enable students to access, process and present information in English;
  • Provide well-structured speaking tasks for effective and meaningful practice, develop listening and reading skills, and help ameliorate students’ writing skills;
  • Demonstrate correct usage of the tenses of verbs;
  • Gain further grasps of basic study skills; and
  • Use various strategies for vocabulary learning.

Personal Behaviour

  • Recognize and use present, past simple & continuous; present and past perfect tenses;
  • Learn to use the comparative and superlative degree of adjectives, modals, clauses, active & passive sentences;
  • Increase vocabulary through the use of context clues as well as knowledge of word parts;
  • Listen and comprehend selected passages or texts;
  • Discuss and relate ideas from any sources of information given;
  • Write e-mails, curriculum vitaes, learn to book a flight and answer a formal telephone call;
  • Observe correct punctuation in all writing tasks; and
  • Gain more confidence in expressing ideas and opinions.

Leisure

  • Study at advanced level and be able to use continuous verb forms, perfect verb forms, adjectives and adverbs, passive forms, noun phrases, infinitive and -ing forms;
  • Enhance students’ spoken and written skills and correct usage and grammatical items in context;
  • Identify and perform general types of writing tasks (descriptive, expository, giving details, etc.);
  • Write formal letters and design forms, questionnaires to gather information through group work and brainstorming; and
  • Read various types of texts and respond to set tasks.

Delivery Mode

The course is delivered face-to-face, in classroom mode.

Course Commencement

January, April, July and October

Assessment Methodology

Assessments/Exams are conducted after every module.

Assignments, assessment tasks.

Note:
In case students fail the main examination of a particular topic, they are allowed to sit for ‘One’ supplement assessment with payment of the appropriate fee*. Students are to re-take the module, shall they fail the supplementary assessment. Modules are independent of each other.
* Refer to Miscellaneous Fees

Graduation Requirements and Awards

Students must complete and pass the module to be awarded the Certificate of Proficiency in English will be conferred by the CSM Academy International.
Local students must achieve an attendance of 75% and international students must achieve an attendance of 90% in any month of the course.

Entry Requirement

Obtained at least C6 at PSLE levels in any 3 subjects or equivalent

English Requirement

At least a C6 at PSLE English or equivalent

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

International student: S$600 (before GST)
Local student: S$50 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

For local students: S$2,900 per topic, totalling S$8,700 (before GST)
For International students: S$3,200 per topic, totalling S$9,600 (before GST)

Insurance Fees

  • Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate
  • Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees.
****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.

Note:

  • Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars.
  • Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer

Local students

Step 1 – Fill up the following online forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd

Step 2 – Attached the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photograph with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity for foreigners with valid pass) / NRIC (For Singaporean / PRs)
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • A copy of resume
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post.

Step 5: Payment of Programme Fees
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment.

International Students

Step 1 – Fill up the following forms:

  • Application Form – CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
  • ICA Form 16 and Form V36 (complete in English and duly signed by applicant)

Step 2 – Attach the following documents:

  • A copy of passport-size photographs with white background
  • A copy of passport (must have at least 1 year validity)
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Notarised/Certified true copies of all your educational transcripts and completion certificates
  • Proof of English Proficiency; either IELTS/TOEFL score sheet or equivalent qualification (if applicable)
  • Resume or Letter from employer certifying period of employment (if applicable)
  • Bank balance to show a minimum of S$30,000 for students from visa-required countries (China, India etc)
  • Application fee (non-transferable and non-refundable):
  • Payment mode:
    • Via Paypal
    • Via Demand Draft / Cheque payable to “CSM Academy International Pte Ltd”; or by Telegraphic Transfer:
      • Account Name: CSM Academy International Pte Ltd
      • Company Address: 250 Sims Avenue #03-01 SPCS Building Singapore 387513
      • Account Number: 3183003044
      • Bank Name: United Overseas Bank Limited
      • Bank Address: Tanjong Pagar Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-37/40 Singapore 082001
      • Bank Code: 7375
      • Branch Code: 009
    • Note:All documents must certified true copies of the original documents. If documents are not in English, official translations must be included.
      Please ensure that your application forms and documents reach us at least 2 months before course commencement.

Step 3 – Acceptance by the School
Upon receipt of your completed application, you will be notified of the outcome of your application within 2 weeks. Successful applicants will receive Letter of Acceptance via email and mail out the original copy to applicants.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance
If you decide to accept the offer, you will need to sign the Letter of Acceptance via email/post. Alternatively, you may also submit the documents to CSM Academy’s recruitment partner in your country.

Step 5: Application of Student Pass
Upon receipt of your signed Letter of Acceptance, CSM Academy will proceed to submit your Student’s Pass application via SOLAR+ to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). You will know of the outcome within 1 – 2 months.

Step 6: Payment of Programme Fees
Once your Student Pass application is approved-in-principle by ICA, you will be required to bring the original certificates for verification and to sign the student contract and follow by course fee payment. Do contact our Student & Industry Outreach Executive if you require student services on arrival such as airport pick-up, accommodation, medical check-up and more.

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