Certificate in English Communication

This programme is designed to improve the core skill areas of English Language Proficiency.  There are 2 modules, where equal emphasis is placed in every module, on the 3 key skills of:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Use (Grammar)

Students will be given monthly reports to tack their progress.  There will be outings to places of interest and educational value incorporated into the learning, which makes it more interesting and adaptive to the learning process.

Flame Methodology

FLAME stands for:

First Language Assimilation Method for English, developed by Dr. Robert Balhetchet based on his 40 years of experience in teaching English to foreign students.

The FLAME method is a live audio-visual approach that teaches students to learn and assimilate the English language very quickly without use of textbooks, but through an audio imitative process in a contextual situation.  It allows the learner to utilize memory recall in association with his/her own language and experience.

The adoption of this process in language learning has proved very effective because of the greater development of the learner’s mind and memory. The situational element of the approach allows the language to be expressed in a cohesive, coherent, interesting and meaningful way that makes sense to the learner.

Programme Structure

Module 1

To build a basic foundation in the student’s language proficiency. The student will be exposed to conversation vocabulary needed in everyday spoken communications, when travelling and in performing basic work functions.

Module 2

Builds on the skills gained in Module 1 and expands to include more detailed communication in the workplace, social functions and public life.

Programme Duration

There is a total of 2 modules. Each module is conducted over 12 weeks.

Classes are held Mondays to Fridays, 3 hours per day, inclusive of break(s).

Mode of Delivery

Teachers conduct interactive lessons supported by Powerpoint slides and use a whiteboard as needed. Students are encouraged to speak, listen, read and write in each lesson and to work individually, with partners, or in groups to complete assignments. Students are expected to take good notes during each lesson and review those notes for homework each night.

Admission Criteria

Applicant must be 16 years and older.

Completion of Secondary 3 or equivalent.

Graduation Criteria

Completion of Module 2 with assessment score of 75% or higher.

This is a language programme and not an educational pathway. Students who complete this programme may proceed to the Certificate of General English to improve their reading and writing skills.

Attendance Criteria

All students need to attend at least 75% of classes to be eligible for a Certificate of Attendance. Student Pass holders are required to maintain an attendance of 90% and above to meet the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority requirement.

Assessment / Examination

Monthly assessments are conducted to measure the student’s competency in Speaking and Listening.

Average Teacher to Student Ratio


Programme Intake

2019:  January 2,  January 28,  March 4,  April 1,  April 29,  May 27,  July 1, July 29,  August 26, September 23,  October 21 and  November 18

Programme Fees (in Singapore Dollars)

Fees effective from 1 January 2018.


Course Fee$2,392.50
Hospitalization &Surgical Insurance Fee$100.00
Administrative Fee$200.00
Assessment Fee$150.00
Course Materials Fee$100.00
Fee Protection Scheme$36.78
Application Fee$500.00
7% Goods & Services Tax$243.55


Course Fee$4,785.00
Hospitalization & Surgical Insurance Fee$100.00
Administrative Fee$200.00
Assessment Fee$300.00
Course Materials Fee$100.00
Fee Protection Scheme$68.56
Application Fee$500.00
7% Goods & Services Tax$423.75

* Note: Fees are subject to change without prior notice

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Last updated 7 March 2019