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1. What is English Ninjas' Curriculum and Teaching about?
At English Ninjas, we prioritise the process and value the power of learning. Students are given space and time to learn at their own pace.
With a focus on current affairs, children’s literature and critical thinking, our in-house materials, pedagogy and technology aim to nurture thinkers and learners. We specialise in English Language from Primary 3 to O Levels, and English Literature from Secondary 1 to JC 2 (IP Year 1 to 6).
Read more on our Corporate Values and Vision.
2. Is the teaching at English Ninjas in line with MOE schools? How are your materials prepared?
We design our in-house curriculum to pique curiosity and encourage students to think critically. We also ensure that our curriculum is up to date with the various changes in the MOE syllabus even as we incorporate current affairs, global issues and seek to move beyond the classroom and widen our students’ world view.
The Growth Mindset is a fundamental belief that guides the way we implement curriculum and create learning in our lessons. Our emotions debriefing tools facilitate conversations with our students to communicate their thoughts and emotions. This helps in creating a learning environment that nurtures resilience and empathy towards themselves and others.
3. What do you cover in your lessons?
For a thorough and balanced coverage, our Regular English lessons for Primary School students covers all components of the English Language paper except for Listening Comprehension. Compositions are covered at least twice a term.
For those who would like to delve deeper into Composition Writing, we do have Regular Composition Writing specific classes just for Primary School students! This means that students work on their composition writing every week.
It is possible to attend both Regular English lessons as well as Composition Writing lessons as there is no overlap of materials.
4. What do you cover in the Composition Writing class? What is it like? Do students work on a composition every week?
In our Composition Writing class, students work on a Composition title over every 2 lessons: The first lesson focuses on understanding the title, brainstorming of possible storylines as a class and organising their stories. Every student is encouraged to come up with their own storylines to answer and stay relevant to the title.
During the second lesson, writing techniques will be introduced before students start working on writing their composition. By the end of the lesson, students will complete a full composition!
5. Do you provide model composition and word lists?
Memorising model composition and word lists are easier and feel safer in a way. However, this takes away confidence as there is no learning there and it does not set our students up for success.
We practice critical thinking in our classroom, asking our students questions about their conclusion, assumptions help he/she think through their thought process.
6. There are no exams in Primary 1 and 2. How will your lessons prepare my child/children for exams in Primary 3 and beyond?
Even though there are no exams in P1 and P2, our lesson plans are curated to expose students to exam-based syllabus such as practice paper, composition writing and we incorporate termly reviews. These give our teachers insight to assess our students’ learning progress and identify areas of improvement that they can work on with the students.
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1. What is your average class size?
All of our classes are 6-8 students per class to keep the student-teacher ratio low and ensure that every student gets attention from their teacher.
2. What is your class schedule like?
Our weekday classes typically start from 2:45pm with the last class ending at 7pm, while weekend classes start from 9am and end at 5:45pm.
Class schedules may differ depending on demand and teacher availability.
Find out more about our Class Schedule.
3. How are the terms like in English Ninjas?
Each term lasts between 10 to 13 weeks. There are no classes on Public Holidays* or scheduled holidays as specified in our Term Calendar. We do take breaks in June as well as December and offer workshops during those times too.
*Do refer to point 16 for more details.
4. Do you offer hybrid lessons?
Most of our classes are available for hybrid lesson arrangements as it enables us to meet students' needs when one of them is feeling unwell or there is a logistical challenge in getting to class. This means that for all our students, classes can be attended either in-person or remotely on Zoom.
The total headcount of students attending the lesson in person and online is 7-8 to ensure that the teacher can pay attention to every student.
Having said that, to best benefit from remote lesson arrangements, students need to be organised, self-motivated and confident in using Zoom and Google drive functions. From our experience, online tools to maximise learning are dependent on the student's ability to stay focused and their willingness to engage in the lesson.
In addition, we strongly encourage students (i.e., Primary 3 and 4) to attend lessons in-person as younger students require more supervision and tend to respond better to lessons in person.
5. Do you offer trial lessons?
Yes, we do offer a four-lesson trial for students and parents to experience our teachers and materials before making the decision to commit as a regular student.
Four weeks gives all parties time to gather observations and for us to give you feedback on how we can meet your child’s needs.
6. How often will I get feedback from teachers?
A holistic post-trial review/feedback will be given upon completion of 4-lesson trials.
Our teachers communicate regularly with parents regarding their child’s progress. If you have questions, you request to speak with your child’s teacher(s) and our team will schedule a call or a face-to-face chat.
7. What is your replacement class policy?
Replacement classes will be offered on a best-of-effort basis within the same academic week. Our weekly lessons cycle begins on every Wednesdays and ends on the following Tuesdays.
If your child is unable to attend a class, 24-hour prior notice to the Centre through WhatsApp or email is required. Failure to do so will result in your child's attendance marked as Absent Without Notice. If 24-hour prior notice is not possible due to medical reasons, a medical certificate is required.
Fees for unattended lessons, or lesson attendance marked Absent Without Notice are strictly non-refundable. The Centre reserves the right not to offer any replacement options, refunds, reimbursements or credits for the missed lesson.
Should your child be unable to attend the lesson in-person, your child can attend the lesson remotely instead. All our classes are hybrid classes and class sizes are small and fixed. Materials will be made available electronically or in-Centre for the lesson in question.
Should your child be unable to attend the lesson at all, the Centre may offer your child an in-person replacement lesson at the same academic level during the same Academic Week as the lesson missed, if and where there is a suitable class/seat available. However, such in-person replacement lessons may only be offered to each student up to a maximum of three (3) times within a single Term.
Once confirmed, further replacing or re-scheduling of in-person replacement lessons are not allowed.
If there is no suitable in-person replacement lesson within same Academic Week, the Centre will provide the student with a pre-recorded video and relevant materials of the lesson missed. This video will be valid for 14 days from date of issuance, after access to it will be removed. Materials will be made available electronically or in-Centre for the lesson in question.
8. What is your public holiday class policy?
There will not be any classes on public holidays.
Students attending lessons affected by these public holidays will be offered a replacement classes scheduled during the same Academic Week.
However, for public holidays that are in-lieu, regular classes will continue as per usual. For instance, Hari Raya Haji falls on Sunday, 10 June 2022. There will not be any classes on Sunday. However on Monday, 11 June 2022, classes are still on-going.
9. Do you offer private lessons at English Ninjas?
We offer short term and long term private lessons on a case-by-case basis.
Students whose needs are not met in a group class setting may be offered private lessons.
10. Will there be any homework?
At English Ninjas, we designed our materials to be done in class so homework is minimal. When there is homework, it consists of completing a small part of the work, corrections or Draft 2 of a writing piece.
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1. What is your enrolment procedure?
Register here! Our enrolment team will contact you within 2 working days to discuss your child’s needs and find a suitable class for your child.
You may also call or Whatsapp us at 8428 0026. It would be helpful to have the following information on hand:
A) Child’s class level,
B) School and
C) Area(s) of concerns
2. What is your fees structure? Can I pay the fees on a monthly basis?
Each term comprises 9 - 13 regular lessons. Our regular class fees are billed on a termly basis according to the numbers of lessons in a term and payable in full in advance. Any proration of class lessons will be according to the number of term-weeks left in the academic term.
Refer to our Term Calendar for details.
a) PayNow: UEN - 202200612W [or other similar digital wallets eg. GrabPay/FavePay/etc] b) Bank Transfer to: There will be no discount in relation to the sibling with the highest lesson fee, while a 5% sibling discount on lesson term fees of all other siblings. In the event that any sibling ceases to be enrolled, the discount applicable to his or her sibling will be revised and reflected in the next invoice. will apply for 2nd enrolled child onwards. Discount will apply to the child/children with lowest regular lesson fees.
3. What is your mode of payment?
Invoices must be settled prior to the start of each term, on the specified due date. We currently accept payment in the following two mediums:
English Ninjas Enrichment And Tuition Centre Pte. Ltd.
Account No: 601-724693-001
4. Do you offer sibling discounts at English Ninjas?
a) PayNow: UEN - 202200612W [or other similar digital wallets eg. GrabPay/FavePay/etc]
b) Bank Transfer to:
There will be no discount in relation to the sibling with the highest lesson fee, while a 5% sibling discount on lesson term fees of all other siblings. In the event that any sibling ceases to be enrolled, the discount applicable to his or her sibling will be revised and reflected in the next invoice. will apply for 2nd enrolled child onwards. Discount will apply to the child/children with lowest regular lesson fees.
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REMOTE LESSON ARRANGEMENTS
In order to have a pleasant and effective learning experience for your child and to the other students, we seek your cooperation and understanding as follows:
All links and passcodes to our digital lessons are strictly confidential. You are not allowed to share it with any other student, aside from your child, to avoid disrupting the lesson.
- If your child is facing any technical difficulties, please reach out to our English Ninjas' Tech Support Team immediately at (65) 8428 0026.
- If the teacher has not started the class yet, you may be placed in a ‘Waiting Room”. As time is needed to move from one virtual classroom to another virtual classroom, we seek your kind understanding and patience.
- Kindly ensure that your child’s web camera is switched on throughout the class.
- Students are encouraged to interact with other students and the teacher when the teacher grants permission to students to do so.
1. How are your classes conducted remotely? Is it safe?
We use Zoom, a virtual classroom tool to deliver classes to our students without the need for them to be physically present in the classroom.
A series of security measures on Zoom to lock our virtual classrooms are:
 All of our classes are hosted using private meeting IDs that are also password protected.
 We are using a ‘waiting room’ feature that allows us to screen our participants before we let them in based on our attendance sheet.
 Zoom has a feature that requires the teacher, who is sharing the screen, to allow a “takeover” of the screen sharing function. In other words, intruders are not allowed to share their screen easily to show obscene images.
 A teacher is required to be present in a virtual classroom before any student can join.
 In the event that an unidentified participant is inadvertently added to the classroom, we will be able to remove them.
2. What happens if my child experiences any technical issues? How does he/she re-join the class if they get disconnected in between the lessons?
We strongly suggest that you and your child conduct a demo session before the actual lesson.
In the event your child gets disconnected in between the lesson, you can try to login and enter the Zoom password that is assigned to you. If you still experience any technical difficulties, please try to get on an alternative device.
● We strongly encourage logging in through a desktop or a laptop.
● It will be ideal to close all other non-related applications running during the lesson to have the best Zoom learning experience.
3. The lesson audio is unclear/ there is an echo.
We highly recommend that your child use earphones/headphones for the best experience.
4. Can my child access the live Zoom lesson on two or more devices? / Can I share access with my friends?
No, we only permit one student to be connected to the live zoom class at any point in time. This is because we need to be fair to all students who have paid for academic support. Attendance will be taken before the start of the lesson. Unidentifiable students or duplicate students will be removed from the lesson.
5. Why are the Zoom lessons not recorded? / Why am I unable to record the live Zoom lesson?
Due to the sensitivity of the materials, we are not permitting video playbacks to protect the organisation’s intellectual property interests. As such, we seek your kind understanding to get your child to pay close attention during the lesson and clarify any questions he/she has.
Besides, our teachers are also available to address any English-related questions on the main EN WhatsApp line during this period.
6. Can my child still learn effectively without the printed worksheets?
Not to worry! Here are some alternative ways suggested for your child to learn without printed worksheets:
Follow the teacher’s teaching and take down notes. Answers can be written on foolscap paper/ blank sheets of paper. The teacher will be using google docs and share-screen functions during the Zoom lesson.
Alternatively, here are some free apps your child may use to annotate over the PDF worksheets:
Mac Users: Preview (MacBook)
Windows Users: Adobe Acrobat DC, DocHub