Welcome to the Unique English Classroom™ (UEC). I developed this series using more than 15 years of my media experience coupled with innovative educational concepts. I worked with media experts and educationists, and what resulted from all this synergy is a think-out-of-the-box, highly-interactive and fun series of programmes to accelerate the teaching of English. UEC has found a niche in more than 150 primary and secondary schools in Singapore since it was first introduced in 1996, with my school arm, Janus Education.
Every child is creative!
Ask yourself this question. Do you think your child is creative? If you do not think so, try thinking back to when you were a child, perhaps six or seven years old. What gives you the most joy? Was it drawing your first picture of Mum or Dad and thinking, “Wow! They will be happy to see this!” Or was it reading a story and telling it in your own words to your parents? Or is it changing Mum’s recipe for her favourite kueh kueh and realizing it tasted better! Yes, if you have done all this, and I am sure you have, let me tell you, this is creativity in action! Creativity happens many ways, and in the Unique English Classroom, I do this with words. Through verbal/spoken expression: reading and drama. Through written expression: stories and books.
I will be walking you through this journey on how I mentor children to write their masterpiece: their very own book of 3,000 words. Since 2003, the Young Author Scheme has seen close to 8,000 young authors aged 10 to 16 achieve this dream. Not only that, all stories are entered into the regional Young Author Award which recognizes young budding talent. Excellent stories can get published in anthologies and our very own magazine, the Young Reader Club and sold through our very own e-store! And you know what? Every child can do it! Why? Because every child is creative. The question is how to draw that creativity out from him/her. Which is what the Unique English Classroom is about…. giving every child the tools to achieve that dream! You might say, “Oh yes, my child is creative. But his English is not up to standard. Which is why he can’t write well.” I have had parents who tell me, “He doesn’t like to read. What can I do? How do I encourage this reading habit in my child?” Another mother is worried about her 10-year-old son who does not want to speak English because he is afraid his friends will laugh at him. So ultimately, it all comes down to learning the English Language!
Oh yes, learning a language is not easy. In fact, language learning begins when your child hears his first word. Usually from his mother! Which is why the language we speak at home is called mother tongue. There are four elements of learning a language: listen, speak, read and write.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Your child’s first interaction with language is when he hears from the person closest to him.
We teach your child to create!
Now, the new knowledge paradigm has added two more elements: visualize and represent. And this is what the Unique English Classroom is about: we teach your child to create!
Our suite of programmes cater to each child, whatever his level of English
· Kids Can Read (expression): as its name suggests, kids can read into their very own app!
· Alphabet Learners (written): Beginning vocabulary and comprehension for active young minds!
· Alphabet Authors (expression and written): Learn to write and tell simple stories with so much expression, his teachers in school will be amazed!
· English Rules! (written): Learning grammar has never been more fun and interactive!
· Aspiring Writers and Illustrators Scheme (written): Learn to write his very own 400-500 word story.