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Certificate in English Language Proficiency

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OSAC’s Certificate in English Language Proficiency (CELP) course aims to build up our student’s level of competency in the English Language.


Based on up-to-date topics of international interest, the course is delivered using the New Cutting Edge series, supplemented by PowerPoint presentations, use of the internet and other relevant activities. A graded-reading program is also incorporated into the course to reinforce language learning.


Varied teaching methods are employed. Kagan group work and phonetics instructions used by language institutions worldwide are put in practice. Progress reports facilitate teachers and help to manage students’ work. OSAC believes in providing the personal touch, which is so lacking in many private institutions. We are convinced that where there is care and concern, that learning will inevitably take root.

 

OSAC is committed to customising lessons to suit the needs of students. For example, Vietnamese work harder at consonants, Chinese students need to build awareness of vowels and Indian/ Thai students practice tone.

 

CELP ACADEMIC SCORE MARK SCALE

CELP TOEFL IBT IELTS CEFR
  ELEMENTARY 53 - 64 4.5 - 5.0 B1/B2
  INTERMEDIATE 65 - 78 5.5 - 6.0 B2
  ADVANCED 79 - 95 6.5 - 7.0 C1

 

This course is divided into 3 levels:

Certificate in English Language Proficiency - Elementary 

 

Course Description

 

OSAC’s Certificate in English Language Proficiency (CELP) course aims to build up our student’s level of competency in the English Language so that they can live and study in an English Speaking Environment. The Elementary course brings students to Level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework (IELTS 4.5 – 5.0 equivalent / TOEFL IBT 53-64). Based on up-to-date topics of international interest, the course is delivered using the New Cutting Edge series, supplemented by PowerPoint presentations, use of the internet and other relevant activities. A graded-reading program is also incorporated into the course to reinforce language learning.

 

Entry Requirement

 

Students are expected to have achieved the equivalent of 3.5-4.0 IELTS at the time of entry to this programme – OR passed the English subject for the 10th year of formal education. Students will be required to take a Placement Test before enrolment.

 

 

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

    • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
    • Deal with the most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
    • Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
    • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

 

 

Course Structure, Duration and Class Size 

1.   240 contact hours over 16 weeks
2.   5 days a week, 3 hours a day
3.   Minimum class size: 10 candidates
    Maximum class size: 25 candidates

 

Course Scope and Module Sequence (Elementary) 

 

MODULE

MODULE TITLE

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 1

 People and Places

 o Give personal information using be: positive, negative, questions and short answers 

 o Use articles Use vocabulary on names and countries
 o Find information from documents

 

 2

 You and Yours

 o Identify objects 

 o Use “this, that, these, those”, have got and Possessive’s
 o Talk about family tree

 

 3

 Everyday Life

 o Understand present simple: questions, positive and negative (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Find things in common

 4

 Love and Hates

 o Understand present simple: he and she, like ...ing, questions (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Use activity verbs and adverbs of frequency
 o Read for details

 5

 Getting from A to B

 o Use can and can’t for possibility 

 o Use articles
 o Use vocabulary on transport
 o Acquire knowledge and capability to travel and understand signs and instructions
 o Complete a survey about transport

 6

 Eating and Drinking

 o Use ‘there is’ and ‘there are’, ‘some’ and ‘any’, ‘how much’ and ‘how many’ 

 o Differentiate nouns (Countable and uncountable)
 o Use vocabulary on food and beverage
 o Describe the differences between two pictures

 7

 Extraordinary Lives

 o Understand past simple (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Tell life story

 8

 Fact or Fiction?

 o Understand past simple: negative forms, questions (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Interview other students about arts and entertainment

 9

 Buying and Selling

 o Understand comparative and superlative adjectives (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Describe films

 10

 Street Life

 o Understand present continuous (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Describe people

 11

 The World around Us

 o Use can and can’t for ability
 o Use question words
 o Use articles
 o Use vocabulary on animals

 12

 A Weekend Away

 o Understand future intentions: going to, would like to and want to 

 o Make suggestions and offers
 o Plan a weekend away

 

 13

 Learning for the Future

 o Use infinitive of purpose 

 o Use might and will
 o Use vocabulary on education and careers

 

 14

 Keeping in Touch

 o Understand present perfect (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation) 

 o Use time phrases with present perfect
 o Use vocabulary on different ways of communication

 

 15

 Going Places

 o Use prepositions of movement 

 o Use have to, don’t have to, can and can’t

 

 

• Lectures and discussions

• Speaking activities (e.g Role-playing)

• Listening Comprehension Exercises

• Writing Exercises

• Active Reading Program

• Exercises involving use of the internet (Webquest)

  

Assessment Type Reading Speaking Listening Writing
  Grammar 35%
  Vocabulary 25%
  Pronunciation 15%  
  Writing   25%

 

 

Course Completion and Award Criteria

i. Passed overall assessments.
ii. 90% class attendance for entire course (international students)

75% class attendance for entire course (all other students not on ICA's student pass)

 

Students who fulfill the above criteria will be awarded the “Certificate of English Language Proficiency-Elementary” by OSAC International College.

 

 

 

 

Certificate in English Language Proficiency - Intermediate 

 

Course Description

 

OSAC’s Certificate in English Language Proficiency (CELP) course aims to build up our student’s level of competency in the English Language so that they can live and study in an English Speaking Environment. The Intermediate course brings students to Level B2 of the Common European Framework (IELTS 5.5 – 6.0 equivalent / TOEFL IBT 65-78). Based on up-to-date topics of international interest, the course is delivered using the New Cutting Edge series, supplemented by PowerPoint presentations, use of the internet and other relevant activities. A graded-reading program is also incorporated into the course to reinforce language learning.

 

Entry Requirement

 

Students are expected to have achieved the equivalent of 4.5-5.0 IELTS at the time of entry to this programme – OR passed the English subject for the 11th year of formal education. Students will be required to take a Placement Test before enrolment.

 

 

 

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

    • understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation.
    • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
    • produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

 

The above descriptions are adapted from the global description of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

Course Structure, Duration and Class Size

1.   240 contact hours over 16 weeks
2.   5 days a week, 3 hours a day
3.   Minimum class size: 10 candidates
    Maximum class size: 25 candidates

 

 Course Scope and Module Sequence (Intermediate) 

 

MODULE

MODULE TITLE

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 1

 About You

 o Understand present simple and continuous tense (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 o Use vocabulary: everyday activities, people

 2

 Memory

 o Understand past simple and continuous tense (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 o Use ‘used to’

 3

 Around the World

 o Use comparatives and superlatives and phrases for comparing (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 o Use vocabulary on travelling and tourism

 4

 Life Stories

 o Understand Present perfect and Present perfect continuous tense (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 5

 Success

 o Understand future forms (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 o Use vocabulary on personalities

 6

 In the Media

 o Understand difference between -ed and -ing adjectives

 o Understand Passives (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 o Explain choices(choose the best candidate)

 o Make formal telephone calls and leave messages on answering machines

 7

 Socialising

 o Make polite requests

 o Make generalisations

 o Make appointments

 8

 Things you can't live

 without

 o Understand Relative Clauses (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 o Use quantifiers

 o Describe home country

 9

 Future and Society

 o Use conditionals (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 10

 An Amazing Story

 o Understand past perfect (Meaning, Form, Pronunciation)

 11

 Rules and Freedom

 o Use modals for permission and obligation

Lectures and discussions

• Speaking activities (e.g Role-playing)

• Listening Comprehension Exercises

• Writing Exercises

• Active Reading Program

• Exercises involving use of the internet (Webquest)

  

Assessment Type Reading Speaking Listening Writing
  Grammar 35%
  Vocabulary 25%
  Pronunciation 15%  
  Writing   25%

 

All CELP Course Completion and Award Criteria
i. Passed overall assessments.
ii. 90% class attendance for entire course (international students)

75% class attendance for entire course (all other students not on ICA's student pass)

 

Students who fulfill the above criteria will be awarded the “Certificate of English Language Proficiency-Intermediate” by OSAC International College.

 

 

Certificate in English Language Proficiency - Advanced 

 

Course Description

 

OSAC’s Certificate in English Language Proficiency (CELP) course aims to build up our student’s level of competency in the English Language so that they can live and study in an English Speaking Environment. The Advanced course brings students to Level C1 of the Common European Framework (IELTS 6.5 – 7.0 equivalent / TOEFL IBT 79-95). Based on up-to-date topics of international interest, the course is delivered using the New Cutting Edge series, supplemented by PowerPoint presentations, use of the internet and other relevant activities. A graded-reading program is also incorporated into the course to reinforce language learning.

 

Entry Requirement

 

Students are expected to have achieved the equivalent of 5.5-6.0 IELTS at the time of entry to this programme – OR passed the English subject for the 11th year of formal education. Students will be required to take a Placement Test before enrolment.

 

 

 

Course Learning Outcomes

 

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

    • understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
    • express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
    • produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. The above descriptions are adapted from the global description of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

The above descriptions are adapted from the global description of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 

 

Course Structure, Duration and Class Size

• 240 contact hours over 16 weeks

• 5 days a week, 3 hours a day

 

 Course Scope and Module Sequence (Advanced) 

 

MODULE

MODULE TITLE

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 1

 Going Global

 o Have knowledge of globalisation and westernisation

 o Use vocabulary on culture and habits

 o Understand English as a live and global language

 o Understand Continuous verb form

 o Put an objective argument in reports and presentation

 2

 Mixed Emotions

 o Use vocabulary of adjectives

 o Make Impromptu speech and conversation

 o Tell life story and counselling of people around you

 o Perfect verb form

 o Write media review

 o Listen for abstract details

 3

 How you come Across

 o Improve communication skills in business world

 o Give opinions and feedback in difficult situations or in meetings

 4

 Mind, Body and

 Spirit

 o Know different types of therapy around the world

 o Use vocabulary on health and well being

 o Understand prefix and suffix

 o Use adjective and adverbs in comparative sentences

 o Make a Marketing leaflet

 5

 Learning for Life

 o Know Importance of education

 o Life skills and teaching or giving instructions properly

 o Use Passive forms in writing

 o Take notes

 6

 In the Money

 o Understand news with regards to finance

 o Use idioms and phrases related to money

 7

 Living Together

 o Describe characteristics

 o Use past and present tenses to describe habits

 8

 A Question of Taste

 o Use vocabulary on argumentative scenarios

 o Describe trends in report format

 o Give constructive feedback

 o Know history in European countries

 9

 21st Century

 Lifestyle

 o Describe trends

 o Use future tenses and predictions

 o Use vocabulary on work, lifestyle and health

 10

 Truth and Lies

 o Use vocabulary related to truth and lies

 o Listen for details in speech

 o Respond tactfully

 o Use similes and noun phrases

 o Write a news article

 

Lectures and discussions

• Speaking activities (e.g Role-playing)

• Listening Comprehension Exercises

• Writing Exercises

• Active Reading Program

• Exercises involving use of the internet (Webquest)

  

Assessment Type Reading Speaking Listening Writing
  Grammar 35%
  Vocabulary 25%
  Pronunciation 15%  
  Writing   25%

 

Course Completion and Award Criteria

i. Passed overall assessments.
ii. 90% class attendance for entire course (international students)

75% class attendance for entire course (all other students not on ICA's student pass)

 

Students who fulfill the above criteria will be awarded the “Certificate of English Language Proficiency-Advanced” by OSAC International College.

 

Application Fee: $50/$200
Re-Printing of Transcript/Certificate: $20
Re-Marking of Assignment: $50/assignment
Late Payment Fee: $50 per month
Re-Examination Fee: $450 (City & Guilds), $750 (BTEC), $150 per module (CTH)
Membership Renewal Fee (CTH): $150
"O" Level Examination Fee: Paid to MOE
Admin Fee (Installment): $200
Re-Enrolment - International Students: $100
Re-Enrolment - Local Students: $30
Student Pass Renewal Fee: $50

 

Important Notes:
All figures are in Singapore Dollars (nett)
All amounts are updated as of 13 November 2013

Bankers Guarantee (BG) and Sponsorship (Non-Refundable)

$400 (BG Cost: $321 + Administration Fee: $79)

(Applicable for Students from China, India, Myanmar)

$300 (BG Cost: $241 + Administration Fee: $59)

(Applicable for Students from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and other countries)

 

Other fees payable to external party:

Medical Check-up: Less than S$50 (pay to clinic)

Student Pass collection fee: S$60 / S$90 (pay to ICA)

 

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable)

$50 (Local Students) | $200 (International Students)

 

Non-Tuition Fees

Non-tuition fees on course materials is subjected to change, depending on the requirement of the subjects.

 

Important Notes:
All figures are in Singapore Dollars (nett)
All amounts are updated as of 13th of November 2013