Preparatory English Course

Introduction

Diploma students who are successful in their application but do not meet the English Language requirement for their course will have the option to enrol in the NAFA Preparatory English Course before the commencement of the diploma course.

The NAFA Preparatory English Course aims to improve students’ command of English and equip them with reading, writing, listening and speaking skills that will enhance their learning of the arts at the tertiary level. The course adopts a holistic approach that focuses on:

  • Facilitating learning with learner-centred practice tasks and activities
  • Equipping students with strategies for building vocabulary, listening, reading and comprehension capacities
  • Instilling students’ confidence in communicating ideas and intentions

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Listen critically
  • Read and comprehend texts at literal and inferential levels
  • Communicate effectively using a variety of techniques to engage in a discussion
  • Express ideas in writing coherently and cohesively

There are three modules offered in the NAFA Preparatory English Course. Applicants will be placed in the appropriate module(s) as determined by their submitted English Language proficiency scores from certification systems such as TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or equivalent.

Intake Modules Duration Total Hours
March Pre-intermediate Level English 8 weeks 200
May Intermediate Level English 8 weeks 200
June Supplementary English 4 weeks 100

On successful completion of the course, students may progress on to the Diploma programmes.

ENG1100 Pre-intermediate Level English

Pre-intermediate Level English covers four components of language learning: listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The approach integrates receptive skills (listening and reading) with productive skills (speaking and writing) to provide an effective learning environment.

Students learn a range of listening strategies from identifying gist and intention, to previewing main ideas to improve decoding skills. Students apply a host of reading tips such as locating specific information using skimming and scanning to increase reading and comprehension competencies.

Through daily interaction with peers, students have the opportunity to practice speaking and expressing their ideas and build their confidence in oral communication. By learning rules of the language such as parts of speech, grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling, subject-verb agreement, question, and sentence construction, students acquire fundamental writing skills.

ENG1200 Intermediate Level English

Intermediate Level English covers four components of language learning: listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The approach integrates receptive skills (listening and reading) with productive skills (speaking and writing) to provide a holistic learning environment.

Students learn a range of listening strategies from extracting specific information, to identifying context clues to enhance accuracy. Students study a variety of text types to increase their reading and comprehension competencies. Through daily speaking exercises and frequent oral presentations, students sharpen their speaking abilities. By learning rules of the language such as grammar, tenses, parts of speech, syntax, text coherence and style, students acquire techniques to write exposition and argumentative essays.

ENG 1300 Supplementary English

Supplementary English covers four components of language learning: listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. The approach integrates receptive skills (listening and reading) with productive skills (speaking and writing) to provide a holistic learning environment.

Students learn a range of strategies from the identification of keywords, sentence-structure and intention, to evaluation techniques such as modes of deduction and speculation, which they can apply in discussion and reading. Students study word parts to expand vocabulary, and analyse unfamiliar words by deciphering the structure of the language. Students are exposed to a variety of text types to increase their comprehension competencies. Through daily interaction with peers such as responding and expressing their ideas during in-class discussion, students build their confidence in speaking accurately and fluently. By learning rules of the language such as syntax, text coherence and style, students acquire techniques to write exposition and argumentative essays.

The minimum English Language proficiency requirement for the Preparatory English Course (PEC) are as follows:

Course Applying For DUOLINGO Score TOEFL iBT Score IELTS Score PEC Module(s) to enrol
All diploma courses (including non-MOE-sponsored Diploma in Art Teaching and Diploma in Music Teaching) except Diploma in Dance and Diploma in Music 35 - 50 2 - 19 3.0 - 3.5 All applicants:
ENG1100 Pre-intermediate Level English, and ENG1200 Intermediate Level English
55 - 60 20 - 31 4.0 All applicants:
ENG1200 Intermediate Level English
65 - 70 32 - 43 4.5 Int’l applicants:
ENG1200 Intermediate Level English
SG & SPR applicants:
ENG1300 Supplementary English
Diploma in Dance and Diploma in Music 35 - 50 2 - 19 3.0 - 3.5 All applicants:
ENG1100 Pre-intermediate Level English

Course Fees

Preparatory English Course S$2,500 for 8 weeks (Pre-Intermediate Level), fee applies to international students
S$2,500 for 8 weeks (Intermediate Level), fee applies to international students
Preparatory English Course (Supplementary) S$1,200 for 4 weeks, fee applies to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents of Singapore

Other Fee

This is a compulsory fee payable in addition to the course fee and are non-refundable.
Administrative Fee (1-time charge and non-refundable): S$100

Fee Protection Scheme

NAFA adopts a mandatory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) to protect the paid fees of both local and international students for One-year Full-time degree programmes, Preparatory English courses and Nafa Foundation Programme. The FPS serves to protect the student’s fees in the event that the PEI is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. In addition, the FPS protects the student if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts.

NAFA has appointed Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd and Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd as our FPS insurance providers. Under the FPS insurance scheme, students’ fees will be insured by the insurer pre-assigned by NAFA. In case of events, as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from the respective FPS insurance provider.

More details of the FPS can also be found in the FPS Instruction Manual, available at www.ssg.gov.sg/cpe/pei.html.

Fee Protection Scheme Certificate

Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 15 Oct 2020 to 14 Oct 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.

Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd
The policy is valid from 17 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2021. To view the certificate, please click here.



Refund Policy - Preparatory English Course (More than 30 days or 50 Hours)

Refund Scenarios

Full refund of the Course
Fee paid less Administrative Fee paid

Within Cooling-off Period, that is, within 7 working days after signing the Contract

Course Fee paid less:
  1. Administrative fee for the year and
  2. Telegraphic Transfer Fee (if applicable)
More than 14 calendar days before the Course Commencement Date
No Refund Not more than 14 calendar days before the Course Commencement Date or after the Course Commencement Date

Note:

  1. Aside from the voluntary withdrawal requests put up by the Students, the above Refund Policy is also applicable when the Student is expelled from NAFA or withdrawal from the course for any reason.
  2. NAFA reserves the right to claim against the Student and/or parent/guardian for any balance outstanding payment due and payable.

 

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