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Ascend Education Centre

#08-03, The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street,
Singapore 179803

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MRT Station:
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Tel: (65) 6338 1378

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Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: 9am – 9pm
Fridays: 9am – 6pm
Saturdays: 9.30am – 5pm
(Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays)


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Certificate in English as a Global Language (EGL)
(Awarded by Ascend Education Centre)

Intakes for 2018 & 2019

Option A:
Full Time (5 hours per day)


Option B:
Part Time (3 hours per day

1 Oct 2018


1 Oct 2018

2 Jan 2019


2 Jan 2019

Take our free placement test to find out which level is best for you.

Full Time EGL: Schedule and Fees for in 2018

Course Title Class Time
Student Ratio
Course Fee Per Term
Application Fee
Entry Requirements
Full-time Certificate in English as a Global Language (Elementary)

9:30am to 3:30pm

(5 Contact Hours Per Day With 1 Hour Lunch Break from 12:30-1:30)
1 to 16
  1. Minimum Age: 16
  2. Placement Test or Passed Previous Level
  3. Valid Visa
Full-time Certificate in English as a Global Language (Pre Intermediate)
Full-time Certificate in English as a Global Language (Intermediate)
Full-time Certificate in English as a Global Language (Upper Intermediate)
Full-time Certificate in English as a Global Language (Advanced)


Application Procedures and Payment of Application Fee

To apply for a course students must be a minimum age of 16 by the course commencement date. All students have to take a placement test at Ascend Education Centre. The purpose of the test is to find out the student’s current level of English. Ascend Education Centre has an online placement test which can be taken if the student is applying from overseas. Upon receiving their online placement test result the student can apply for admission by filling in the application form and paying a non-refundable application fee of $430.00

The application fee can be paid by NETS, cash, credit card, bank draft, money order or SGD cheque made payable to: ‘Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd’

Elegraphic Transfer (TT) or MEPS payments can be made to our bank account in Singapore (please email us so we know that you are making the payment with the transaction details/receipt from your bank):

DBS Bank 12 Marina Boulevard, Level 3 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3 Singapore 018982
Swift Address: DBSSSGSG
CHIPS UID No.: 034675 Or Telex No.: RS 24455
Corporate A/c Name: Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd
A/c No.: 003-901908-4

Please note that for international students applying for a student pass, Ascend Education Centre absorbs the $30 application fee charged by ICA.

2.   The Private Education Institution-Student Contract & Payment of Course Fee

Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd only collects course fees once the student has taken their placement test at Ascend Education Centrec and signed The Private Education Institution-Student Contract. The purpose of the contract is to safeguard the students’ rights. Under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS), Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd has an insurance arrangement that ensures course fees paid by students to Ascend Education Centre are insured by Liberty Insurance Pte. Ltd. The insurance protection serves to protect the students' course fees in the event Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd is unable to continue operations due to insolvency, and/or regulatory closure. Furthermore, the FPS protects the student if Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd fails to pay penalties or return fees to the student arising from judgments made against it by the Singapore courts.

Ascend Education Centre has in place a medical insurance scheme as stated in the Student Contract. This medical insurance scheme shall minimally provide for an annual coverage limit of not less than S$20,000 per student, at least B2 ward in government and restructured hospitals and 24 hours coverage in Singapore. The Ascend Education Centre-appointed medical insurance provider is Liberty Insurance Pte. Ltd.

Ascend Education Centre’s course fees are inclusive of course materials fee, fee insurance protection and medical insurance protection. Upon signing the student contract.

Course Fee payment can be made by Cash, credit card, NETS, SGD Crossed Cheque, Cashier’s Order/Bank Draft and made payable to: ‘Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd’.

3. Other Fees

Fees payable to Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

On collection of student pass, students must pay ICA a Security Deposit of S$1,000/$1,500/$5,000 payable to ICA by Bankers Guarantee. The Security Deposit is returnable to the student on completing their studies in Singapore. Also, the student must pay ICA for Student Pass Issuance Fee & Multiple Visa Entry/Exit Fee (payable to ICA) approx: S$60-90. Payment by NETS/Cash Card/Credit Card at ICA Building or online via Solar System using a debit/credit card.

3(b) Miscellaneous Fees

Miscellaneous fees can be made by: NETS, cash, credit card, bank draft, money order or SGD cheque made payable to: ‘Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd’

4.  Full-time Course Terms & Conditions

DP holders & Long Term Visit Pass holders must seek the permission of ICA to study full-time. It is a condition of entry that students hold a valid letter of consent issued by ICA which covers the duration of the 12 week course. Ascend Education Centre will not be held responsible if a student fails to secure a valid letter of consent.

Employment Pass holders or Work Holiday pass holders do not need the permission of ICA to study a full-time course but EP and other work pass holders must seek approval from their employer (Letter of no objection)

5.  Full-time Course Description

Ascend Education Center's English as a Global Language (EGL) Full-time courses (from Elementary to Advanced levels) cover four skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading, as well as a focus on vocabulary development, pronunciation and grammar. The Full-time courses are 5 hours per day, Monday-Friday, reflecting the centre’s educational philosophy in providing students with the environment and opportunity to apply what they are learning so that they can express themselves with confidence. 

For a period of three hours the students will have an EGL class limited to 16 students. In class, students are inspired and mentored by their teacher in developing their speaking, reading, writing and listening skills as well as improving their vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. These three hour classes are conducted in the mornings and the afternoons.

In addition, our five hour program includes a two hour focus on the practical application of the skills acquired in the classroom.

Our EGL Full-time Courses at Ascend Education Centre consists of 5 language levels from elementry to Advanced.


Ascend Levels and CPE Registered Courses

Length of Ascend Course

Equivalent to IELTS

B2-C1 Vantage Independent User -
Proficient User


 3 Months

6.0 - 6.5+

B2 - Vantage Independent User

Upper Intermediate

 3 Months 

5.0 - 6.0

B1- Threshold Independent user


  3 Months

4.0 – 5.0


  3 Months

Not Applicable

A2 - Waystage Basic User


 3 Months

 Not Applicable

A1 - Waystage Basic User


 3 Months

 Not Applicable


Our Elementary Level is for students who have already learnt some English and who wish to build on their English language skills for social and everyday purposes. It is expected that the writing and speaking skills of students will be limited at this stage. »

The language will be mostly or completely learnt by repetition and drilling. Reading and listening skills will be more developed than speaking and writing skills. By the end of the level it is expected that students will be able to understand straightforward information in spoken and written English and to express himself/herself in speech and in writing for simple practical purposes in everyday situations such as asking for directions, ordering food at a restaurant, making appointments and reservations; expressing degrees of certainty and frequency and talking about the past. It is a course which prepares students for the next stage in English.

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Our Pre-Intermediate Level is for students who have a command of English which allows them to use the language to deal with familiar social and everyday situations. By the end of this level our students should be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at meeting their needs.

They should also be able to introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as personal preferences, where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Students should also be able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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Our Intermediate Level is for students who need to understand and express in speaking and writing - information, ideas, feelings, opinions and common phrases about everyday situations in straightforward spoken and written language.

By the end of this level our students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).

Our students should also be able to communicate in simple English conversations and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They should also be able to describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate interest.

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Our Upper-Intermediate Level is for students who use or will use English for their educational or working life.  At the end of this level students should be able to understand familiar matters regularly encountered in work, college, etc.

Students should also be able to deal with most situations likely to arise while living in an area where the English language is spoken.  In addition, students should also be able to produce grammatically accurate and complex sentences in connected texts and essays on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.

They should also be able to describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

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Our Advanced Level is for students who use or will use English on a regular basis and who wish to improve their fluency and accuracy as well as extending their vocabulary to include more specialised English related to their own areas of interest.

By the end of this level students should be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of interest. Students should also be able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible and easy for either party.

  In addition, students should also be able to 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 opinions.
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6. Profile of Deployed Teachers
David Doyle David Doyle,

David an Irish citizen and Singapore PR, is the CEO of Ascend Education Centre with a diverse  background  in  the education industry. David was a research and teaching assistant at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he was a British Council Chevening Scholar in International Relations from 1996-1997. He holds a primary degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in International Relations. Since 2001, David has made Singapore his home, working and teaching in the Education industry. In 2003 he completed his CELTA with the British Council Singapore. In June 2004, David, in partnership with fellow Irishman Gareth O’Brien, started Ascend Education Centre.

Anna Beatrice Manyam,

is a Singapore citizen, and her first language is English. Her main duties have been to teach English as a first language in the public schools and English as a second language in the International schools and at the National University of Singapore. She has organised and managed Summer School programmes for various International Schools and assisted the ESL department in writing the curriculum for their new ESL programme and she was also involved with student placement. In addition, she has experience in assisting foreign students in achieving high marks in IELTS. At present she is in the part time employment of the National Institute of Education as a supervising co-coordinator helping to conduct the practicum for student teachers.

John Abraham,

John was educated in Singapore and the UK. He is a professionally qualified teacher and has a degree in Education and History from the University of Lancaster in England. He has worked with international students throughout his career and his own life has been enriched by his long association with students from a great variety of cultures and nationalities. He likes to get students actively involved in the classroom in order to develop their language and social skills. Apart from teaching English, John is active in his church and during his free time he enjoys swimming, reading, watching TV and following the fortunes of Arsenal.

Victoria Fury Victoria Fury,

is a Canadian who has lived and worked in Singapore and Indonesia for 13 years.  She has taught EGL at all levels, as well as Business and Hospitality English and IELTS. Victoria holds a TESOL Certificate with an educational background in English Lit. and Psychology. Her teaching approach is one of patient guidance, aid and encouragement, combined with a liberal dash of humor to make learning enjoyable. She firmly believes that the friendly, open, caring learning environment and experienced, committed teachers at Ascend Education Center are a key factor in the success of its students.

   Vinitha Kongot Ramachandran,

Vinitha is a native of India, but has lived in Singapore and Malaysia for the last 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Bombay, India as well as a TESOL certification from SEA English Academy (Australia). She has taught ESL at all levels, IELTS and conducted public speaking and communication workshops. She believes in leveraging her teaching experience and academic background to design engaging and inspiring lessons to effectively address the curriculum and help students realize their individual potential. She firmly believes that a comfortable and enjoyable classroom experience is the key to positive learning.

Robin Hull ,

I am a UK citizen who first visited Singapore five years ago.  Instantly being drawn to Singapore’s diversity of people and culture (and its kopi) I decided to spend as much time here as possible. Driven by a desire to know more about my own language, I completed a degree course at Roehampton University in London in English Language and Linguistics.  I have also completed a University of Cambridge CELTA qualification. I am a fitness and running enthusiast and I have recently started training to run a half marathon.  I also enjoy more sedate activities such as music, radio and film. My teaching style is to keep things as enjoyable as possible with plenty of student interaction.  Whenever I can I try to relate lessons to students’ own lives.

Angela Edwards,
Originally from Britain but now an Australian, Angela has recently returned to live in Singapore after gaining her CELTA qualifications in Melbourne, Australia. Although a newcomer to the ESL sector, she has worked at middle and senior management levels for many years in the Australian Public Service. Angela is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and her approach to teaching ESL is to ensure that learning activities are practical, relevant and fun. ". I find this is the best way to help students build both their confidence and competence".


Tim Green,
is from the UK. He qualified as a CELTA teacher here in Singapore. Tim believes in building a good rapport with his students and making his lessons as interactive as possible to encourage life-long learning. He enjoys helping students to improve their English and finds it enormously rewarding to see students developing their skills. Tim previously worked for a British Member of Parliament for nearly 12 years as Office Manager and Senior Research Assistant, and holds a Master’s degree in Politics from Birkbeck College, University of London.





7. EGL Assessment

In an EGL class students are assessed through a combination of methods. Students spoken English is continually assessed by their teacher over the duration of the course. Their writing is assessed through a combination of a written assignment which the students must complete and through the writing section of the module test. In addition, the students will have one final module exam in the last week of their course. The exam assesses students in their listening, grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing. It is a condition of sitting the final module exam that a student’s attendance must not fall below 90% unless their absence is authorized by the school.

Certificates are awarded by Ascend – The English Professionals. Students who pass the course (60% pass mark) will receive a Certificate of Achievement while students who do not pass (below 60%) will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Contact us at: 65 6338 1378

Ascend Education Centre
#08-03, The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street, Singapore 179803
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Pathway to Ascend Education Center »» Alight at Clarke Quay MRT »» Exit from Eu Tong Sen Road »» Use the footbridge to cross to North Bridge Road »» Turn left into Carpenter St and we are located at number 19