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Ascend Education Centre

19 Carpenter Street,
Singapore 059908

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MRT Station:

Clarke Quay, Take Exit 'E'

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)


Course Schedule & Fees | Apply | Syllabus | Teachers | Assessment

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

Intakes for 2018

Option A: 5 hours per day


Option B: 3 hours per day

29 January


29 January

26 February


26 February

02 April


02 April

30 April


30 April

28 May


28 May

02 July


02 July

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

Option B: Short Course Certificate in English as a Global Language
(3 hours per day) Certificate Awarded by Ascend Education Centre

3 Hour Short Course EGL Modules 1, 2 and 3

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

9:30am to 12:30pm

(3 Contact Hours Per Day )
1 to 16
  1. Minimum Age: 16
  2. Placement Test or Passed Previous Level
  3. Valid Visa
Short Course Certificate in English as a Global Language (Pre Intermediate)
Short Course Certificate in English as a Global Language (Intermediate)
Short Course Certificate in English as a Global Language (Upper Intermediate)
Short Course Certificate in English as a Global Language (Advanced)


1. Apply
  1. To apply for a course students must be a minimum age of 16 by the course commencement date.
  2. Placement Test: 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. If you are in Singapore please fill in our enquiry form or email us at to make a free placement test booking. You can also call us at 65 6338 1378 and we will arrange for you to come to our centre to take a free test.
  3. Valid Visa:
    • Students applying for a student pass are not allowed to attend EGL Short courses.
    • Non student pass International Students e.g. DP holders, Long Term Visit Pass holders, Employment Pass holders, Work Holiday pass holders do not need the permission of ICA to study a short course.
    • Students who are entering Singapore must obtain a valid social visa from ICA which covers the four weeks of their course before being allowed to enter the course. It is a condition of entry that student have a valid visa which covers the duration of the course. Ascend Education Centre will not be held responsible for any student failing to secure a 4 week social visa.
    • Overseas students are advised to come to Singapore the weekend before their short course commences.
2 Application Procedures and Payment of Application Fee

Ascend Education Centre will issue a letter of result to the student upon verification of their placement test.

The student may then apply for the course by signing a letter of offer.

The student can then complete an application form and pay a non-refundable application fee of $185

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’

Telegraphic 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

3.   Payment of Course Fee

Ascend Education Centre Pte Ltd only collects course fees once the student has taken their placement test at Ascend Education Centre and signed.

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’.

4. About Ascend Education Centre's EGL Short Courses

Ascend's English as a Global Language (EGL) short courses are stand alone modules which are useful for students who wish to complete their studies over a four week period. The Short Courses (from Starter to Advanced levels) cover four skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading, as well as a focus on vocabulary development, pronunciation and grammar. The Short 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.

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

Our EGL Short Courses at Ascend Education Centre consists of 5 language levels from Elementary to Advanced.


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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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.


6. Short Course EGL Assessment

Students are assessed through a combination of course work and module exams. Each EGL course is divided into three four week modules. During each module, your teacher will give you a written assignments, and assess you on your speaking. At the end of each module there is a module test. A combination of your assessed work and module test results determine if you can progress to the next level. The overall pass mark to progress from one course to the next is 60%. Students receive a Certificate of Achievement on successful completion of a course. If a student fails a course they may repeat the course or choose to discontinue. Students who fail a course will receive a Certificate of Attendance. All students must have an attendance record of 90% to sit for their modular exams in the month in question. In addition, please note that students are expected to complete homework on a timely and regular basis.

The following table shows the maximum marks awarded for each part of assessment by course level from Starter to Advanced:

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 75% 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.


Ascend Education Centre
19 Carpenter Street, #01-01
Singapore 059908
(Nearest MRT Station: Clarke Quay/Raffles)
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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