About Esther & My 4 Teaching Approaches


A BIG welcome to this page.


This is probably my favourite page on this website because I get to say hi to you and connect with you on a deeper level. 


In this page, you'll find information on:

  • Who Am I?
  • My 4 Teaching Approaches
  • Discourse
    Communication with Parents
  • Discourse
    ​​​​​Your Commitment

Who Am I?


Hi! I'm Esther, an ex-MOE English and Literature teacher with more than 9 years of teaching experience. 


Besides teaching, I also develop teaching resources and design educational curriculum.

I hold a BBM with majors in Corporate Communications & Marketing from Singapore Management University (SMU), as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) with credit from the National Institute of Education (NIE).


My motivation in teaching is to empower my students. When I have the honour to help youths fulfil their full potential in life, I feel the greatest sense of meaning and joy in my work! 


How is attending my classes different from other tuition centres?


My 4 Teaching Approaches

1. Exam Skills Focused
Exam strategies are mapped out, systematically taught and applied in class. I give my students ample practice opportunities while keeping the focus on developing specific language skills that empower students to confidently answer exam questions.


2. Teacher’s Attention
Class size is intentionally kept small so that I can provide close guidance and prompt feedback to every student. Each student will receive a progress update at the end of each term to track their learning over time.

3. Engaging Lessons
Human beings have an average attention span of ~20 minutes. That’s why I break the 2-hour class time up into short activities.


Here are some exciting activities my students get to take part in:


  • Hands-on Projects
  • Debates
  • Contests & Quizzes
  • Group Work
  • Watch Short Films


Photo: School Holiday Workshop

Although I LOVE having fun with my students, I’m first and foremost a firm believer in being practical.

Fun and examination skills are strung tightly together such that classroom activities always fulfil a practical purpose. In other words, we NEVER do something just because is it fun!

4. Mindfulness
Neurobiologists found that mindfulness can increase attention, self-control and academic performance. I, too, consistently observe that students who show remarkable improvement are reflective and highly aware of their strengths and weaknesses.


Mindfulness is also necessary for Paper 1, Section C of the O Level English Paper. Activities that encourage mindfulness are regularly done in my classes.


Students

Photo: School Holiday Workshop

Having taught English for more than 9 years now, I realise there's something we need to face.


MOST students come from non-English speaking backgrounds. You may be one who struggle to string a simple sentence without grammatical errors and find English lessons meaningless.


The struggle in English is something that needs acceptance, not judgement. We can only change what we begin to accept. 


With my students who need extra love, I introduce and reinforce basic grammatical rules in progressively manageable portions. Plain drilling of grammar rules kills interest for the subject, so I love using games or activities to engage my students!  


Communication with Parents


Parents or caregivers will receive a personal progress update of their child every term.


That means you'll hear from me in the months of March, June, September and December each year. 


Whenever necessary, I will also communicate the progress of your child or ward to ensure that lessons are meaningful and useful. 


Your Commitment


Students

  • Attend lessons with a positive learning attitude
  • Be helpful towards other classmates
  • Come on time for classes
  • Commit to about 1 hour of homework per week. However, if you have a busy week ahead, please inform me and I'll adjust your homework load. Don't worry, I'm not unreasonable. ;)

The Importance of Grit


On a final note, let's talk about grit or perseverance. In my observations, students who show great improvement have two distinctive traits:


  • consistency
  • reflectiveness


They hand up their homework diligently without excuse each week; their work reflects the consideration and application of the strategies taught in class.


There are some who are very hardworking but lack insight into their personal strengths and weaknesses. My role is to guide you and raise your level of self-awareness so that your effort is much more productive.


If you're ready to join me for my English classes, message me or give me a call at 83104337. 


See you in class! 


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Grit or perseverance is a top predictor of success.


Dear English Warriors,


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To your success,
Ms Esther Peh

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