About Esther Peh


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 out: 

  • What Drives Me
  • Types of Students
  • Fun & Practical Lessons
  • Discourse
    Communication with Parents
  • Discourse
    The Importance of Grit
  • Discourse
    ​​​​​Your Commitment

What Drives Me


"What am I here on earth for?"


That's a question I ask myself a lot. Each time, the answer that came to me was to empower others.


When I have the honour to participate in helping youths and people fulfil their full potential in life, I feel the greatest sense of meaning and joy in my work. ;)


In 2011, I left MOE to pursue teaching English on my own. It's a lot of fun for me to study established authors and their materials to sharpen my own teaching. My materials are ever-evolving as I learn from my teaching experience. 


Now, you may wonder how you can benefit from attending my classes… 


My Approach

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Students

Photo: School Holiday Workshop

Having taught English for more than 9 years now, I've worked with hundreds of secondary students with vastly varying abilities. Some have a natural flare with the language. If you are endowed with innate language abilities, this is what you can expect from me:


  • get plenty of creative space
  • get differentiated instructions in class
  • expect to work on more challenging materials


However, let’s face it… 


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!  



Fun & Practical Lessons


Photo: School Holiday Workshop

I LOVE having fun with my students. That means you can expect hands-on activities, contests and quizzes in my classes. However, 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 to empower students to do better in school. In other words, we NEVER do something just because is it fun!


In additional, we also practice mindfulness in class. Read my blog post on how mindfulness is directly related to the Continuous Writing Section of Paper 1 here.



The Importance of Grit


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.


Remember that grit (or perseverance) is a top predictor of success. Watch more about grit here.


Sometimes, parents’ intervention may be needed if there is a lack of discipline. 

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Grit or perseverance is a top predictor of success.

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 1 - 1.5 hours 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. ;) 

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To your success,
Ms Esther Peh

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