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FAQ's for Beta Gramma

Short answer: Our energy - the kids love it!

Long answer: We believe that education is a question of inspiration. So we aim to be as creative as possible in the ways we deliver our educational solutions to our students. As well as a traditional classroom model, we employ a mix of strategies that make learning both engaging, personalised, and readily available to students; this means they can choose for themselves how far they go. Just as importantly, we enjoy immensely what we do, & our students, & seeing the results that come from their learning efforts.

Short answer: British syllabus with Singapore bilingual aspects.

Long answer: Enrichment classes draw from a syllabus to provide extended learning in key areas of need. Those needs can range from foundational aspects which have not been adequately learned in school such as reading comprehension, or grammar, through to development of advanced skills such as academic writing or presentation skills. Our programmes pull learning objectives from the British National Syllabus and the Singapore Syllabus and build them into a suite of programmes that, together, seek to enrich the language knowledge and usage of our students and help prepare them for the academic challenges that lie ahead of them.

Short answer: Eight

Long answer: Small group learning is probably the most effective environment for any learner. Many benefits come from such grouping which at the same time do not impede an individual's personal bid for independence and focus. Creativity, practice, perspectives, co-operation, scale, and self-analysis, are just a few examples of where a student can achieve more in a group than in isolation. But as a group grows in size it becomes more challenging to ensure that each member is gaining at an appropriate rate - although this in itself is hard to measure because one can learn from passive observation in surprising ways. But we strive to engage every learner, eliciting contributions to the group learning effort wherever possible, and we believe that gropus of 6-8 children provide enough dynamic for great group interaction yet are not too big to get lost in.

Different age groups can handle scale differently, so Secondary school children are generally comfortable in larger groups. Thus far we have not extended our classes beyond 8 in size, and if we feel there may be benefit in doing so at some point we may take further steps. But we will draw the line at the point where we feel it is not possible to manage each child with sufficient hands-on care to ensure they all make the progress they should be able to achieve.

Certain types of lessons actually require larger groups, hence our Speech & Drama classes max out at 20 - we split them at this point. 15 is very comfortable, but should we split to 7 or 8 that generally makes for a less effective class. Conversely however, as children mature there is also benefit in working in smaller drama groups, but that can still be very effectively managed in classes of 15-20 as the benefits of group learning listed above are very much at work, where smaller drama groups can learn from each other.

Short answer: Very Carefully

Long answer: A rigourous interview & selection procedure can take us a fair way down the road to finding the teachers we are looking for. But it is by no means the whole answer, because the special qualities we are looking for only really show themselves in real life interaction. Of course, teaching credentials and experience are critical. But well beyond that is an ability to connect with a culture that sporns organic growth where learning and quality go hand in hand. Beta Gramma's culture is still in its formative years, and we are willing to stand on the shoulders of giants and can learn a lot from organisations like this when it comes to expressing our identity, But the qualities we seek are not what you might think.

What qualities? As this answer will surely be read by our future teachers as well as our parents, we are not ready (yet) to share in detail what those special qualities are. "Why not?" you may ask. Well, we have two reasons for that as follows.

  • Our first reason for being careful about the qualities we seek is cautious optimism. Like any successful small business we are thriving based on the initial efforts of our founders - it is their qualities both as teachers and business leaders that have enabled Beta Gramma to serve educational solutions to hundreds of students over the last 4 years, and which also strongly impact our vision and culture. But for us to continue to grow we will need a wider cultural influence than that small initial platform. Hence, we are able and willing to learn from our team of experienced teachers all of whom can add something to who we are - and we hope that will always be the case.

  • But more importantly, we dont' want to squeeze oranges and get lemon juice. Let me use the analogy of marriage. Surely it's much better to really get to know a person first, before you ask them to marry you? And a few interviews plus a background check and a pre-nuptial is not sufficent for a successful marriage. So although we are looking for oranges in our teaching environment, we will at times get lemon juice instead! Such people may be really great teachers, but may just not fit our culture or agree with what we are trying to achieve.

    So how do we solve that problem? Well, rather than focusing on the culture we want, first we do the very best we can to asses our applicants and choose only those who have a proven record of teaching success. This way all our teachers deliver high quality learning experiences from their starting point with us. Then we initiate a get-to-know-you process where, over time, we marry up our cultural identity with the qualities we find in our teachers. In 2015 we will also initiate regular dialogues and coaching to increase awareness in our teachers of what Beta Gramma is all about. And as you can imagine, this will lead to a natural selection process over time where we feel sure we will develop a strong base of educators who not only can teach, but care for the same values that we have as a group.

Short answer: Call us on 016-335-0197 for details.

Long answer: Our pricing varies according to the programme. We are competitive, effective, and represent great value for money. We also provide package prices for families and multiple classes. The best way to engage with us is to pay us a visit - you will get a much better idea of what you are buying into.

Short answer: For special cases only - call us on 016-335-0197 to discuss your situation.

Long answer: A private class create a very different study environment to group learning. It does work, and is useful in certain situations but, overall, more learning is usually achieved in small group lessons. We do, however, recognize that 1-1 tuition can solve certain problems, so if you feel your child needs such attention do call us to discuss further - we will always talk to you.

FAQ's for Learning English

Short answer: You don't have to - but it really helps!

Long answer: There are 3 reasons why Enrichment classes are a useful addition to your child's learning schedule.

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