English Proficiency Programme

Contents
  1. Students who have not met the English Proficiency (EP) requirement: Fulfilling the EP requirement
    1. Introduction and FAQs
    2. SDE Course Details
    3. Registration Dates
    4. Flowchart on progression through EP
  2. Students who have met the EP requirement: How to register for self-improvement
    1. Registration dates

1. Students who have not met the English Proficiency (EP) requirement: Fulfilling the EP requirement

1a. Introduction and FAQs

A good command of English is important for students to successfully complete a degree programme. In order to help raise the level of English proficiency and to enhance academic performance by equipping students with necessary English Language skills relevant to both their academic and professional lives, the Teaching & Learning Centre developed a suite of English Proficiency (EP) courses, consisting of 5 online courses. One of them is a diagnostic course and the other 4 are language enhancement courses (LECs).

To find out whether you have or have not met the English Proficiency (EP) requirement, please refer to Singapore University of Social Sciences’s website.

For more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), please click on the PDF icon below.

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Note:

  • If you did not meet the EP requirement, it is mandatory for you to go through the EP programme. For more details on the various SDE courses available, please refer to Section 1b on SDE Course Details.
  • If you have met the EP requirement, but would like to enroll into SDE courses, please refer to Section 2a.

1b. SDE Course Details

Details of the diagnostic course and the language enhancement courses are listed below.

SDE101 Essential English Skills and English Proficiency Assessment

This course aims to diagnose students’ English Proficiency abilities and contains two English Proficiency Assessments (EPA) and a set of materials related to developing better listening, reading, and writing skills.

Course fees: Free for the first attempt, $36.90 (inclusive of GST) for the second attempt onwards
Delivery mode: Online

SDE102 Developing Academic Writing Skills

This course presents some of the operational aspects and essential skills necessary for producing written work of the required standard. The purpose of this course is to familiarise you with specific skills of writing to enable you to produce coherent and cohesive written assignments.

Course fees: S$70.60 (inclusive of GST).
Delivery mode: Online

SDE103 Grammar

This course aims to equip you with some of the foundational knowledge and skills required to construct grammatical sentences and to avoid common errors in English, so that you may communicate your ideas clearly and persuasively in your assignments and examinations. The course will take you through the nuts and bolts of grammar, and explore how words, phrases and clauses may be combined effectively into coherent sentences.

Course fees: Free
Delivery mode: Online

SDE104 Academic Reading

As a student at university, reading is the kind of academic activity that you are expected to engage in regularly, and your very survival as a student hinges on your ability to successfully use your reading materials in your assignments and examinations. Before you can incorporate your reading texts into your writing, you must first comprehend what you are reading. Reading materials that are used at university level study can be very sophisticated. It is thus important that you equip yourself with academic reading skills to help you wade your way through the sometimes murky body of knowledge.

Course fees: Free
Delivery mode: Online

SDE105 Academic Writing

This course helps students to develop core competencies in academic writing skills required at university. These generic and transferable skills will be useful in writing all academic reports and essays.

Course fees: S$79.20 (inclusive of GST).
Delivery mode: Online

1c. Registration Dates

How to register for SDE courses if you did not meet the EP requirement, i.e. it is mandatory for you to enroll into SDE courses.

  1. Login to Student Portal.
  2. Click on "E-Services" on the left menu.
  3. Click on "English Proficiency" in Student eService.
  4. Click on "English Proficiency Registration"

Semester

Term

Registration Period for Required Students

Course Duration

End-of-course Deadline

    Opens on Closes On    

July

2

7 Sep 2020 3pm*

13 Sep 2020 9pm

14 Sep – 25 Oct 2020

18 Dec 2020

January

1

15 Dec 2020 3pm*

3 Jan 2021 9pm

4 Jan – 14 Feb 2021

14 Feb 2021

January

2

8 Mar 2021 3pm*

14 Mar 2021 9pm

15 Mar – 25 Apr 2021

25 Jun 2021

July

1

15 Jun 2021 3pm*

4 Jul 2021 9pm

5 Jul – 15 Aug 2021

15 Aug 2021

July

2

6 Sep 2021 3pm*

12 Sep 2021 9pm

13 Sep – 24 Oct 2021

18 Dec 2021

*Note: For students who have met the EP requirement, please register via the ‘Event Service Online’ module in your Student Portal instead. Registration dates can be found in Section 2a below.

1d. Flowchart on progression through EP

Please click HERE if you are unable to view the image below.

2. For students who have already met EP requirement: How to register for self-improvement?

The SDE courses are compulsory for the group of students stated in Section 1a but are optional for the rest of the students. If you have met the EP requirement but would like to strengthen your English efficacy, you are welcome to register for any of the courses (charges as stated in Section 1b). All of the courses are available for registration every term. Please refer below for the course duration and registration period.

You will receive a grade if you attempt the assessments in the courses, but the final grade does not count towards your credit units or CGPA.

2a. Registration Dates

  1. Login to Student Portal.
  2. Click on "e-Services" on the left menu.
  3. Click on "Event Service Online" in Student eService.
  4. Click on the "Event ID" of the specific SDE course(s) you wish to register for.

Semester

Term

Registration Period for Opt In Students

Course Duration

End-of-course Deadline

    Opens on Closes On    

July

2

3 Aug 2020

23 Aug 2020

14 Sep – 25 Oct 2020

18 Dec 2020

January

1

2 Dec 2020

20 Dec 2020

4 Jan – 14 Feb 2021

14 Feb 2021

January

2

8 Feb 2021

28 Feb 2021

15 Mar – 25 Apr 2021

25 Jun 2021

July

1

1 Jun 2021

20 Jun 2021

5 Jul – 15 Aug 2021

15 Aug 2021

July

2

2 Aug 2021

22 Aug 2021

13 Sep – 24 Oct 2021

18 Dec 2021