Our History

TESOL Diploma

2021

In response to our changing world, we launched our online course –Certificate in Engaging Online Learners. In this way, we continually drive at the cutting edge of teaching.

Aimed at teachers conducting online lessons for children from the ages of 5 to 16, the course provides teachers with the best strategies from K-12 experts. Participating teachers will learn to use a host of tools for effective online classes, such as ClassIn, Miro, and Kahoot. This course covers modules such as Online Classroom Management, Online Instructional Design, Gamification, and more!

2019

2019 marked the start of our journey into digital learning.

A progressive, forward-thinking training organisation, we started e-learning for modules 1 and 4 of our Diploma in TESOL programme. This enhances our students’ learning opportunities, allowing them to learn more flexibly and conveniently, from wherever they are located. Paperless learning also increases the productivity of teachers and students alike, as it enables them to plan for their lessons with ease.

Module 1 is the Language Theory module and Module 4 is the Linguistics and Language Teaching module.

2017

March: British Education Centre organised a teaching trip to Bandung for our students to experience teaching ESL to over 200 local students at SekolahCerdasMuthahhari and Batera.

April: Since 4th April 2017, British Education Centre (BEC) has collaborated with Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) to provide free English lessons to the residents from HOME.

2016

The Committee for Private Education, Singapore, renewed our licence as a private school with four-year registration status from 19 November 2016 to 18 November 2020.

BEC launched the Hello Friday project in June 2016. Eleven free ESL lessons were delivered by our TESOL diploma graduates to twelves selected students coming from Vietnam, Myanmar, Russia and Korea. The lessons were carried out in small groups.

Together with our trainee teachers, BEC provided free English lessons for the participants coming from Fei Yue Services.

2015

Relocating after five successful years at 44A Club Street, our new premises at nearby 51B Amoy Street opened in early July.

2014

Our second ASEAN Community Bursary was awarded, covering 100% of course and registration fees for the Diploma in TESOL course. The 2014 Bursary has been awarded to Ms Do Ngoc Tram from Vietnam.

2013

The contestants on ‘Say the Word’, a pronunciation game show launched on Channel 5 Singapore television for Mediacorp in November, were judged by BEC. Filming took place in August 2013.

Our first ASEAN Community Bursary was awarded, covering 100% of course and registration fees for the Diploma in TESOL course. The 2013 Bursary was awarded to Ms Tran Thanh Thuy Vinh from Vietnam.

The year also saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Stirling, Scotland.

2012

We had visits by UK TESOL academic staff of the University of Reading, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Wales, Newport. We had guest TESOL speakers – Tabitha Liu on teaching in East Africa with the LTTC Diploma in TESOL; Rob Tootell on teaching in Japan, Poland and France

The Council for Private Education, Singapore renewed our licence as a private school with four-year registration status.

2011

We became a donor to Child’s Dream (http://www.childsdream.org/) for school development in Laos. Child’s Dream is a charitable organisation that helps schools and children in need in the marginalised regions of Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia.

2009

We lowered the course fee for the LTTC Diploma in TESOL preparatory course under a School and Community Programme in response to the economic downturn that grew from 2008 into a recession in Singapore in the first part of 2009, with job and income losses. This fee reduction from S$2650 to S$2000 was for applicants who were retrenched or not retrenched but seeking work at the time.

2008

Eighteen primary school teachers from Dalian, China attended a series of training workshops delivered by us in August 2008 at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. The workshops covered classroom management, materials and assessment, use of song and rhyme, the ideal language teaching classroom and errors from translation and own-language interference.