Improving Literacy and Communication Skills

Having a good understanding of the English language is an essential part of being successful at Straits International School. We aim to help students to develop and refine the skills required to access the Cambridge English Curriculum. Our class sizes are small to ensure that collaborative learning is at the heart of our approach. We ensure that lessons are interactive and purposeful whilst fully preparing students.

Support of English needs is tiered by student requirements. Students are assessed at admissions and then throughout their time at the school. The structure for English is as follows;

Tier 1: English 1st Language - No charge

Tier 2: English Second Language - No charge

Tier 3: ESL + EAL Support - 300 RM/Monthly (in replacement of Mandarin lessons)

Tier 4: ESL + EAL Support + After School English - 300RM per month as well as per lesson charges after school (Approximately 35-40RM per session).

The EAL programme is about honing the language skills that sometimes cannot be reviewed during other lessons.


If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
‒Nelson Mandela


One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.
‒Frank Smith


Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.
‒Chinese Proverb




Autumn Term Recommended Reads by genre


Rot and ruin: Jonathan Maberry

Flesh and bone: Jonathan Maberry

Fire and ash: Jonathan Maberry


Mystery and Fantasy

Skellig: David Almond

The BFG: Roald Dahl

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White

The trumpet of the swan: E. B. White

Stuart Little: E.B.White


Teenage life

The Devil’s Angel: Kevin Brooks

The Doldrums: Nicholas Gannon


Science Fiction

The Iron Man: Ted Hughes

The Boy who drew the future: Rhian Ivory


Examples of work during the Autumn Term

Sae Takahashi (Year 9)

"We arrived at the beach. The beach was blue, like heaven. Me and my sister drove to the beach immediately like small children driving to a balloon game full of balls. It was cold but not too freezing. It was a nice temperature. My Dad finished settling the parasol and joined us in the sea. We swam to a deeper part of the sea and looked at the beautiful fish."


Ong Jia Sheng (Year 11)

"I went on a fishing trip with five of my friends near his grandfather’s house. The river was behind the house and it was very big an deep. The water was clear enough to swim in. We jumped happily into the river and the water was cool and refreshing; we enjoyed ourselves very much."

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