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At Secondary school, your child needs to be inspired to achieve the best possible results in English.
The Critical Reading & Writing (CRW) Strategy taught by our inspiring teachers will help your child achieve Distinction.

Strategic Approach

Cognitus Academy’s Secondary English Programme is designed by
our team of curriculum specialists led by Dr Daniel Chua.

At Cognitus Academy, our programme is crafted to MEET every child’s level of readiness and motivate them to achieve their FULL potential. Through our own passion for the English language, our trained and experienced teachers ignite students’ LOVE and INTEREST in English.

Our Strategy

Using strategies taught to students in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP),
our Secondary programme is built upon years of experience teaching,
designing curriculum, marking exams and designing assessment modes in schools.
We can’t wait to share them with you!

Critical Reading and Writing principles used in MOE’s Gifted Education Programme form the basis of Cognitus Academy’s English programmes. Don’t worry. Although these strategies are taught to gifted students, our programmes are DOWN-TO-EARTH techniques that have helped students of all abilities improve and excel.

4 levels of Critical Reading

In the 4 levels of Critical Reading, paraphrasing and identifying main ideas
are foundational skills for doing well in Secondary English exams.

The deeper levels of critical reading (analysing text logic, evaluating text logic and understanding the writer’s intent) set Cognitus' students apart from all others in the O Level English exams.

8 Elements of Thought

Students are taught to dissect essay questions and analyse texts through the 8 Elements of Thought

Credits: This diagram is taken from Paul and Elder’s theory on Critical Thinking.

✔ Purpose: What are the objectives of this text/essay/image?
✔ Question at issue: What is the issue of contention involved?
✔ Information: What type of data do I need to answer the question?
✔ Interpretation and Inference: How can the information be applied to the question?
✔ Concepts: What are the theories and concepts that I need to know?
✔ Assumptions: What are the underlying beliefs and assumptions of the question/text?
✔ Implications and Consequences: What will happen if my answer/proposal is implemented?
✔ Point-of-view: What are the different points-of-view relevant to this text/question? 

Here's why our parents and students love the CRW Strategy!

"They look forward to lessons with Dr Chua. Everyone participates actively during class discussions as the learning environment is conducive "
Parent of
Marcus & Robyn, Secondary 1 & 2
"She enjoys the lessons and look forward weekly , which as parents is great to see her motivated to keep learning"
Parent of
Cheryl, Secondary 1
"To other parents who are reading this, I strongly recommend you to Cognitus Academy. It is really WORTH giving it a try and you see that your child enjoys the learning process."
Parent of
Twylla, Secondary 2
"Harshini enjoys her weekly lesson. She has progressed academically very well too."
Parent of
Harshini, Secondary 1

Thanks for taking time to read about our Secondary programme.
These are the underlying principles behind some of the strategies taught to gifted kids.
We want mainstream students to also benefit from them because we have seen how powerful they can be.
If you want your child to try out our Critical Reading and Writing strategies,
sign up using the form below.