istinguishing Excellence 
through Mrs DE

Hi I am Mrs Nora de Silva, a specialist English Language and English Literature teacher and curriculum developer (Victoria Junior College, Raffles Institution Gifted Education Programme https://rafflesiantimes.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/a-conversation-with-professor-andrew-ng/  and Nanyang Girls' High School GEP. I have the rare distinction of being one of the very few teachers who can claim to having taken many students from the Singapore (SEAB) PSLE EL to A levels General Paper.

"Why do I need an English tutor for my child, you might ask?"  Parents click here

English enrichment lessons
devised and taught by an ex-RI GEP teacher, who
  • was involved in curriculum design in the pivotal 1st 10 years of Singapore's Gifted Education Programme (the precursor of Singapore's Integrated Programme)
  • is an English Language and Literature specialist (not a cross-over Sec/JC Geog/History/Econs specialist or in primary school, a Maths/Science teacher)
  • is a "Lit-crusader", 
  • is familiar with the route to scholarship awards (even sifted out President's Scholars when they were only Sec 2!),
  • has taught humanities scholars in a top JC, as well students from mainstream schools but with special needs (dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's, expressive language disorder, specific language disability, to name a few),
  • has converted erstwhile Maths-inclined students and computer geeks into published poets,
  • has transformed students from Chinese Language dominant family backgrounds into humanities scholars,
  • has helped the lower Sec ACS(Ind) students make the cut (with my Lit Unseen Poetry prog) to get into the International Baccalaureate programme,
  • has motivated Normal stream students to make that jump to Express stream,
  • served as practicum trainer/examiner for professional courses for senior PSLE EL teachers,
Interested parents and students can SMS me at 81386011.

Where: 20 Kramat Lane, United House, 05-02, Singapore 228773
(near Dhoby Ghaut & Somerset MRT stations, behind Concorde Hotel)
Ten weekly, ongoing English enrichment lessons per term (largely following the Singapore school terms)

12 per class: fee $569. To enrol in current classes, please SMS 81386011 for more information.

Schedule of English enrichment classes
(one and a half hrs/lesson)

General Paper
Sat/Sun 9.30am

Upp Sec EL
Wed/ Thurs / Fri

Core Sec ELL
(EL & Literature)
 Tues/ Wed / Thurs / Fri

Tues 5.30pm / Sat

Each programme= 2 distinct full-yr programmes, so to benefit from the programmes, start as soon as you can, don't wait till the final year!

  • General Paper (earliest start year: JC1)
  • Upper Sec EL (earliest start year: Sec 3)
  • Core Sec ELL (earliest start year: Sec 1) for all exam pathways in Singapore, Express stream O levels, Integrated Prog A level, Integrated Prog International Baccalaureate & the IGCSE, with lessons on Lit Unseen Poetry, Lit Unseen Prose, Studying Shakepeare & Studying Set Texts)
  • PSLE English Language (earliest start year: Pri 5)

One-to-one English enrichment lessons 

  • Error analysis & exam coaching for students with special needs or hybrid conditions (usually post-intervention, eg. a dyslexia specialist might refer a gifted but dyslexic student to me)
  • Study skills, learning styles profiling and self-motivation strategies
  • SATs (Scholastic Achievement Tests)

For information on available places, SMS (+65) 81386011  Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm

with info on -

  • Level in school
  • Exam pathway & stream
  • How you found out about my programmes


For first-time overseas enquiries, pls use whatsapp to text me.

My students come from all over Singapore, from
  • independent schools like Anglo-Chinese Sch (Ind), Raffles Institution (JC & Sec), Hwa Chong Institution (JC & Sec),  
  • autonomous schools (such as Zhong Hua Sec Sch, Tanjong Katong Sec Sch), 
  • mainstream as well as GEP primary schools and 
  • junior colleges in Singapore, 
  • international schools (in Singapore) and schools overseas (United World College (SIN), ST Paul's Prep (UK), School of the Arts (SOTA),  School of Science and Technology, Hwa Chong Institution (International), St Joseph's Institution (International).  The list is still growing.

 Why do I need a tutor for my child, you might ask?

Give them confidence, a headstart in school, cover gaps in their knowledge and understanding, convey the passion for an area of study, make them appreciate the rigour in the study of a subject, devise strategies for tackling the exam, offer targeted practice, trace the origins of a field of scholarship, and establish connections between different classes of subjects, chart out a path for developing their skills in their subject, demonstrate ethical research practices, prompt and initiate higher-order thinking, make the correlation between what’s studied and what’s happening, and above all, help the student make that natural transition from doing well in a subject to having an enduring regard for the subject. In short, to a make a scholar of your child.