Advanced Specialist Certificate in Teaching Reading and Writing


Please download the application forms under the ‘Application Details’ section.


  • This course deals with the principles, design and procedures in teaching reading and writing in ESL/EFL situations within a multimodal world.
  • The integration of theory and classroom practice will be achieved via journal writing, sample lesson plans and micro-teaching sessions.
  • Key theories of reading and writing and current approaches to teaching reading and writing will be explored and discussed vis-à-vis the course participants’ teaching and learning contexts.
  • There will be a special focus on helping participants to make the transition from using traditional print-based to multimodal materials.


By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire an up-to-date knowledge of theories, principles and practices in the teaching of reading and writing; and
  • Discuss and develop lessons in teaching different reading and writing skills and sub-skills.


3 weeks (54 hours)


This course is conducted on-site and in-person through:

  • Face-to-face lessons (10 sessions X 3 hours = 30 hours); and
  • Independent online learning/Self-directed group discussion/Flipped learning/Consultation
    (8 X 3 hours = 24 hours).


Description of Modules

This course consists of six modules:

  • Three are delivered in a blended mode, combining on-line and face-to-face teaching; and
  • Three are delivered entirely face-to-face at RELC.

The sequence and mode of delivery of the modules are subject to change.




  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Writing




  • Assignments (e.g., Lesson Plan and Microteaching) and
  • Written Exam

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the course are:

  1. An approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL or Education;
  2. At least two years of full-time English language teaching experience or experience in English language/curriculum planning and language development programmes; and
  3. Candidates must meet the minimum language scores for any of the following:
    • IELTS: 6.5;
    • TOEFL: 550 paper-based; 213 computer-based; 79 internet based;
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE): minimum score of 65 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 58) is required;
    • GCE O Level English: B4 and above;
    • GCE A Level General Paper: C6 and above; or
    • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): C and above
    • SPM 1119 English: B and above (GPK/PNG 3.00 and above)/Kepujian Tinggi and above
    • STPM General Paper/English Literature: B- and above (CGPA/HGMP 2.67 and above)
    • Malaysian University English test (MUET): B and 4 and above
    • CU TEP with a score of 65 (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) and above
    • APTIS (all four macro skills) B2 and above

Note: Applicants who do not meet Criterion (3) are required to pass the RELC English selection test.

Application Details

Closing Date : 03 November 2023

Applications can be sent via email at 

Please submit the following documents for your  application:

  • Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • RELC Medical Examination Form (for overseas applicants only)
  • Copies of your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • Copies of your transcripts, certified by your institution. Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English. (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)
  • Copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email At


Year 2024 Course Fees

Tuition Fees: SGD 1,730.00 (excluding GST*)

Registration Fees: SGD 78.00 (excluding GST*) 

* Course fees exclude 9% GST, which will be added during payment.


  • All fees are subject to change without notice;
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

Payment of Fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of SGD 50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.

Refund Policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable;
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing;
  • An Administration Fee of SGD 160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation/withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid are non-refundable if the notice cancellation/withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the course successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. A course participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature. 

  • Satisfy class attendance requirements;
  • Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work; and
  • Complete all assignments and a written exam.


The course will lead to the award of an Advanced Specialist Certificate in Teaching Reading and Writing.