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Creative Horizons - Discussion

Postby Poonie » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:02 pm

Does anyone know how this centre is compared to TLL? Any feedback will be much appreciated.

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Creative Horizon vs Learning Lab

Postby cornucopia » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:44 pm

Hi all, how is Creative Horizons compare to Learning Lab? Heard Creative Horizons is excellent in creative writing. Anyone out there care to share? :lol:

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Creative Horizons English Enrichment Centre

Postby sammifan » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:30 pm

There's a new English Enrichment starting next year at Eastgate called Creative Horizons. Anyone care to share with us your/ your child's experience there and whether their program is good.

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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby Jackietang » Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:34 pm

Hi, I have two kids in Creative Horizons and they have improved in their compos. What I like about them is that my kids like the lessons and they also have results to show for it.

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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby sleepy » Wed Oct 12, 2011 8:02 pm

What about their eastgate branch? Is it a franchise?

Anyone has experience with that center?

Fees rather steep though at $47 each lesson

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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby markfch » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:19 pm

My ds (P1) has been with CH for almost 3 terms now. What I can say is that they have a systematic way of teaching the language and also possess pretty high expectation. DS scores from the regular compre assessments ranges from 3/12 :yikes: to 10/12. An 8/12 score will usually get the work posted in the notice board. His essay writing is usually rated only fair.

Don't get me wrong, ds is actually quite strong in English; at least his sch FT thinks so. The low score is because CH marks the exercises quite strictly. If ans not straight to the point, zero mark that kind.

I think it's unnecessary to compare between different ctrs as they each has different characteristics and target market. I strongly recommend CH, but imho, to reap maximum benefit, the child should already have a good foundation in the language as they teach pretty fast.
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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby Jackietang » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:43 am

sleepy wrote:What about their eastgate branch? Is it a franchise?

Anyone has experience with that center?

Fees rather steep though at $47 each lesson


Mine are at Eastgate branch. It's not franchise. I read in another thread that the prices are comparative for English enrichment classes. Also someone suggested the reason for the cost was teachers were all U grads with teaching experience. What I am happy is that the teachers are familiar with school syllabus and give the extra touch to help my children when we need.

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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby sleepy » Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:16 pm

markfch, Jackietang

Thanks for the feedback :smile:

Fees wise I'm comparing against Mind Stretcher High Achiever class (for band 1 students only) hence the impression CH fees seems rather steep comparatively.

Okay, fees aside, I'm interested to find out what is CH's differentiating factor? How big is the class size? Its strenght is in creative writing or both paper 1 & 2?

Appreciate your sharing. Thanks so much!


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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby markfch » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:17 pm

sleepy,

What is CH's differentiating factor? Sorry I didn't have too much experience with different enrichment ctrs so I can't really compare. Personally, the things I like about CH - at least in the Palais Renaissance branch - are:

- Teachers are mostly experienced ex-MOE teachers or former journalist. They should be in their 30s and above so we're talking about loads of experience here.

- DS's teacher is able to engage and guide (control) the class. This trait definitely requires experience in handling children.

- They have a well established teaching syllabus. Eg. I know in advance all the topics they are going to cover within the term as the schedule is given to parents in the first week.

- They tend to focus half the time on creative writing/compre/story telling, the other half on grammar/vocab as far as I can tell. A very interesting method used in compre is that they provide the answers and probe the students to write down the questions asked. A bit of reverse engineering from the norm.

- For creative writing - at least for P1 - they don't make the students memorise phrases. Instead, they try to teach the students to "join" the sentences cohesively. You know, the passages should flow smoothly without gaps in the story.

- There is no homework, everything is done in class.

- There are notice boards where the better works are displayed weekly. Serves as a kind of incentive.

- Max class size is 10; but it's usually less than that.

All this from my experience of sending my kid to their P1 class. They're quite low profile as they don't really appear to focus on their marketing (for some reason).

What I don't like about that place is that it costs me a whopping $5.80 to park there for less than 2 hrs. So I've to go park somewhere else and walk when I'm not in a lazy mood.
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Re: Creative Horizon at Palais Renaissance - English Enrichm

Postby maltbibi » Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:47 pm

Hi Markfch

Can share which teacher is your child under?

Thanks.

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