Why Study English @ TMC Academy?

English Learning Made Fun

  • Dynamic and interactive classes
  • Excursions every school term
  • Make friends from all corners of the world!

Conducive Learning Environment

  • Low teacher-student ratio – you get the attention required to learn effectively.
  • Students may approach teachers who are stationed at the Independent Learning Centre to assist with school work.

Experienced International Teachers

  • Learn from teachers from the UK, the US, Europe and Singapore!
  • Our native English speaking teachers bring with them a strong English foundation with innovative teaching methods.

Exclusive Benefits & Support for Students Taking IELTS

  • As an official referral agent for IELTS, our students have access to exclusive benefits and support. Speak to us for more information.

Hawthorn Language School

Hawthorn Language School is an learning centre within TMC Academy.

The Hawthorn English Programme was established by the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1986. In 2003, TMC Academy took on the franchise of Hawthorn Singapore, as part of the worldwide network of Hawthorn Language Centres. From 2009, Hawthorn Singapore became fully independent under TMC Academy, and continues to deliver the same rigorous and high quality English programmes under the brand name Hawthorn Language School.

Get a head start at Hawthorn Language School by developing a strong foundation as you hone your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. We also offer a preparatory course for the IELTS examination upon request.

Certificate in English

The Certificate in English programme consists of nine levels from Beginner to Advanced. At the lower language levels, the emphasis is almost entirely on General English, while ensuring a smooth transition to the subsequent EAP (English for Academic Purposes) component.

General English follows a syllabus of grammatical, lingual, phonological, textual and functional/contextual language, featured in an integrated and carefully planned sequence. Through student-centred tasks and projects of increasing complexity, this leads into the Academic English unit and also prepares students to become independent and self-directed learners.

Academic English covers a range of language skills and activities specific to academic contexts, including reading for gist, summarising, listening to lectures, essay and report-writing, and making presentations. Study skills includes note-taking, getting and transferring information from text, tables and diagrams, summarising arguments, planning papers and dissertations and where appropriate IT skills.

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Mr Andrew, Hawthorn Teacher - Chang Zhou Vocational Institute of Machatronic Technology visit TMC Academy

Holiday English

Only have a few weeks to spare? Join the Holiday English Short Course! This course is specially designed for students from countries with Summer and Winter holidays. Many have joined us on the Holiday English experience and thoroughly enjoyed their stay here!

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Age is just a number, English is universal. Say hello to fellow students from Korea!
Group Photo @ Holiday English Certificate Ceremony
Friends from Vietnam! Did you know? Our placement test help us to understand your English level and arrange the appropriate classes for you.
Group Photo @ Parallel Education X TMC Holiday English
Experience is the best (English) teacher, welcoming students from China!
Thai Student Holiday English Group Photo
Sawadikap little champs from Thailand! Holiday are the seasons of games & English! Have fun playing, have fun studying!

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the global leading high stake English test which is recognised by over 10,000 organisations.  The IELTS test has two test format, IELTS Academic test and General Training test; both are designed to serve different purposes.

The IELTS Academic test is mainly required by universities or academic institutions as part of an entrance requirement test to demonstrate the student has the necessary English proficiency level to meet the rigorous course subjects delivered by the universities or academic institutions the individual has applied to.

The IELTS General Training test is mainly required by government organisation as part of the individual / applicant migration application process to demonstrate the individual / applicant has the necessary English competency level to communicate in English once they have relocated to the new country.

IDP Education Limited is the co-owner of IELTS and we have appointed TMC Academy as a Referral Agent.  Please approach TMC Academy for further details on how we can serve your IELTS needs.

IDP IELTS New Logo Updated Nov 2017

Hawthorn Teachers Profile


Hawthorn English Teacher

Andrew is a Language Pathfinder who believes that the more languages you know, the more opportunities to find what you’re looking for in life you get. (People say that there is only one true soulmate for everyone, however, nobody says that your soulmate must speak your own language, right?!) Andrew likes to mix the traditional […]

Mr. Kevin Guinther

Hawthorn English Teacher

Mr. Guinther (USA) teaches English at TMC College. His teaching experience includes MOE secondary schools, international schools, and colleges in Singapore. He has a Bachelor of Arts (English) cum laude from California State University, Fresno, USA. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education (English) from the National Institute of Education. He has conducted teacher training […]

Hawthorn Clubs & Activities

Hawthorn excursions give students the opportunity to apply their English skills outside the classroom, in real-life settings.

Take pictures and improve your English, as you describe what you see to your classmates!

Learn new vocabulary and improve your listening skill while watching a movie!

If you want to improve your English speaking skills, all you need to do is SPEAK and LISTEN.

Work with a variety of materials to develop your creative expression! Fun project themes available for each session.

Music is a language the whole world speaks. Learn English phrases while moving to the beat!

Student Testimonials