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I Can Read is Asia’s leading literacy provider. We have had over 300,000 success stories in our 160 centres, spanning 14 countries. Our success stems from utilising the findings from our founder's 15 year Ph.D. study into the psychology of how students learn to read. I Can Read focuses on reading, but also provides students with the key Writing and Speaking skills they need to be successful in Primary School. 


Developed by educational psychologists, the I Can Read Programme is student-centred and outcome-based taught by internationally qualified English Reading Specialists using the I Can Read method. Our classes are focused and fun. Parents are kept informed of the progress their child has made, in the learning areas of each course. I Can Read achieves results, giving our students the literacy skills they need as they progress in their education. 


Little learners
Children under the age of 4 years are characterised by a need to follow their own interests and a need to feel safe as they explore and learn about the world.

The first requirement of this course is that the child is encouraged to feel emotionally safe. This means that the child is happy to come into the room and explore its contents without anxiety or concern as to his or her caregiver’s whereabouts. The teacher will offer the child a “child-friendly environment” which allows the child to explore activities and achieve a measure of comfort and success as he or she does so. Second, the teacher will work to engage the child is a basic dialogue that encourages the child to enjoy interacting with the teacher. The child’s expressive language skills are addressed and the child is helped to communicate his or her needs and to learn to chat with the teacher.

Language skills development will include expression and reception of spoken language and comprehension. Because the child under the age of four years needs to develop the imagination, stories, activities and games are presented to encourage the use of the imagination. When the child is able to focus, make eye contact and interact with the teacher, there will the opportunity for dramatic play, song, shared rhymes and movement activities.

The child will be guided to gain skills developmentally including fine and gross motor skills development. The child will gain new concepts to do with numeracy, shape, colour and function.

Little Learners is a child friendly course for the child beginning to learn to explore, discover and express himself. He or she needs to feel safe and comfortable within the learning environment and to be able to learn how to work through activities. Social skills are emphasised as the child develops the awareness that he is not the centre of the universe. As he or she learns to acknowledge the existence of others, communicate with them, making sustained eye contact and expressing himself or herself more clearly, then he or she will be evaluated. When ready, the child will be promoted to the next course called Thinking and Creative Skills.

Thinking & Creative Skills

The focus of the Thinking and Creative Skills Course is on the development of oral communication skills. It is an interactive language-based course, designed to encourage students to use the English language to express themselves.

Our TCS classrooms are bright and cheerful. They are well equipped with games, toys, puzzles and books of both a fun and an educational nature–they are designed to be environments in which students enjoy spending time.

Typically a child ready for TCS is one who has gained the social maturity to attend a class for 1.5 hours, and who shows both confidence and a curiosity to learn.

The extending of the students’ English vocabulary and word meaning is an important learning outcome of the TCS course. An expanded vocabulary opens up new opportunities for children in terms of self-awareness and world-awareness and enables them to expressively communicate with others.

Lessons are taught according to themes, allowing for a specific thematic vocabulary to be learned each lesson. The teacher will vary activities to ensure that the students are fully motivated during the entire lesson.

Lessons will include:
  • Activities to encourage interactive oral communication, such as greeting the teacher and other students, asking and answering questions and participating in classroom conversations
  • Activities to encourage expressive language, such as singing, reciting rhymes and poems and performing plays
  • Receptive language activities to encourage active listening which is essential for comprehension, such as following instructions given by the teacher or playing games such as ‘I Spy’ or ‘Simon Says’
  • Speech and Drama
  • Extending English vocabulary and word meanings
  • Story-time and oral comprehension
  • TCS is a pre reading-course. However, it is in this course that students, through interactive activities with their teacher, develop awareness that each spoken word is a combination of smaller sounds. We call this emerging phonemic awareness, and typically once a TCS student shows consistency in accessing first sounds in words, they will be considered for promotion.
As with all I Can Read Courses, teachers will also consider each child’s emotional maturity prior to recommending promotion to the next course.

Preliminary Reading Course

Preliminary Reading course (PRP) is a foundation course for I Can Read. The skills that students learn are those specifically needed for learning to read using the I Can Read System.

For entry into the course, students must at the very least be able to identify and express first sounds in words.

In each PRC lesson the teacher works with the students on sounds or phonemes. Often but not always children are quick to learn first sounds, while last sounds can take a little longer as students struggle to hear the entire word, and middle sounds longer still with their tricky long or short vowels.

Each lesson is 1.5 hours in duration and class size will not exceed 8 students, allowing for both group and individual work.

During lessons, students will:
  • Practice first, middle and last sounds of words
  • Practice blending sounds together
  • Practice segmenting words into their individual sounds
  • Learn to associate each sound to its corresponding letter
  • Practice word counting
  • Practice identifying syllables

PRC is ability based. There is no set time for completion of the course, however generally a K3 or younger student will be in the course for 12 months, while a P1 or older student may take around 8-12 months to acquire the skills and confidence needed for promotion.

Promotion comes after a teacher assessment that shows the student is able to approach text with an awareness that sound is represented by letters and that by combining and blending the sound-letter sequences, words can be decoded and understood.

For more information, please contact your nearest I Can Read Centre.


The I Can Read Course is a 2 year structured course designed to develop independent readers. By structured we mean that classes of up to 8 students all start the course at the same time and progress together week by week until finishing.

A typical I Can Read student has a strong phonemic awareness, they can identify first, middle and last sounds of words and are both able to blend sounds together and also segment words into their various sounds. For the first year students work systematically through a series of workbooks designed to teach and reinforce one new sound each week. The students are taught to identify sounds via the use of a series of I Can Read proprietary diacritical marks or clues.

During the first year each lesson contains:
  • A recap of the sounds previously learned
  • The introduction of a new sound
  • An introduction to new English vocabulary and word meanings
  • The reading of two stories containing the new sound – both in groups and individually with the teacher
  • A simple written activity – heavily supported by the classroom teacher
  • A spelling test
  • The assigning of reading, comprehension and spelling homework


During the second year, students progress onto a novel and a series of sound based story books designed to help students reduce reliance on the diacritical marks, and rely more on the reading skills now embedded into their long-term memory.

During the second year, each lesson contains:
  • Reading from the novel
  • Reading from the sound based storybooks
  • Oral comprehension
  • Written comprehension
  • A grammar exercise
  • A spelling test
  • The assigning of reading and spelling homework
At the conclusion of 2 years it is expected that the students will be reading and comprehending age appropriate books with confidence and fluency.


Master of English Early Intermediate
Our MOE Early Intermediate course will allow students to expand on the reading skills they have developed in the previous programme and begin to develop their comprehension skills. Students will also work on basic writing and grammar. Oral development will continue to advance.

Master of English Intermediate

At this level our students are reading independently, so our Teachers begin to assist them more with creative writing, grammar and oral presentation skills.  Students in this course will have developed their oral English to the point where they can participate in critical discussions, basic debates and more advanced oral presentations.

Master of English Upper Intermediate

Students in this course will be approaching proficiency in the use of the English language. They will undertake advanced writing tasks, work on the finer points of grammar and comprehension, and participate in advanced oral English activities