Monica Sharma Menon

Our Curriculum is designed by Monica Menon. Monica is a trained educator and facilitator who crafts and delivers various English Language programmes and curriculum designs for tertiary institutions and adult educators. Her career in education spans 25 years and includes teaching English Language and Communications at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

She was awarded a full scholarship to do her Masters degree by research. Upon completion, Monica moved on to Teacher Education and Consultancy. She currently supervises student teachers and tutors on various courses for the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Prior to working as a professional Trainer cum Facilitator, her last appointment with the Ministry of Education (Singapore) was Head of the English Language and Literature Department at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School. In her role as a leader in education, she has provided many educators and fledging leaders with professional guidance and personal development, in order to ensure they are able to carry out their people development skills and curriculum design effectively. At Words Worth, she evaluates the Teaching Methods and Pedagogy.

In 2016, Monica worked with the British Council (Singapore) on their Secondary English Language Curriculum. She is currently working with them on their Primary Curriculum.
Monica was also the Vice–President of the English Language and Literature Teacher’s Association from 2005 to 2010.
Her firm grounding in pedagogy and the ability to marry theory with practice has enabled her to pursue her passion in curriculum design and mentorship in order to improve the quality of English Language teaching and learning in Singapore.
Monica is based in Singapore and is engaged in training and curriculum design in the Asia Pacific Region.

Professional Qualifications

  • Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics)
  • Bachelors of Arts (Hons)
  • Diploma in Education
  • Certificate in Education

Publications

  • Li, J.Y., Green, N., Menon, M. (2008). Professional Practice: Partnering with Educators, Professionals and Families. In Wright, S., Cohen, L., (Eds), Special Education: Perspectives and Practices (68-82). Singapore: Pearson.
  • Menon, S.M. (2009). Evaluating Project Work: Research Tools for Schools, Committees & Supervising Tutors. In Pillai, A.D. & Ellis, M. (Eds), Project Work: Exploring Practices, Processes and Strategies (177-183). Singapore: Pearson.
  • Menon, S.M. (2013). All About English: Upper Secondary Comprehension. Singapore: Pearson
  • Walker. Z, Menon. M, Michael, M (2015). Engaging Parents: A Practical Approach for Education Officers. Academy of Teachers. Singapore: Ministry of Education

Community Service and Projects

  • Language Reviewer: Principles of Accounts (Syllabus 2014 and Teaching and Learning Guide) – A project in collaboration with Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Singapore
  • Vice President – English Language and Literature Teachers’ Association Singapore (2005-2010)

Course Specialisations

  • Communication Skills for Professionals
  • Handling Difficult Conversations
  • Mentor the Mentors
  • Resource Planning Strategies
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Language Teaching Approaches
  • Accommodating Students with Mild Disabilities in Mainstream Classrooms
  • Engaging Parents: A Practical Approach
  • Educational Psychology
  • Language Teaching Approaches
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Teacher as Researcher

Corporate Training

  • Turbo One Singapore
  • Enterprise Business Consulting Asia
  • Inland Revenue Authority

Institutions Served

  • National Institute of Education
  • Nanyang Institute of Management
  • Singapore Polytechnic
  • Cedar Girls’ Secondary
  • CHIJ Katong Convent
  • MOE – South 4 Cluster
  • Stamford Primary
  • Fairfield Methodist Secondary
  • Eden School
  • Pathlight School

Richa Ahuja

Richa co-writes the curriculum at Words Worth, and teaches Secondary, IGCSC, and IB classes in English Language and Literature. She also conducts classes in Public Speaking and presentation skills. Richa is trained to teach students with special needs.

Richa is a freelance writer and editor for Adept Learning, and has published in magazines such as Ace, Horizons, and Beyond that are circulated in schools. She has also edited publications for NIE, and freelanced for the Rajaratnam School of International Relations. Richa has also worked with Pearson Education to edit the All About English (Secondary 1 Express) Textbook that is widely used in schools.

Prior to joining Words Worth, Richa taught at Hougang Secondary School, where, in charge of the English Drama Club, saw her club win a Certificate of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival. She was also nominated for the Inspiring Teacher of English Award. Richa was a member of Toastmasters International, Singapore chapter, where she honed her skills in public speaking and presentation, and developed her passion for training students in the art of public speaking.

Richa’s teaching interests lie mainly in encouraging her students to be voracious readers, and to help them develop a love of reading. She encourages her students to actively engage with the texts that they are reading. Richa also aims to do what she can to improve the quality of English Language in Singapore, as well as ensure that her students become competent public speakers.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons), NTU
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education, NIE
  • Diploma in PR and Communications, Institute of PR, Singapore
  • Teaching Award Recipient, NIE
  • Diploma in Patisserie (Le Cordon Bleu, London)

Deesha Menon

Deesha is completing her BA (Hons) in English Literature at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Deesha is currently appointed at the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) at NUS, where she tutors undergraduate and postgraduate students writing and speaking skills.

She is also a freelance writer and editor for Adept Learning, and has published in magazines such Horizons and Beyond that are circulated in schools. She has also published original works of prose and poetry in Curios Magazine – a school periodical.

Prior to her experience as an English Language and Communications tutor, Deesha was a classroom teacher. In the year 2014, she served at Naval Base Secondary School. Deesha is well-versed with the MOE syllabi. She crafted the curriculum and lesson plans for both Lower and Upper Secondary, and set the Mid-Year English Language Examination.

Deesha sits on the Executive Committee for Migrant Workers Awareness Week, which is an annual week-long student-initiated event intended to, inter alia, bridge the gap between Singaporeans and migrant workers. She also heads tFreedom, a group at NUS, aimed at promoting diversity and inclusivity in schools.

Deesha’s literary interests lie mainly in Post-Colonial Literature and the human condition – a complex yet compelling subject matter that she makes sense of through good books and better conversations.