Monica Sharma Menon

BA (Hons), MA (Applied Linguistics), Dip Ed
Founder

The Words Worth Curriculum and Pedagogical Programme is designed by Monica Menon. Monica is a trained educator and facilitator who crafts and delivers various Teacher Education Programmes and curriculum designs for tertiary institutions and adult educators both in Singapore and in the
region. Her career in education spans almost 30 years and includes teaching English Language and Communications at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

She was awarded a full scholarship by the National Institute of Education (Singapore) 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 Teacher Educator and Facilitator, her last appointment with the Ministry of Education (Singapore) was Head of Department at Cedar Girls’ Secondary School, a premier girls’ school in Singapore. In her role as a leader in education, she has provided many educators and fledging school leaders with professional guidance and personal development, in order to ensure they are able to carry out their pedagogical skills and curriculum design effectively.

She has worked with various brand name institutions and organisations, such as the British Council (Singapore) Hodder Education and Cambridge Assessments (Singapore) to craft curriculum materials and deliver seminars to teachers in the South East Asian region, namely in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. At Words Worth, she evaluates the Teaching Methods and Pedagogy.

In 2010, Monica started her own preschool centre in Medan, Indonesia, (www.riteglobaledu.com) which caters to the holistic language development of children aged 4 to 7. In 2017, she founded Words Worth (www.wordsworth.sg), an English Language and Literature enrichment centre in Singapore. The approach adopted for the centre is that of interactive learning catering to the Multiple Intelligence of students and their varying Learning Styles. The centre offers programmes for students sitting the various Cambridge Exams, including the GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels, the IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate (IB). Additionally, the centre offers courses in preparation courses for entrance exams for IELTS and the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) offered by the Ministry of Education (Singapore).

In 2016, Monica worked with the British Council (Singapore) on their Secondary English Language Curriculum and later in 2017 she worked on their Primary Curriculum.

She was the Vice–President of the English Language and Literature Teacher’s Association (Singapore) from 2005 to 2010. In 2013, she authored an upper secondary comprehension book “All About English: Upper Secondary Comprehension” which is currently being used in more than 15 schools in Singapore. In 2017, she produced the lower secondary version together with Hodder Education.

Monica’s 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 and in the Asia Pacific Region.

Professional Qualifications

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

Institutions Served In Singapore

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

Institutions and Organisations Served (Overseas)

  • Anglo-Singapore International School (Bangkok)
  • Alaudin Islamic State University (South Sulawesi_
  • Indonesian Creative School (Pekan Baru)
  • Briton (Makassar, Indonesia)
  • Medan Pustaka Mas (Medan, Surabaya, Pekan Baru)
  • GPEX Sdn Bhd (Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru)

Course Specialisations

  • GCE ‘O’ and ‘N’ Level English
  • General Paper (‘A’ Levels)
  • Strategies to Engage Young Learners
  • A Practical Approach to Teaching English to Teenagers
  • Differentiated Instruction in the English Language Classroom
  • Communication Skills for Teachers
  • Teaching Grammar at the Secondary Level
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Visual Text and Media Literacy
  • Tackling the Unseen Passage/Poem
  • Mentor the Mentors
  • Resource Planning Strategies for Teachers
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Language Teaching Approaches
  • Accommodating Students with Reading Difficulties in Mainstream Classrooms
  • Engaging Parents: A Practical Approach
  • Educational Psychology
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Teacher as Researcher
  • Communication Skills for Professionals
  • English for Academic and professional Purposes
  • Handling Difficult Conversations
  • Mentor the Mentors
  • Resource Planning Strategies
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Language Teaching Approaches
  • Accommodating Students with Mild Disabilities in Mainstream Classrooms

Corporate Training

  • Turbo One
  • Engaging Parents: A Practical Approach Singapore
  • Enterprise Business Consulting Asia
  • Inland Revenue Authority
  • Educational Psychology
  • Language Teaching Approaches
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Teacher as Researcher

Richa Ahuja

Principal

Richa is a trained educator and facilitator who crafts and delivers various English Language and Literature programmes and designs curriculum for educational institutions and adult educators both in Singapore and regionally.

Additionally, she is trained in both Public Relations & Mass Communication as well as the International Baccalaureate (IB). She teaches English Language and English Literature at the secondary and pre-university level. In her role in education, she has provided many students with professional guidance and personal development, in order to ensure they are able to achieve their English Language learning goals effectively. This is because she has a background in accommodating children with special educational needs in the mainstream setting.

Richa has delivered seminars to teachers in the South East Asian region, namely in Malaysia and Indonesia, to help them hone their teaching skills. She has also conducted workshops for parents to train them to better handle their children’s English Language learning.

In 2009, Richa was awarded the Ministry of Education Teaching Award. Upon completion of her course at the National Institute of Education (Singapore), she went on to teach in secondary schools in Singapore. She is currently the Princiapl at Words Worth, an English Language and Literature enrichment centre in Singapore. Her area of specialisation in English Language and Literature includes the GCE ‘O’ Level, IGCSE, and IB Programmes and she is involved in the designing and implementing of the curriculum materials.

Additionally, she has designed the curriculum for the other courses that the centre offers, namely the preparation courses for entrance exams including the Admission Screening Test (AST) for the BCA Academy and the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) offered by the Ministry of Education (Singapore).

Richa has also worked with the Rajaratnam School of International Studies to provide copywriting and editing services. She continues to write articles and design lesson materials for Beyond and Horizons Magazines – two publications for secondary school children that are circulated in 35 schools.

Richa’s deep understanding of the various syllabuses coupled with her experiences in accommodating diverse learners has enabled her to provide a high quality of teaching instruction to all learners. She is dedicated to providing the highest quality of English Language education to students in Singapore and the region.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Arts (Hons, 2 nd Upper) (English Literature)
  • Singapore Teaching Award Recipient
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Education
  • Diploma in Public Relations and Mass Communication
  • Diploma in Patisserie (Le Cordon Bleu, London)

Institutions Served

  • Briton (Makassar, Indonesia)
  • Medan Pustaka Mas (Medan, Surabaya, Pekan Baru)
  • GPEX Sdn Bhd (Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru)CHIJ St Nicholas Girls School
  • Fernvale Primary School
  • Peirce Secondary
  • Hougang Secondary School
  • Westspring Secondary
  • Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Course Specialisations

  • GCE ‘O’ and ‘N’ Level English and Literature
  • General Paper (‘A’ Levels)
  • Literature (‘A’ Levels)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language and Literature
  • IGCSE English Language and Literature
  • Communication Skills
  • Essay Writing Skills
  • Listening and Speaking Skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Visual Text and Media Literacy
  • Tackling the Unseen Passage/Poem
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Achieving Customer Service Excellence
  • Tackling Difficult Customers

Suman Balani

ICF Professional Certified Coach
(PCC)

Suman is an Executive Coach and Facilitator who creates developmental programs for individuals and organisations. She brings together a unique blend of coaching skills with a strong business-building background to empower individuals and teams to become highly engaged performing leaders, striving also to contribute to the community.

Suman is also an Accredited Boss Whisperer, a coaching methodology designed to transform valuable, highly intelligent, task-driven senior executives/professionals balance their high performance with emotionally intelligent conduct, whilst recreating a sense of focus, and vibrancy in their people and organizations.

Suman adopts a strengths-based philosophy in her work, believing that each person has extraordinary capabilities and when personal development starts from a place of strength, the impact of the change is exponentially greater.

Suman has over 20 years in leadership experience in payments, technology and healthcare services, including positions in corporate strategy development, business operations, strategic marketing, product development and technology innovation. Her corporate experience in diverse industries and roles enables her to relate to the challenges faced by her clients, expanding their perspectives while guiding them through a process of self-discovery, making conscious choices and taking inspired actions.

Suman holds an Executive Masters in Organisational Psychology and Coaching and Consulting for Change from INSEAD Business School. She is certified as a ICF Profession Certified Coach (PCC), Coach Masters Academy Certified Professional Transformative Coach, Erickson Certified Professional Coach, Gallup Strengths Coach, Institute of Motivational Living Inc.’s Certified Behavioral and Career Consultant (DISC Personality System) and holds an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment. Suman is also trained in a variety of processes/tools including Deep Coaching/Facilitation, Team Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Action Learning and Immunity to Change.

Suman is a Board Member of SPD since 2010, a non-profit organization serving persons with disabilities, and has been serving on the Executive Committee of the International Coach Federation (Singapore Chapter) in various positions since 2014. She is currently the President, driving initiatives introduce coaching to the community and to shape the coaching landscape in
Singapore.

Suman is based in Singapore and works across Asia-Pacific.

Professional Qualifications

  • Executive Masters in Coaching and Consulting for Change (Clinical Selection of Clients Agency for Integrated Care Allergan Organisational Psychology) from INSEAD Business School
  • Bachelors of Science (Computer Science/Information Systems) from the National University of Singapore

Credentials

  • ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Erickson Certified Professional Coach (ECPC)
  • Coach Masters Academy Certified Transformative Coach
  • Certified Gallup Strengths Coach
  • Accredited Boss Whisperer (ABW)
  • Mastery in Deep Facilitation
  • Certified Enneagram Practitioner
  • Certified MBTI Step I and Step II Practitioner
  • Certified Harrisons Assessments Practitioner
  • Certified DISC Personality Profile Practitioner
  • Certified Behavioral and Career Consultant
  • Advanced Certificate in Training & Assessment
  • Advance of the Spirit (Deep Coaching)

Assessments / Tools Used

  • Deep Facilitation
  • Immunity to Change
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Harrison Assessments
  • MBTI Step I and Step II
  • Clifton’s StrengthsFinder Assessment
  • DISC Personality Profile
  • Various 360 assessments
  • Group Process Facilitation
  • Action Learning
  • Enneagram Assessment

Expertise / Services Provided

  • Executive Coaching
  • Boss Whispering®
  • Strengths-Based Coaching & Consulting
  • Leadership Development & Change
  • Mindfulness & Reflective Practice
  • Group Coaching/Facilitation

Languages

  • Services offered in English
  • Conversational in Malay and Bahasa Indonesia

Selection of Clients

  • Agency for Integrated Care
  • Allergan
  • American Association of Singapore
  • Attorney Generals Chambers
  • Autism Association of Singapore
  • AWWA
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Caledonian Investments
  • Childrens’ Cancer Foundation
  • Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
  • Community Foundation of Singapore
  • CPF Board
  • CROCS
  • EDB
  • Eden School
  • Evonik
  • HCA Hospice Care
  • Housing & Development Board
  • Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore INSEAD
  • Institute of Technical Education
  • LEGO
  • Liberty Insurance Singapore
  • Lifeskills Resources
  • Markit
  • Microsoft
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Health, Singapore
  • M&G Real Estate Pte Ltd
  • Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • National Council of Social Services
  • National Parks Board
  • NUS Business School – Executive & Undergrad
  • Education
  • NVPC
  • OCBC
  • Oriental Motors
  • Perfetti Van Melle
  • Planet Asia Pte Ltd
  • S&P Global
  • Sanofi Aventis Singapore
  • Sembcorp Marine
  • SMU
  • Singapore Cancer Society
  • Singapore Cruises
  • Singapore International Foundation
  • Smiths Detection
  • Spring Singapore / Enterprise Singapore
  • The American Club
  • TOTAL Oil Asia Pte Ltd
  • The HUB Singapore
  • Unilever Singapore
  • Ultra Clean Technologies
  • UOB
  • YCH International