ses logo

Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  


Download the Chinese Programme brochure here


"My child hates Chinese!" is a sentiment shared by many parents, not just those with dyslexia!  We understand that it is not an easy task as your child probably faces one if not many of the following difficulties when learning Chinese:

  • Confusion with similar-looking characters  爱 vs 受
  • Characters that sound alike
  • Characters that are related in meaning


The Chinese programme focuses on the following aspects to help increase efficiency in learning and interest in the Chinese language:

  • Common vocabulary and sentence structure to enhance learner's expressiveness in Chinese
  • Word recognition strategies instruction to enhance learner's ability to recognise Chinese characters.
  • Morphological awareness to expand learner's vocabulary network
  • Reading comprehension and writing strategies instruction for the learner to gain competency in higher-order literacy skills.


The aim of the SES Chinese Programme is to help students with dyslexia become independent, inquisitive learners in the Chinese language. Chinese as a language is more complex as compared to English. In Chinese, many words can be read the same way and each word has a different meaning. There are also many strokes involved in writing Chinese words and a child with sequencing difficulties will find it even harder to do so. A good understanding of part-whole relationship is also required in writing the characters as the proportion of the parts to make the word is vital. Due to the complexity of the language, it poses itself as a difficulty for the child to recognise how to read and write in Chinese. And as with all language learning, it gets harder to do so with the lack of exposure.

The Chinese Programme is supported by Care & Share. Click here to learn more.

Our Approach

The programme helps to foster your child's interest in the language through thematic-based teaching. In this way, the vocabulary covered is relatable and can be used on a daily basis, allowing them to express themselves better in the language. Students are taught interactively with the use of stories, educational games and hands-on activities to make language learning a fun and memorable experience for them. This also helps to minimise the child's stigma towards the language and build up their confidence and motivation in the child to learn the language. Lessons are also structured in a way to increase efficiency in learning the language through the instruction of character structure, radicals, stroke pattern, word recognition strategies and understanding how words are combined together.

Components covered in a typical lesson:

  • Word Recognition
  • Vocabulary Instruction
  • The teaching of Sentence Structures
  • Comprehension and writing activities are also carried out for students who have good oracy skills in the language.

Recommended for

The application is open only to primary school students with the diagnosis of dyslexia. Priority will be given to students who are not exempted from Chinese.

ses logo

Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  



Care & Share is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest for the social service sector, in celebration of SG50 this year. It aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy and recognise the contributions made by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). Eligible donations raised by Community Chest and participating VWOs from now till 31 Mar 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. The matched amount will go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector and supporting social services to meet rising needs

The Chinese Programme is supported by Care & Share. Click here to learn about the Chinese Programme.


Frequently Asked Questions (Chinese)

1. What is the aim of the Chinese Programme?
The Chinese Programme aims to help students become independent and curious learners in the Chinese language. The programme helps to increase the learner's efficiency and interest in the Chinese language. 
2. What is covered in the Chinese Programme?
In each class, students will be introduced to new vocabulary terms, sentence structures and word recognition strategies. The focus will be on developing the student's oracy skills.
3. Does the Chinese Programme cover the MOE school syllabus?
The classes do not run parallel to the MOE school syllabus. However, reference is made to the word list for primary school students. 
4. How are Chinese lessons at the DAS different from what is offered at tuition centres?
Chinese lessons at the DAS follows OG principles in our delivery which has been shown to help dyslexics learn better. Ongoing research is also tied to the programme to measure the effectiveness in helping our students. The initial stages of findings have found significant improvement made for students on the programme. 
5. How many students are there in a class?
There will be a maximum of four students in a class. This is to maximise learning for your child.
6. My child is exempted from Chinese in school. Can he still enrol into the programme?
Yes, a student can enrol in the programme even if he is exempted, so long as he has a diagnosis of dyslexia. However, priority will be given to students who are not exempted.
7. What are the criteria for joining the programme?
The Chinese Programme is for primary school students who are diagnosed with dyslexia.
8. My child has dyslexia but is not a student at the DAS. Can he still enrol into the programme?
Yes. You will need to submit a valid copy of your child's psychological report with the application form.
9. Does the Chinese Programme offer one-to-one remediation?
The programme currently does not offer one-to-one remediation.
10. How often are classes conducted?
Classes are conducted once a week, 1 hour per lesson.
11. Where are the lessons conducted?
Lessons are conducted at the following learning centres: Bishan, Chinatown Point, Jurong Point, Rex House, Sengkang and Yishun Learning Centres.
12. What is the fees for the Chinese Programme?
There will be a one-time administrative and handling fee of $53.50 (non-bursary holders) and $26.75 (bursary holders). Lessons are charged on a term basis of $535 (10 lessons), inclusive of GST.
13. Is there any assessment for an exemption for Chinese?
We do not offer any assessment for the exemption of Chinese.