Tan Aik Ping
I Can Read
Technology For Good
The I Can Read System originally came about through research conducted between 1995 and 2000 by Antony Earnshaw and Annabel Seargeant.
It is structured, cumulative and hierarchical, and is the first system in the world to link clusters of letters to single sounds in a unique manner.
The I Can Read reading programme enables the student to see how letters combine to create invariant sounds and empowers the student to take control of his or her own reading progress.
I Can Read system teaches three essential skills that the new reader needs to succeed, phonemic awareness, phonics and blending sequences of phono-graphemes.
The I Can Read reading programme overcomes the difficulties that new readers have to combine letters into blended sounds. It overcomes the problem of knowing how to pronounce words when so many letters and clusters of letters can be associated with more than one sound.
Commencing with simple, straightforward words, the student progresses to learn more difficult phoneme combinations, building upon his or her successes along the way.
Executive Director - Tan Aik Ping
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Tan Aik Ping
Total English Learning Global Pte Ltd (I Can Read)
Mr. Tan is a graduate from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor in Computer Science. He started his career as a System Analyst for KPMG where he was responsible for developing and maintaining proprietary software used by banks in Asia.
He then joined Druid – a subsidiary of a UK-listed firm – as a SAP Supply Chain/Finance consultant. There he took on several global portfolios before he was made the head of a new e-business division, where he was responsible for creating a new line of business for the company.
Mr. Tan is also a serial entrepreneur. In 2001, he co-founded Ledge Consulting Pte Ltd, a company specialising in Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain consulting. Mr. Tan grew it to one of the top SAP channel partners in South East Asia, from a four-man team to more than 40 full-time consultants. It was subsequently acquired by Malaysian listed ISS Consulting Solutions Bhd in 2007 where Mr Tan served as an Executive Director until March 2010.
In 2000, Mr. Tan began yet another venture, Azign Technologies Pte Ltd. It specialised in Uninterruptible Power Supply, Environmental Monitoring Systems as well as Renewable Energy Systems. Azign Technologies was recognised as the top mid-market consulting and systems provider in Singapore with customers in key sectors such as telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing and defence.
The company was subsequently acquired by its key equipment provider Riello Elettronica from Italy. Over the same period, he co-founded Encore Services Pte Ltd, a certified training centre for SAP Business Suite for SAP consulting professionals. The company was sold in 2004.
Mr. Tan began his journey with I Can Read as a franchisee of two centres in Singapore. Merging his entrepreneurial spirit with methodological engineering training, he has grown from a multi-unit I Can Read franchisee to owning the I Can Read brand in Asia and the Middle East.
He uses his intimate knowledge of running his I Can Read centres to help new franchisees who may have faced similar problems as he.
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