Today, I’m going to talk about how to check for Paper 2. Given that there are many components in Paper 2, it is impossible to check each and every question once through with your remaining time. As such, I’m going to share with all of you on the things which you can zero in on to check if you only have five minutes of your time left.Read More
I hope everyone had a good Labour Day break even though we are in the thick of examinations! One of the biggest taboos in comprehension that warrants an immediate zero mark is lifting. Although we often tell children to avoid lifting, what exactly can they do to prevent themselves from making committing this costly error?Read More
As we grow older, the children storybooks that we once read would seem simple. This is partly due to the language used and also because of the way the content is put across. Children start to have difficulty with books that are longer and find them more difficult sometimes as often, good writers describe what happens in a story instead of telling readers directly. Readers hence have to make sense of these descriptions to put a picture together. When we are drawing these conclusions from what we read that are not directly stated, we are making an inference. This is an important skill to have as it affects our comprehension or understanding of what we read.Read More
In order for children to understand a passage, it is important for them to check their understanding as they read and not after they have read it once. Hence, I would ask my children to pause after each paragraph to check their understanding before moving on to the next paragraph. By checking, it is definitely not enough to only ask themselves, "Do I understand this paragraph?". Here are 4 strategies to help children to do self-checking during their meaning-making process.Read More
Based on the comprehension questions in examination papers from various schools, I have broken down and identified the different types of questions that can be tested. The following question types are analysed according to examination papers set in the latest PSLE format and I believe this update will aid parents and children in their preparation for this section. Knowing what to expect will allow you to know what to prepare. Here goes!Read More
In my earlier post on doing comprehension questions presented in the table form, I talked about the necessity to ensure that there is no lifting and the answer is grammatically accurate. Today, I am going to introduce TAPS, a rather common method used for checking of answers to open-ended questions in comprehension.Read More
In all honesty, I think someone in curriculum planning for English at MOE is really giving children a fairer chance with the new format in comprehension assessment. With the variety in questions, children are given a greater chance to display their understanding of a passage. This is done through different possibilities offered for responding to the passage such as numbering of events according to sequence and direct transfer of a sentence from the passage (compared to the previous requirements to put the quote in a full sentence i.e. The sentence is "...". Punctuation marks are often deducted for such responses if the child is not careful.).
However, questions set in the new table format still requires practice and understanding.Read More