Posts in English in the Real World
Proud of Singlish But 4 Mistakes You Should Avoid in Formal Assessments

As Singaporeans, our vernacular is Singlish. Uniquely local, Singlish is a colloquial language that is part of our national identity. However, there is always a time, place and occasion to use it. As a vernacular, Singlish is more suitably used in informal situations and speech, not for formal situations and in writing.

It is easy for languages to affect one another. As such, it might not be surprising that Singlish will colour our Standard English. Today, I will be highlighting 4 common errors that students commit unknowingly in their Standard English. Let’s take a look!

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I Love Reading | 3 Tips for Reluctant Readers

Hello everyone! How are you? With the closure of school to mark the end of Term 1, I hope you are all enjoying this short break! Some of you will probably relish the opportunity to wake up a little later and also have the freedom to do what you want for a week :) I usually advise my students to play hard AND also work hard during this holiday. That is because once school reopens for Term 2, it won’t be long till they will have to sit for the Semestral Examination.

Unfortunately, my advice will elicit some groans from the class as I think that’s probably the last thing students want to hear at the start of their holidays! Nonetheless, I tell them that working hard doesn’t have to be sitting down and doing assessment books. Catching up on some reading counts too!

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4 Fun & Interactive Classroom Display Tools!

How does Lil’ but Mighty encourage learning English with physical space?

Apart from a solid curriculum and passionate teachers, having a condusive learning environment is just as important. At Lil’ but Mighty, we use our space to display tools that

1. help children in their learning even if they spend just 5 minutes looking at it

2. are interactive for children

3. creates a fun-loving environment for learning English

If you are an educator or even a parent who is thinking of how to make the learning space around your children interesting and meaningful, here are some ideas from us! 

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Reading | Video: A Totto-ly Delightful Read!

Imagine getting vegetables as prizes in your school Sports Day. How about having to endure a bravery test which included walking through a cemetery at night. Or how would you like going to a hot spring for a school trip? Join me as I share with you three reasons why Totto-Chan: The Little Girl At The Window is such a delightful book. 

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Holiday + Learning = Fun!

Going on holiday doesn’t necessarily mean the learning stops though. It just means the learning gets even more fun as you hop on that plane, immerse yourself in a different culture and take in the sights and sounds of another country.  Apart from the lure of endless inflight entertainment and late night suppers with family, there is certainly a lot for children to look out for while they travel.

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5 Graphic Novels To Check Out This Holiday

Now that the year-end holiday is right round the corner, I am going to suggest to you 5 graphic novels you can check out. I know that some parents are not too keen about their children reading graphic novels because they do not see them as “real” books but let me try to convince you why you should allow your children to read graphic novels.

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I Love Reading: 6 Books & 6 Authors to Hook Your Child to Reading in 2016

The Lil' but Mighty blog is going to resume today and I am going to start by continuing my "I Love Reading" series. Instead of writing about how to make reading books more purposefully in this post, I will be recommending a list of 6 books written by 6 different authors. The reason for doing so is that books make excellent Christmas presents and even if you do not celebrate Christmas, I think giving your child an exciting and interesting book as a motivational gift for 2016 will be a great idea too!

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