Posts in Oral
Newspaper: 4 Ways to Practise Oral

Hi, everyone! Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year in advance 💛Before we begin our celebrations, let's look at how we can further tap on newspaper as a learning resource! We have previously shown you how to use newspaper articles for comprehension cloze passages. Today, we are going to share with you how you can use newspaper articles to help your child hone his or her oral skills! We will be introducing 4 different activities for parents to do with their children at home.

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PSLE English | Video: Oral Preparation Part 2: Stimulus-based Conversation

Thank you for watching the first part of our oral preparation video last week! During the 5-minute preparation, you will need to get yourself ready for both reading and stimulus-based conversation. After our 3 must-dos for reading during the 5-minute preparation time, it is time for us to look at the 3 must-dos for the stimulus-based conversation component during the preparation:

1. Take note of all details
2. Think of the first question (and the answer)
3. Brainstorm other possible questions/ stories

Let's take a look at what each of the points above means now!

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PSLE English | Video: 3 Must-dos (Reading) in the 5 Minutes before the Oral Examination

Hi all! Oral examinations have definitely started in schools and many of you are probably practising hard these few weeks. We have published several posts on the topic of oral (which you can find over here) and are glad to share that we have made a video to aid children who are visual learners. Being only 3 minutes long, we hope that parents and children who are strapped for time will find this an efficient way of learning and pick up the 3 must-dos with some verbal and visual explanations in the video. 

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PSLE 2016 | Oral: More Reading Aloud Tips + Useful Online Resources

Welcome to my fourth blog post! The new term has started and things are going to be fast and furious, especially for the Primary 6 pupils. Since the PSLE Oral examination is round the corner, I have decided to focus on the Reading Aloud component in this post. For readers who are parents with P3 to P5 children, this post will still be relevant since essentially, this component is tested across all levels.

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PSLE English 2018 | Oral: Top 5 Misconceptions During Stimulus-Based Conversation

With the prelims and PSLE Oral looming ahead, we are starting to prepare the children for their oral examination. Today's post seeks to answer 5 common misconceptions that children and parents have regarding the examination. During my conversations with parents and children, I realise that these 5 misconceptions often create unnecessary fear and are even stumbling blocks for children during their attempt of the examination. Let's see what they are today!

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PSLE English | Oral Conversation: Free SG50 Sample Practice + Model Answers

This year, being our jubilee year, has brought about a "SG50 wave" in everything around us. There has been quite a bit of speculation about whether this topic will indeed be tested in PSLE. Hence, I decided to prepare a SG50-related topic for my pupils to practise on, just in case PSLE is celebrating SG50 too (: It may not be the exact picture but at least if a similar topic about our jubilee is to be tested, the children would have had some practice on the different stories that they can share about this topic of National Day and SG50. To be honest, no one will know for sure the topic that will be tested. However, even if the topic does not appear, I hope that the resources provided for all of you will provide a clearer idea on the steps to take in order to tackle some questions.

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PSLE English | Oral Conversation: Filling your Story with Details Easily + Free Revision Cards

In the past few weeks, we have been discussing about oral at length (you can drop by our archive to take a look at our previous oral tips!) to prepare for PSLE oral this year. The section which is causing most parents and children anxiety is the stimulus-based conversation. I have stressed about how having a conversation is basically a session of sharing stories. As I revised with my pupils these few weeks, I feel that it is necessary to highlight how by simply using the 5W1H, your children will be able to lengthen their stories (hence, the conversation!) and pack in the details to paint a fuller picture to engage the examiners.

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PSLE English Tips | Oral: Types of Questions in Stimulus-Based Conversation

Although there are infinite possibilities to the questions that can be tested during an oral examination, in my opinion, I think there are a few types of questions which are likely to appear. I am going to try and list them out according to what I feel is possible and hopefully, learning about these questions can help children who are sitting for their oral examination to set a purpose and prepare themselves while looking at the picture. 

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PSLE English Tips | Oral: 8 Essential Steps for a More Successful Conversation

Thank you to all of you who took part in our poll in the last post! Majority of you gave a resounding "YES" to our question of whether you would like to see a post that walks through the process of stimulus-based conversation. We heard you and in this week's posts, we will talk about this new component in PSLE 2015. There will be two posts on this topic. Today's post will be an outline of eight essential steps to help increase your chances of a successful conversation. For an overview of all things to look out for, you may refer to the BLARE Checklist and use it for your child's practice. 

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PSLE English Tips | Oral: Stimulus-Based Conversation Checklist

To help my children handle this part of the examination, I have broken down some pointers into 5 parts: BLARE. To blare means to make a loud, harsh sound. Of course, we are not asking for the children to be rude but we definitely want them to capture the examiner's attention and engage them. BLARE stands for Body Language, Language (Vocabulary and Structures), Accuracy, Response and Engagement. Here are some instructions again about using the checklist.

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PSLE English Tips | Oral: Reading Checklist

PEARS represents Punctuation, Emotions, Accuracy, Rhythm and Smoothness (Fluency). This checklist can be used by children when they practise reading on their own; parents, when you are practising with your children and lastly, educators, when you would like your pupils to carry out reading practice in pairs or in small groups. It can be downloaded at the end of the post but before you do that, here are some notes that will help you fully utilise it.

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