While this component is only introduced in schools at Primary Five, but once you master what you need to have in your writing and show accuracy in your work, the 15 marks is actually pretty easy to bag! So let me share with you five things all students should pay attention to when they attempt a formal piece of writing.Read More
More importantly, your knowledge of prepositions can be tested in numerous sections in Paper 2 - Grammar MCQ, Vocabulary MCQ, Grammar Cloze, Comprehension Cloze and Editing. That’s more than half of the components in Paper 2!Read More
With the examinations approaching, I am hoping to churn out a few more tips to aid in the children's revision. In the previous post, I had looked at Direct and Indirect Speech questions which are in statement form ("I am very hungry," said Jeff.). Today, we will wrap up sentence synthesis questions in this area by dwelling into the reporting of direct questions. (e.g. "Where did the boy go?" asked Maria)Read More
Sentence synthesis is about putting the original information together but in a different way. For different types of questions, there are different things to look out for when stringing the information together. Today, we will look at one of the hot favourites in examinations, transforming of direct speech to indirect (or reported) speech.
For this purpose, I am thrilled to introduce to you a new friend in this journey of English, Synthesis-on-a-stick.Read More
Recently, I have been receiving requests from my children, ranging from P3 to P6, to explain how "Who", "Whom" and "Whose", are different. These are actually known as relative pronouns (along with "which", "where" and "that") and they introduce relative clauses (I like to think of them as "relatives" like cousins who know you well!) which tell us more about a subject or an object. These relative pronouns are most often tested in the grammar MCQ section and in sentence synthesis. What information does each of these relative pronouns give?Read More
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.Read More
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.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 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
Are you still unsure of the new PSLE 2015 format for English? Fret not, here is a breakdown of the components for the new format!Read More