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!Read More
The final week of Term 2 is here and I am sure all of us cannot wait to begin the June holidays! This week, to busk in the holiday mood, we will put our feet up and look at authentic learning of English from a phishy (pun intended!) email that was in the spotlight just about two weeks ago.Read More
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!Read More
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!
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.Read More
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.Read More
Hello! With school being over, I hope that all of you are having a good rest and finding time to do the things that you love. For those of you who love learning about the world around you, this post is especially for you. This post is also for parents who bemoan the fact that your children do not take enough interest in current affairs.Read More
This simple authentic learning exercise that I am going to introduce will train your child to be more sensitive to looking for errors in text. An additional benefit would be that this heightened sensitivity to errors will aid your child in proofreading his / her writing too!Read More
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.Read More