Primary School Chinese Tuition
The seeds for a good foundation in the Chinese language start at the primary school level. And as such, we believe our Primary School level Chinese tutors have a very important role to play towards the long-term Chinese proficiency of our students.
Based on our years of experience, teaching a primary level student requires a different skill set from teaching an O-level student. Our Primary School Chinese tutors need to be creative, approachable, and effective all at the same time. They need to be able to relate to younger students, to gain the trust of the student, and at the same time deliver the Chinese teaching content in a professional way.
At The Education Lab, we have a specialised team of Primary School Chinese tutors who have been specifically selected to teach primary level students based on their ability to nurture and motivate young kids. In addition, our curriculum has been designed to align with the PSLE Chinese syllabus.
Primary School Chinese Creative Writing
Creative Chinese writing comprises a large section of the PSLE Chinese examinations. Our Chinese tuition syllabus seeks to enable students to express themselves well in the Chinese language. Amongst the writing skills we teach are creative writing techniques, and the use of exemplary Chinese phrases (such as 成语). Chinese composition practices are also given every two weeks, so that students will have a sustained exposure to writing the Chinese composition quickly and proficiently.
We find that once a student starts improving in their composition grades, they start to gain confidence and are even more accepting towards learning more composition specific phrases and sentences. The PSLE Chinese tuition classes also call for practice compositions sessions every 2 weeks; some of which will be done in-class while the rest of the practices are homework so we do not use too much class time.
Finally, all compositions are marked and graded by our chinese tutors and returned to each student (usually within 1-2 weeks). Our teachers usually spend about 10-15 mins then going through the common mistakes made by the class. If a student is exceptionally weak, the teacher may ask the student to stay back to go over the mistakes personally. We find that this practice & feedback approach, which is one of the most tried and tested methods of improvements, consistently works in significantly improving the composition grades of our students.
Primary School Chinese Comprehension
The Chinese comprehension section comprises a piece of text which students will have to read and understand correctly before they answer a set of short questions. While the composition is meant to teach creative writing, the Chinese comprehension teaches analytical reading and reasoning. Together, the composition and comprehension from the two basic tenets of the Chinese examination.
As with the composition, chinese tuition students are given comprehension passages to work on every fortnight. The large number of practices also mean that we are able to cover a huge variety of topics given in comprehension passages. Moreover, there are also different types of SAQ questions, and we have specific chinese tuition modules to teach students how to answer each type of SAQ question. WIth practice, we find that most students will be able to complete the comprehension quickly while also analyzing and answering the questions accurately.
Primary School Chinese Oral & Listening
The Chinese oral exam is arguably one of the most nerve wracking to students. Students will have to walk up to two elderly teachers, read a piece of moderately difficult Chinese text as proficient as they can, before answering a series of questions, all the while knowing that they will be graded based on every single word they say. It also doesn’t help that many Singaporean children these days do not converse in Mandarin at home anymore. The result is that many kids stutter and struggle to speak properly because of the nervousness and the pressure of the moment.
At The Education Lab’s Chinese tuition programme, we want our students to learn to speak almost perfect Chinese. Our head linguistics teacher is a Beijing native that regularly assess our other Chinese tutors to ensure they are speaking accurate Chinese (标准中文) during classes. We normally start our Oral Exam training module in the month of March for our PSLE students, this gives us ample time to allow the students to practice enough to be comfortable and confident when the actual PSLE examination comes.
PRIMARY SCHOOL CHINESE TUITION PROGRAMME:
- Primary School Chinese Creative Writing
- Primary School Chinese Comprehension
- Primary School Chinese Oral & Listening