Students will be taught the necessary skills for them to tackle the demands of the O-Level English exam which include editing for grammar; the essay and situational writing skills (Paper 1); reading comprehension skills (Paper 2) as well as skills in listening and oral communication (Papers 3 & 4).
These skills will be broken down and taught in a structured manner so as to enhance learning. Regular practices will be given so that students will have the opportunity to practise the skills learnt. This is coupled with detailed feedback which will help to enhance students’ learning.
We strongly believe in reading, hence students will be provided with a wealth of reading materials ranging from recounts, reflections, discursive texts as well as argumentative essays. Our students will also be provided with samples of effective writing which will hopefully inspire them to write better as well as to expand their knowledge, insights and vocabulary.
Paper 1 Skills:
Students will also be taught how to analyse the given situational writing question so that they will be able to identify the key elements of audience, role, tasks and other scenario-specific details in the given situation.
Paper 2 Skills:
Students will be equipped with the necessary skills to tackle the various sections of the comprehension paper. They will learn to interpret visual information (visual text) and will be able to identify and answer the various comprehension question types. Comprehension question types include direct and inference questions, paraphrasing, impact of language questions, questions on writer’s tone and intent, as well as questions linked to irony.
They will also be taught summary skills which include summary question analysis, determining the main points, using context clues to determine meaning of words, using connectives to join similar ideas, and employing synonyms to paraphrase the points.
Oral Communication / Listening Comprehension Skills:
Students will be familiarised with the necessary skills and be provided with sufficient practice to do well for their oral communication and listening comprehension exams. These skills include interpreting the given picture, developing the relevant vocabulary as well as careful listening to the questions posed.