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Grades slipping in English exams

Postby janet88 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:44 am


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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby karen_lee804 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:40 pm

"Private English tutor Gabriel Chai said: "It could be because children are reading less now. Reading helps them in areas like comprehension and composition."

Kids nowadays take out an iPad instead of a book! Gone are the days where kids would read when they free...

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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby mother777 » Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:55 pm

Well not true actually..some kids..(like my DD)..just need an excuse to read and re-read books..
She is a complete bookworm..

To be frank, kids are influenced by people around them.. So we should question ourselves.. Do we read newspaper, books etc in print version everyday?
Reading does not mean reading print version books and paper. No one is talking about technology reducing the reading habit here.

Technology can increase the interest in reading too. But kids need to be shown where they can find such animated stories, e-books etc..

Schools are also playing a big part in trying to increase the reading habit. My DD school publishes the name of kid who borrows the largest number of book. The class name who had very active participation etc..
This will encourage kids to read..

As parent we should also guide by example..
Just my humble views..

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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby pirate » Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:25 pm

My simple solution is to be stingy when it comes to buying dd toys, but no such restriction applies when it comes to buying books, so long as she actually reads them. After all, they are still more effective and cheaper than English tuition.

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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby janet88 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:25 am

I still read newspapers everyday...even if I do not have access to print copy, I will read it from ipad. reading helps with grammar and that is evident whether a child reads or not. my son hates to read and that shows when he does grammar cloze.

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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby mother777 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:55 am

Janet your boy is in secondary right. Teens reading habbits are difficult to change. But you can try gently directing him to read books about fav sports, other topic of interest. Reading any topic of interest will help him as a start.
once he gets comfy with reading he can progress to other genre or type of reads.
But as a mother am sure you know him inside out.
so may be you will have better ideas

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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby janet88 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:28 am

the only paper he grabs is the digital life section...he's very into IT stuff.
unfortunately he still needs proper grammar to speak and write.

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Re: Grades slipping in English exams

Postby slmkhoo » Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:04 pm

janet_lee88 wrote:the only paper he grabs is the digital life section...he's very into IT stuff.
unfortunately he still needs proper grammar to speak and write.

Get him to read books and magazines about his interests? They are still written in grammatical English (I suppose).

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