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Re: English Enrichment

Postby Ca3kids » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:55 am

kitty2 wrote:Don't have good impression of just Education


Hi kitty2

Why you dont have good impression of Just Education? I seen the book they publish quite good but I dont know about the tuition class. Did your kids attend before? Care to feedback?

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Re: English Enrichment

Postby kitty2 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:27 am

Ca3kids wrote:Hi kitty2

Why you dont have good impression of Just Education? I seen the book they publish quite good but I dont know about the tuition class. Did your kids attend before? Care to feedback?


The books are quite good but the teachers are not responsible and the counter girls are hopeless!!!!My kids and friends kids were there before,all quit!!!

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English Creating Writing

Postby notfreemom » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:54 am

I sent my daughter to MA 2 months ago. Too early to tell the result. But she only did one composition so far. Not much guidence given to her on the creating writing skill. My daughter is in P3 now.( result 80++ for SA1) I am looking for a good English Creating Writing class for her. She can write but still have space to improve, especially using good phrases. Anyone has good suggestion? Thanks.

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Postby hopeful4future » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:51 am

Could you advise the location of Miss Er? This is a home-based tuition right?

hello 2bbtang,
yes miss er give home tuition.. :lol: she come to my place.


I have heard from friends that memorising other student's work does help. Is this true ?

Hello ET-PH
I personally feel that memorising is only a short-term solution, and there is no way to "memorise" a passage to apply to all questions! :lol: plus i fell that if the kid not able to grasp writing style now, later on in higher levels not so easy to "catch up"!!! hahahaha that's why i quickly seek help for my kids. happy to say they have improv. :wink:


~We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

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Postby catddy2002 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:43 am

ET-PH wrote:Hi, sorry to deviate the discussion a little. My dd is also weak in her composition writing. I have put her in a tuition centre this year but still yet to see much improvement. I was reading her school composition just before I post this message, the flow of the story is no good, she uses few sentences just to describe and make a point and the conclusion is also no good.

I have heard from friends that memorising other student's work does help. Is this true ? I have read stories from composition books and assessment books but I can't really visualise the format of a good composition and not to say help her. Can someone advise me how can I learn the composition writing skill myself or any books for me to start with ? Thanks. My dd is currently in P3.




Hi,

You might want to check out on Lorna Whiston.
They conduct creative writing course and other courses for parent to teach their children.
Cost: $30 for public.
This their website:

http://www.lornawhiston.com.sg/main.html

The training date might over in this webpage, but they conduct courses all the time. You can check with them the next timing.

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Postby ET-PH » Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:10 pm

Thanks hopeful4future.

I do agree that memorising will not help in long term. Recently, I have heard from friends and a teacher mentioned that there is a technique in doing composition writing like memorising long nice phrases. So hope to hear some opinions from the members here.

It seems that there are a few other parents looking for creative writing course, I believe this is one area that most children are weak in. I have friends putting their kids in Lewin and Just Education, so far the comments are mixed.

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Postby Ca3kids » Fri Sep 25, 2009 12:33 pm

ET-PH wrote:Thanks hopeful4future.

I do agree that memorising will not help in long term. Recently, I have heard from friends and a teacher mentioned that there is a technique in doing composition writing like memorising long nice phrases. So hope to hear some opinions from the members here.

It seems that there are a few other parents looking for creative writing course, I believe this is one area that most children are weak in. I have friends putting their kids in Lewin and Just Education, so far the comments are mixed.


How about Jiang education English class?

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Postby mrswongtuition » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:14 pm

ET-PH wrote:
I do agree that memorising will not help in long term. Recently, I have heard from friends and a teacher mentioned that there is a technique in doing composition writing like memorising long nice phrases. So hope to hear some opinions from the members here.


Model composition is not about memorising but about exposure to different topics, different storylines, different styles of writing. It's reading to widen your knowledge, not reading to replicate.

I prefer teaching phrases (meaning) and give them relevant compo as homework to allow them to practise using what they learnt. I use the theme based approach (every lesson we focus on 1 or 2 themes) which allows them to explore vocabulary within the theme so that they can put it into practise when I give them writing assignments with similar theme.

I do test the phrases for spelling. & I do give worksheets with blanks for them to fill in with creative phrases to describe the picture/scene.

Another focus of my class is composition structure. What makes a good introduction. How to keep people interested in your body. How to sum up your story in your conclusion.

They need to organise their thoughts to get good structure. Many young children are not able to achieve this.
I do this through mindmaps. We map out the storyline (either by writing key points or through drawing for kids who are more artistic) then put the story into words. For K2/P1, I normally print simple stories, cut up the sentences then make them sequence events back into a story. It helps to train their sequencing of events which is important in compo writing.


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Postby hopeful4future » Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:27 pm

I do agree that memorising will not help in long term. Recently, I have heard from friends and a teacher mentioned that there is a technique in doing composition writing like memorising long nice phrases. So hope to hear some opinions from the members here.


Haha ET-PH! yes! i heard of that also, one of my kids teacher even sugest the class do that. but i finds it a bit not so good as their thoughts will tends to be limit by the words/phrase that they "know" as "best". plus whole class memorise the same list........ :( my kids tutor teach them ways to think and craft the words so their expression not so force.

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Postby jedamum » Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:24 am

hopeful4future wrote:
there is a technique in doing composition writing like memorising long nice phrases.

but i finds it a bit not so good as their thoughts will tends to be limit by the words/phrase that they "know" as "best". .

i think if the kid is a potentially good writer, then there are limitations. but if the kid is struggling with compo writing, memorising long nice phrases is a good start. decade plus ago, my Sec 4 english form teacher (of a band 1 school) got the whole class to keep a notebook of such, and i find it pretty useful.

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