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Postby jeestan » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:34 am

Hi TAS,

Thank you for your explanation, I am very clear about it now!

I agree with Brenda, could you consider having a grammar workshop, we parents need it. Many times, I know the right answer but do not know how to explain. I read somewhere that for creative writing workshop, if you have 4 parents, you can start, how about grammar workshop?

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Postby singapore45 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:40 pm

Hi TAS,

Some schools do not provide a lot of composition for the students and we
cannot really look at their work and then when it comes to the exam, we cannot see their paper. How do we know if their composition is on the right track? My sister's kids are P4 and P5 and both face this. You mentioned we can work with teachers but their teachers do not do much compositions and they just say they are doing quite well. What is 'quite well'? We are quite frustrated as it seems that composition is the most neglected part of the teaching in school. Can you provide some insight to how to help them, some guidelines to know the std of their writing. They go for tuition but at the tuition, the emphasis is also not much on writing.

Will also really really appreciate if you could do a grammar wkshop before the SA2.

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Postby Brenda10 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 8:53 pm

Hi TAS

If there is a grammar workshop for different level of pupils (P1 - P5) before SA2 will be good.. There will be 4 holidays (PSLE marking days 19- 22/10) ) just before the SA Exam. :lol:

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Postby vonneee86 » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:51 pm

singapore45 wrote:Hi TAS,

Some schools do not provide a lot of composition for the students and we
cannot really look at their work and then when it comes to the exam, we cannot see their paper. How do we know if their composition is on the right track? My sister's kids are P4 and P5 and both face this. You mentioned we can work with teachers but their teachers do not do much compositions and they just say they are doing quite well. What is 'quite well'? We are quite frustrated as it seems that composition is the most neglected part of the teaching in school. Can you provide some insight to how to help them, some guidelines to know the std of their writing. They go for tuition but at the tuition, the emphasis is also not much on writing.

Will also really really appreciate if you could do a grammar wkshop before the SA2.


Hey, I have the same experience, I just moved here from the States and find that the schools here do not focus much on writing, I wonder why that is so. Writing is so important as communication is something that you need for life and if you can't write, it is hard to communicate with people especially in the corporate world.

I also agree about the grammar workshop, we used to learn it incidentally and so lack the skills to teach it in a more 'obvious' way. TAS, if you could help us out here, that would be :wink:

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Postby Fongg » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:12 pm

Hi TAS,

Got a question about how to use 'a', 'an'. I know 'an' is for the vowels but European is 'a' right? How to explain it?

TIA!!

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Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:18 pm

Jellybeans100 wrote:Hi TAS,

2) Could you put up the class schedule for the normal classes for Bukit timah
maybe in the forum, I have read your threads at the marketplace, could you put it up there as I want to see if I could squeeze in time to send my son there if you are not setting the East branch yet.



Hi Jellybeans100,

We have put up the class schedule for the classes at Bukit Timah
Shopping Centre.

It is available at this link:
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... 6&start=20

In addition, if you are interested in an East location, we might have a
place soon (not guaranteed but quite possible), we have 2
tentative class timings that we have put up at the same link above.
If you could tell us your child's age and as long as we have 2
students of that age, we will start a class. However, all this is
still very tentative.

TAS
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Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:22 pm

singapore45 wrote:Hi TAS,

Some schools do not provide a lot of composition for the students and we
cannot really look at their work and then when it comes to the exam, we cannot see their paper. How do we know if their composition is on the right track? My sister's kids are P4 and P5 and both face this. You mentioned we can work with teachers but their teachers do not do much compositions and they just say they are doing quite well. What is 'quite well'? We are quite frustrated as it seems that composition is the most neglected part of the teaching in school. Can you provide some insight to how to help them, some guidelines to know the std of their writing. They go for tuition but at the tuition, the emphasis is also not much on writing.

Will also really really appreciate if you could do a grammar wkshop before the SA2.


Hi Singapore45,

What you can do is the look at composition writing assessment books and
use it as a rough gauge to assess your sister's kids' writing. If the book
talks about using good vocabulary, you can look at the child's writing and
see if you see that, if the book talks about having good grammatical
structure, you can look at the child's writing and look out for that as well.

For the tuition, perhaps you could submit the child's writing and ask if
the teacher could read it and give some comments. :D

For the grammar workshop, we will try out best to have one before
SA2.

TAS

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Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:24 pm

Brenda10 wrote:Hi TAS

If there is a grammar workshop for different level of pupils (P1 - P5) before SA2 will be good.. There will be 4 holidays (PSLE marking days 19- 22/10) ) just before the SA Exam. :lol:


Hi Brenda10,

Sure, we will try to do so but no promises yet, we will let you know
if we do have one before SA2. :D

TAS

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Postby The Alternative Story » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:29 pm

Fongg wrote:Hi TAS,

Got a question about how to use 'a', 'an'. I know 'an' is for the vowels but European is 'a' right? How to explain it?

TIA!!


Hi Fongg,

'European' starts with an 'E' but it has a 'You' sound to its starting,
just like 'Eurasian', 'Unicorn, 'Uniform', 'University'. You use 'a' and
not 'an' for all these words as they start with a sound that sounds
like the consonant - Y.

'Eraser'/'Egg'/'Umbrella' all have a starting sound like a vowel
(E/Eh/Uh), thus you will use 'an' for them.

TAS

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Postby iamyoung » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:33 pm

The Alternative Story wrote:


In addition, if you are interested in an East location, we might have a
place soon (not guaranteed but quite possible), we have 2
tentative class timings that we have put up at the same link above.
If you could tell us your child's age and as long as we have 2
students of that age, we will start a class. However, all this is
still very tentative.

TAS


Would you consider weekend morning classes? Have been waiting for ages
for your east branch, my PIL stay in the east and they help me to ferry my kids to tuition (I work during wkends too) they are only free in the morning for weekend, could you consider it?

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