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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby mum2010 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:16 pm

sleepy wrote:
mum2010 wrote:Hi,
I sent my gal for the trial lesson. After the lesson, she was very happy as she told me the teacher taught a lot of descriptive words and phrases. So we decided to signed up for the class. And guess what? Till now, THAT was the only lesson the teacher was so enuthiastic in teaching the class descriptive words for compo.

Also she's yet to write a compo, this really upset her as she loves writing. There was one 'writing', they were told to copy the descriptive paragraph from onto foolscape for the teacher to mark n till now I've not seen the pieace of copied 'compo'.

Hope to share what we are going thro'.




FYI another thread with more feedback on TAS
http://www.kiasuparents.com/kiasu/forum ... 7&start=20



Hi,

Read your post, a little to late to read it now but it's good to know that my girl is not an isolate case.

U put it across better than i do.

I am posting in order to share with parents out there. Usually very lazy to post n also i do not write so well like many of you.

Just sharing with parents.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby coolit » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:03 pm

mum2010 wrote:
coolit wrote:For compo, they do a lot of class work, they will have to learn the different sentence structures and write on their own mini whiteboard and also
learn key phrases by memorisation. Initially, I was also not sure whether memorisation will help and I wanted to see actual work written but after
they were in TAS for about half a year, I realize that the memorisation helps
my kids to internalize the writing style and skills much faster and after that,
it is much less memory work and more application and then you will see a lot more writing of whole compos. This is from my experience. But I think it
is better that you ask the teacher and clarify any misgivings. How old is your child?

She sounds quite bright. Maybe she is not suitable for a class of her age
level. One of my friend's child is now in P3 but he is in the P5 class because
he is way ahead of his age and it helps stretch him more.


Sad to say, she is in class of higher level.
Even if she's in a class of her level, the tutor should also teach the techniques to the kids.

That's what i believe most parents are looking for. What makes me mad is that that I was told for the trial lesson she wont be asked to write but not the follwing lessons.

Worst, techniques, techniques, techniques..... where?

Just sharing with parents.


Strange, which tutor is this? If you do not want to say, maybe can pm me so
I will take note also. So far my children's tutors are all good and my kids can write very well now after being with them. I have tried at least 2 other well known centres but they did not work. Maybe you could put your dd with the 2 tutors that my children are under?

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby TTYL1 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:12 pm

Hi coolit,

Can you share who the tutors are that your children are under? I want to put my child in TAS but want to put under the good tutors.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby Monster Mummy » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:51 pm

Hi mum2010,

As far as I know for composition writing in comprehension and composition, they only cover minimal and maybe take few weeks to complete one writing. So if her standard is higher, it will be advisable for you to speak to teacher than the child is not happy and waste her time.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby ccgoh » Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:58 pm

They usually take about 2 weeks to cover 1 piece of compo. In the past it was about 3-4 weeks, but now it is 2 weeks which I think it is quite fast as they also do 2 compres, grammar and synthesis in the lesson. Most centres do compo separately from the other
parts of the language. If your child is faster, usually the teacher would recommend to fast track her. It is best to speak to your child's teacher or you could also bring it up to the founder by emailing them.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby coolit » Sat Aug 13, 2011 2:33 am

TTYL1 wrote:Hi coolit,

Can you share who the tutors are that your children are under? I want to put my child in TAS but want to put under the good tutors.


Hi TTYL1,

The tutors that my kids are under are Teacher Joy and Teacher May Anne. Another few tutors that I know are good from my friends' experience
are Teacher Elaine and Teacher Fang Qi. However, it is important to see
if your child likes the teacher and also can work well with the teacher.
Constant monitoring is important and their teachers take our feedback
well. So you can feedback to the teacher on your child's learning.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby bumblebee35 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:41 am

Teacher Joy is good. My kid enjoys going for her lessons. Ever since they restarted their library system, my children have been reading everyday, they can't put the books down.

My children also picked up the way they teach spelling and use the same method in school and they now have no problem in spelling at all. The spelling booklet they have is rather useful.

Anyone knows if they will be starting new P1 classes at AMK? My neighbour wants to join a new class.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby mum2010 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:55 am

coolit wrote:
TTYL1 wrote:Hi coolit,

Can you share who the tutors are that your children are under? I want to put my child in TAS but want to put under the good tutors.


Hi TTYL1,

The tutors that my kids are under are Teacher Joy and Teacher May Anne. Another few tutors that I know are good from my friends' experience
are Teacher Elaine and Teacher Fang Qi. However, it is important to see
if your child likes the teacher and also can work well with the teacher.
Constant monitoring is important and their teachers take our feedback
well. So you can feedback to the teacher on your child's learning.


Hi,

Which centre are they from?
I dont mind to transfer my gal there if they are good teachers.
thanks

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby mum2010 » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:08 am

Hi,

Thanks to all parents who reponsed and sincerely tried to help.

I do not wish to mention the teacher coz she is earning a living there, she might need the $ for her U fee.

Will withdraw my girl for sure from this centre.

Wanted to comment more....the black book, the white book, the spelling book & the printed materials... but .... will stop here, enough said.

Just sharing with parents.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby coolit » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:38 am

Hi mum2010,

Which centre are your kids from? Some of the teachers I mentioned teach at all 3
centres.

By the way, the black book which is the creative writing book is very good, the white
book which is a guide on synthesis and grammar helps me guide my kids at home.

Maybe you were unsure how to use them? You could ask your child's teacher.

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