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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby nicsmom » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:10 am

where do you stay? if you stay in the northeast or east, you can PM me if you need, I can recommend my child's tutor to you, she used to teach EMSC but seems like she specialises in CW nowadays. She has been teaching my child EMS for 5 years but focus a lot on CW, reading and vocabulary. If that is what you re looking for.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby krisvan8 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:32 am

nicsmom wrote:where do you stay? if you stay in the northeast or east, you can PM me if you need, I can recommend my child's tutor to you, she used to teach EMSC but seems like she specialises in CW nowadays. She has been teaching my child EMS for 5 years but focus a lot on CW, reading and vocabulary. If that is what you re looking for.


Thank q but East is too far. I stayed at choa chu kang, at west side.

Urgently need to find creative writing class for my son coz P6 liao. his CA 1 only get 25/40! Currently attending another creative writing but it seem that he learn nothing. Evey week just copying compo only! My son also said that will copying learn anything???

Thanks in advance for kind member help! :?: :?: :?:

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby hopeful4future » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:06 am

hi krisvan8, tsk tsk tsk copying composition work is the saddest way to learn anything :( i remember having to do this in my second language lessons back at school! being an expat mom here, after school-hopping a lot, i was pretty upset that my kids would have to go through the same thing because i've come to find this learn-by-the-book method most annoying! a few years back i found them a good tutor whom i find caters to their individual needs in language skills - if you're interested you can drop me a PM... (tried PM-ing you, i identify with what you feel! but my messaging system doesn't work???) P6 is a big year... i think all parents with kids taking That Big Exam can identify!!! :xedfingers:

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby krisvan8 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:32 am

hopeful4future wrote:hi krisvan8, tsk tsk tsk copying composition work is the saddest way to learn anything :( i remember having to do this in my second language lessons back at school! being an expat mom here, after school-hopping a lot, i was pretty upset that my kids would have to go through the same thing because i've come to find this learn-by-the-book method most annoying! a few years back i found them a good tutor whom i find caters to their individual needs in language skills - if you're interested you can drop me a PM... (tried PM-ing you, i identify with what you feel! but my messaging system doesn't work???) P6 is a big year... i think all parents with kids taking That Big Exam can identify!!! :xedfingers:


Hi hope4future

I have pmed you! Thanks for help!

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby Beverly Hills 90210 » Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:00 pm

nicsmom, pls pmed me the CW tutor thank you!:)

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby ning_akn » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:07 pm

Hi All,

I am a newbie here! I read thro part of the thread and seems like TAS is very well received. I would like to gather some feedback from parents who send their child to TAS. Did your child compo grades improved after going to TAS?

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby wywy2 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:02 pm

Hi ning-akn,

My kids' compo grades did improve. however i find that it is important to work closely with the teachers and also to help the kids at home. And it also takes a while for the kids to show improvement, I am sharing this because I realize that from my kids math class (they are at Onsponge), some parents want immediate improvement (within a term or two) and I find it unrealistic.

But if you are willing to work with the teachers and work with your child, then you can see quite a lot of improvement (for both TAS and onsponge)..I know onsponge is not the topic here maybe a bit :offtopic:

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby ning_akn » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:12 pm

Hi wywy2,

Thanks for your feedback!! Yes, I understand that immediate effects are unrealistic... And I believe that creative writing needs practice to improve. May I know how old are your kids now? Maybe you can share with me what are the approaches that the teachers adopt? Copying or??

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby wywy2 » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:18 pm

My kids are 9 and 7. The 9 year old is a bit faster so he is in the p4 class. From what I see, the teacher will provide a model essay for a topic and the following topics are usually connected, I think it is to help the kids to apply what they have learnt.

The teacher will teach them how to vary their sentences, how to use more descriptive language and they will ask the kids to memorise parts of the compo and after a while, I find my kids can remember and apply those phrases to other compos. Now, for my older kid, they are teaching something called characterisation. His compos have similar characters and the teacher shows how to use the character to bring out the story.

I may not be too clear but whenever I talk to the teacher, I find that she has a clear structure. No copying of compos.

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Re: English Creative Writing

Postby ning_akn » Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:32 pm

Thanks wywy2!! Glad to hear that there's not much copying!! Woah your 9 yr old is good! P3 but in P4 class!!! Does that mean that they screen the students?

I would appreciate if you can PM me paragraphs that your child wrote in TAS class. Hope it will not be too troublesome! TIA! ;)

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