Help on english for secondary school kid

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Help on english for secondary school kid

Postby Huang » Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:35 pm

Hi there,

Need suggestion on how to help my boy's english. He is doing pretty badly in school (in secondary 2 now).

He is failing both sections and in the composition section all the teacher's comments revolve around fair effort or you should work on your grammar. What could be wrong? I have went to tutors that have said that he has this or that problem... However, as we change the tutors, the problem changes too.

What should I do?

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Postby hopeful4future » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:16 am

Hello Huang, Thought i should share my experience... My nephew also faces the same problem when he entered sec school as its really a big difference from primary school. We got in touch with a tutor who taught him the right methods and showed some improvement.

Actually, for languages he should also read up a lot. Does your son read? Maybe its his tutor's way of teaching. The tutor my nephew had gave him a lot of practices and had good tips on essay writing. She focusses on forming his ideas and gives him reading materials to supplement this. She is quite effective, and said its impt cos in JC they will have general paper. I can pm you the contact for her if you want.

Maybe your son should try to read more, it will help for languages.. How is he doing in mother tongue? :)

I'm really quite afraid of my kids entering secondary school cos of the big jump, so i'm trying to do all i can to secure their foundation in languages now :lol: so far, for english they are ok but their Mandarin grades are very poor! :(

Cheers and good luck :)

p.s. i pm-ed you this earlier, but realise i should post it up ;)


~We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
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Postby Ljas1370 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 10:51 am

hopeful4future wrote:Hello Huang, Thought i should share my experience... My nephew also face the same problem when he entered sec school as its really a big difference from primary school. He got in touch with a tutor who taught him the right methods and showed some improvement.

Actually for languages he should also read up a lot. Does your son read? Maybe its the tutor's way of teaching. The tutor my nephew had gave him a lot of practices and had good tips on essay writing. She focus on forming his ideas and gave him reading materials to supplement. She is quite effective, and said its impt cos in JC they will have general paper. i can pm you the contact for her if you want.

Maybe your son should try to read more, it will help for languages.. How is he doing in mother tongue? :)

I'm really quite afraid of my kids entering secondary school cos of the big jump, so i'm trying to do all i can to secure their foundation in languages now :lol: so far for english they are ok but their mandarin grades are very poor! :(

Cheers and good luck :)

p.s. i pm-ed you this earlier, but realise i should post it up ;)


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


Hello hopefull4future, could you pm me the teacher's contact. tks so much.

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Postby Huang » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:10 pm

Hi there hopeful4future.

Thank you for your PM, if you could I'd appreciate if you could share the contact might get my boy to try the tutor out. :)

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Postby Pita » Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:41 am

Hi Hopeful4future,

I just joined this forum 5 mins ago and saw this thread, could I also have the name and contact number of this tutor? Been looking around for a good English tutor for a while..... :wink:

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Postby SoWoW » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:41 am

Pita wrote:Hi Hopeful4future,

I just joined this forum 5 mins ago and saw this thread, could I also have the name and contact number of this tutor? Been looking around for a good English tutor for a while..... :wink:


May i know was it an one to one tuition or small group? i am also looking for a private tutor , best is 2 or 3 to a group.

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some suggestions

Postby missBV » Sat Sep 19, 2009 10:52 pm

I used to teach English to a neighbourhood sec school. When they first came to me, they were clueless about writing a good essay. Slowly, the school will train them so that they will at least pass EL in Sec 4. Very often, they get pretty good grades.

First, the child should work on Grammar. If the child can write an essay without any flaws, he or she can definitely pass.

Next, work on vocabulary. There are plenty of exercises available in the market.

The second part is the comprehension paper. Again, that requires practice. I strongly recommend this assessment book by Marie Yap (if i am not wrong). She gives good tips on how to handle comprehension.

it takes a lot of hard work. Please feel free to pm me if you need more info. I would be more than willing to help :)

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Reading books help

Postby cutebabys » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:19 pm

I'm not sure about this, I'm a kid myself, but I think he should read books. That's how I was interested in English and started doing better for it.

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Re: some suggestions

Postby mathsparks » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:17 am

missBV wrote:I used to teach English to a neighbourhood sec school. When they first came to me, they were clueless about writing a good essay. Slowly, the school will train them so that they will at least pass EL in Sec 4. Very often, they get pretty good grades.

First, the child should work on Grammar. If the child can write an essay without any flaws, he or she can definitely pass.

Next, work on vocabulary. There are plenty of exercises available in the market.

The second part is the comprehension paper. Again, that requires practice. I strongly recommend this assessment book by Marie Yap (if i am not wrong). She gives good tips on how to handle comprehension.

it takes a lot of hard work. Please feel free to pm me if you need more info. I would be more than willing to help :)


If only learning Eng is really so easy...like 3 step process. :wink: I don't agree that vocab can be improved by working on exercises. Read from as early an age as possible. and don't restrict yourself to a particular genre. And don't forget to tune in to the bbc for help in pronounciation. Their podcasts are fantastic. Plus the news and newspapers for general knowledge and comprehension.

Pls dont pm me if you need more info; I'm not an eng tutor; just a mum who's been there, done that with 2 kids.

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Re: some suggestions

Postby tamarind » Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:27 am

mathsparks wrote:If only learning Eng is really so easy...like 3 step process. :wink: I don't agree that vocab can be improved by working on exercises. Read from as early an age as possible. and don't restrict yourself to a particular genre. And don't forget to tune in to the bbc for help in pronounciation. Their podcasts are fantastic. Plus the news and newspapers for general knowledge and comprehension.


mathsparks,
I absolutely agree with you ! Ideally a child should start to learn to read no later than 3 years old. My 6 year old girl has been reading very widely. I realized that I actually do not have to spend time teaching her spelling, sentence structures or grammar. She naturally knows how to write, and she has lots of ideas about what to write. No assessment books needed :wink:

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