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Postby PettyLittle » Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:57 pm

He's attending the one at Napir Road (nearest to home..). They cover various aspects of English using thematic approach... there's group discussion, research using internet...can see slight improvement in recent exam..it may also be he's more motivated to read widely now.

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Postby Madagascar » Fri Jul 03, 2009 4:51 pm

I've just signed up for my 3 kids in the primary level. Hope it will improve and motivate them.

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Postby joconde » Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:57 pm

J2mum wrote:MMM,
how are you kids doing in BC now? Which branch?

I have signed up my ger for BC at Tampines. I cant wait for her to start class and see result from the programme.


Hi J2mum, MMM,

Could both of u share ur exp with BC so far ? I've heard a few good reviews from forum and acquaintance, but i just wanna to be very sure. I'm considering BC next yr for both my 2 kids (p1 & 6). Regn is open in Oct. It's a lot of committment since we are not allowed to terminate halfway. Plus, my son next yr p6 so no more time luxury to trial and error liao.

Ur feedbacks is much appreciated !

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Postby MMM » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:44 pm

Hi,

I am alittle mixed reason being that I've 2 kids in BC (P1 and P2 this year).

For my P2 girl, her SA 1 results was not ideal. On the other hand, looking at the type of questions the school asked, it doesn't appear to be the norm too if I compare to other top school papers. But she continues to have issue with her written expression. Though she is very good in creativity (as noted by her literacy circle teacher when I sent them for holiday writing program) BUT her tenses is still very bad. She mentioned to me that BC does not follow her school syllabus BUT yes she enjoys going to BC and the lessons. Last term, they did charlie and the chocolate factory, they watched the show and made some chocolate in school. This led her to read other Charlie related book by Roald Dahl but it's quite of short lived with her. We need to watch on her back to keep asking her to read and read type.

Meanwhile for my P1 son, he started with reading development this year and has since moved to creative english in term 3. His initial problem was that he is unable to read (by end K2). He was very weak and trying hard to sound out the words. I was so worried for him that I sent him for intensive advanced phonics at Jan & Elly and also BC P1 preparation holiday program. But in P1, he has not been sent for any tuition and in fact, he scored 90+ for his english papers during SA1. He is the pro-BC type and similarly enjoys his lesson there. Eg. last week they watched magdagascar 1 and is expected to answer questions with regards to the show. The difference between him and my girl for some strange reasons is he speak in proper sentences (not sure if due to too much TV exposure when he was in pre-school) :? He is reading widely now and loves young scientist mag the most.

Nevertheless we've signed up for 2010 lessons with BC. My hubby's view is that with language learning, it takes time. I spoke to literacy circle teacher and he told me the same thing like no school can guarantee overnite success. Language skills is acquired over time through reading, usage,etc... With that in mind, BC does support/ creates a interest in learning the language because it's fun and they enjoy the lessons. So to me, it's more enrichment and not a tuition where you try to fix specific problems.

We are at Napier road. Some how I feel that the learning support there is better (probably it was the main outlet so they have alot of teachers and also it's the biggest). Eg. we've experienced kids' teachers going on home leave,etc... and the relief teachers are just as good (if not better). This is only my personal thinking and I maybe wrong :lol:

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Postby joconde » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:20 am

MMM wrote:Hi,

I am alittle mixed reason being that I've 2 kids in BC (P1 and P2 this year).



Hi MMM, thanks for the detailed feedbacks. I agree that language is an acquired skill and one cannot expect immediate outcome from tuition centre. Actually my son's listening and oral skills is quite ok and he reads fairly well for his level. His weak areas are cloze passage, sentence synthesis and editing, more of "technical problem", ha ha ! These are enuf to pull his grades down. BC's P6 programme is called "exam skills" while p1 to 5 is called "creative english", i wonder how effective their p6 programme is.

BTW, on the brochure i got from BC says that for P1 Creative English, by the end of course the child will be able to "produce diff types of wriing including creative and descriptive writing......". I wonder how they achieve this if they kids are not made to do story/text writing during class ??

But anyway, i visited their marsling branch and looked at some sample compo of their p5 students. Quite impressive. I like that the kids' style of writing is very natural, effective and fluent, and not like those "stiff, factory-made" compos where student are taught to cut and paste "catchy phrases" from compo writing resource books.

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Postby karmeleon » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:50 am

My p6 boy goes to british council. His english is like in the 70s-80s. Not fantastic. He has nv had eng tuition b4, n only this yr in p6 yr we sent him to british council.

I'm not sure how it helps in his schoolwork. I find that the written work seems quite similar to what my p4 boy is doing at Learning Point! *haha* But He has maintained that 80+ mark range this year throughout his 3 exams to-date for this year.

The thing that made us decide to sign up for a 2nd semester (1st semester was Jan-June), was the fact that he thoroughly enjoys the classes at BC. Parents are invited to sit in every term to observe the classes. We notice that he's very participative in class too. So BC has been a great opportunity for him to develop his verbal skills too. He also won some prize in writing while there - gee, I've not seen the papers though.

He goes to Marsiling.

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Postby sysherlene » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:10 pm

Hi, just went to browse the BC website. There's gg to be a course for kids preparing for Primary One next year. Does BC conduct this course in the past? Anybody can feedback if ever enrol their kids in this course?

Thanks!

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Postby MMM » Thu Sep 03, 2009 1:02 pm

Hi,

My son did the preparation for P1 holiday program. Can't remember much on what he did (again some thematic approach). But the teacher gave alot of feedback and observation on the "problem areas" that we should watch for to help him in P1. He did his class at tampines outlet.

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Postby Blessedmum » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:34 pm

Dear mummies, does the child needs to sit for diagnostic test in order to get a placing in BC?

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Postby MMM » Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:42 am

My K2 had to do a test before going for his P1 class. To determine which english class he is suitable for.

Nothing for my P2.

I heard unless you are looking for jumping grades, then you probably need to do a diagnostic test.

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