Higher Chinese so difficult

Discussions on tuition centres/enrichment services that specialise in Chinese.

Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby jerytan » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:49 am

My son taking higher chinese in Ai tong and has been struggling with his chinese since. He is now in primary 4 and i am thinking of changing him to another school that offer normal chinese next year. Please advise

jerytan
KiasuNewbie
KiasuNewbie
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:37 am
Total Likes: 0


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby Picolo » Sun Aug 26, 2012 1:54 am

jerytan wrote:My son taking higher chinese in Ai tong and has been struggling with his chinese since. He is now in primary 4 and i am thinking of changing him to another school that offer normal chinese next year. Please advise

Why change school? At the end of P4, the school or the child/parent can decide to opt for Normal Chinese for P5? Should have about half of the P5s taking just NC from P5 for SAP schools, no?

I thought transferring school is a drastic move and he will miss many friends...

Picolo
BrownBelt
BrownBelt
 
Posts: 571
Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:03 am
Total Likes: 0


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby Picolo » Sun Aug 26, 2012 2:03 am

mummy of three wrote:Higher Chinese is easy! Besides, it’s our mother tongue. Don’t give up :)
Worse come to worst, get tuition, it provides additional 3 points during PSLE.

Chicken feet for some, cut throat for some others. I have the extremes even in the same household :wink:
The 3 points are useless for non-SAP sec schools. Which child still wants to continue studying in an SAP school after PSLE if he has been struggling CL?!! :slapshead:

Picolo
BrownBelt
BrownBelt
 
Posts: 571
Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:03 am
Total Likes: 0


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby sleepy » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:11 am

Picolo wrote:
mummy of three wrote:Higher Chinese is easy! Besides, it’s our mother tongue. Don’t give up :)
Worse come to worst, get tuition, it provides additional 3 points during PSLE.

Chicken feet for some, cut throat for some others. I have the extremes even in the same household :wink:
The 3 points are useless for non-SAP sec schools. Which child still wants to continue studying in an SAP school after PSLE if he has been struggling CL?!! :slapshead:


I find HCL's 3 points useless too.
Problem is some SAP schools don't allow switching to Normal Chinese at P5. Die die must continue with HCL :faint:

sleepy
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 9070
Joined: Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:21 pm
Total Likes: 34


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby SHAmum » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:26 am

sleepy wrote:
Picolo wrote:
mummy of three wrote:Higher Chinese is easy! Besides, it’s our mother tongue. Don’t give up :)
Worse come to worst, get tuition, it provides additional 3 points during PSLE.

Chicken feet for some, cut throat for some others. I have the extremes even in the same household :wink:
The 3 points are useless for non-SAP sec schools. Which child still wants to continue studying in an SAP school after PSLE if he has been struggling CL?!! :slapshead:


I find HCL's 3 points useless too.
Problem is some SAP schools don't allow switching to Normal Chinese at P5. Die die must continue with HCL :faint:

I think come to P5, kid need to take two subject NCL & HCL, end of P5, school will decide whether kid to take HCL in P6 ( normally school will drop HCL if kid is very weak in HCL). Talk to subject teacher to find out more how school handle before switching the school if your kid like the school and you have no problem.
just info, our family is not chinese family, but my two kids take HCL and still can cope. but we need tutor for my ds since k1 when he come back with with his CL spelling "0". :lol: now he is in P6 and doing HCL.

SHAmum
OrangeBelt
OrangeBelt
 
Posts: 46
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:52 am
Total Likes: 0



Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby alng » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:37 am

Am I right that the child must take HCL in Pri school in order to take HCL in sec school? I understand that if a child take HCL in sec school and pass with dunno what min grade, they need not take any more chinese in JC.

alng
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 2185
Joined: Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:27 pm
Total Likes: 36


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby Lynn2010 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:37 am

For those who can cope, HCL is good. So, whether the 3 pts or useful or useless, good to learn more.

My dd is quite a potato, she knows from the start she WILL NEVER go to a SAP school, she tried HCL. Ok lah, got a merit, no regrets.

Now in Sec, knowing she is such a potato (still speaking her Chinese w a "slang"), she is trying out HCL in Sec 1. She said, she'll try.

I always encourage her by saying "if someone who is not of Chinese origin (that is a Malay, Indian, Caucasian) can learn Chinese, so can you".

Lynn2010
BrownBelt
BrownBelt
 
Posts: 567
Joined: Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:46 pm
Total Likes: 1


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby jtoh » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:48 am

alng wrote:Am I right that the child must take HCL in Pri school in order to take HCL in sec school? I understand that if a child take HCL in sec school and pass with dunno what min grade, they need not take any more chinese in JC.


There's no need to take HCL in primary school to take HCL in secondary school. If you attain a pass grade in O level HCL, you are excused from Chinese in JC.

jtoh
Councillor
Councillor
 
Posts: 10921
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:47 pm
Total Likes: 91


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby jtoh » Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:50 am

jerytan wrote:My son taking higher chinese in Ai tong and has been struggling with his chinese since. He is now in primary 4 and i am thinking of changing him to another school that offer normal chinese next year. Please advise


It's too drastic a move to switch schools. Have a talk with the school. Find out what they can do for him, whether they offer CL classes to weaker students. Your son can't be the first and only student to struggle with HCL so they must have solutions in place.

jtoh
Councillor
Councillor
 
Posts: 10921
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2010 2:47 pm
Total Likes: 91


Re: Higher Chinese so difficult

Postby Champion » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:43 am

Lynn2010 wrote:For those who can cope, HCL is good. So, whether the 3 pts or useful or useless, good to learn more.


My DD1 is P4 this year too and I understand towards the end of Term 4, they will be given an offer to take HCL in P5? I am still quite clueless about this option as some of my friends / relatives have advised against taking HCL as that "3 points are useless unless you are aiming for a SAP sec school :? " :scratchhead:

Would appreciate advice from parents here; :thankyou: :snuggles: :hugs:

Champion
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 8316
Joined: Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:45 pm
Total Likes: 42


Next

Return to Chinese