help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

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help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby happy to be mum » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:23 pm

Any parents facing the same problem as me? Son has been having tuition but still failing in his Chinese, getting to lose hope but yet I cannot give up on my son!

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby 12mum » Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:55 pm

Then just focus on the text books and activity books. At the back of the text book, there is a list of words with english explanation. Understand them and how to use them in simple sentences. Go thru the school activity book with him.

There are many assessment books in popular that are based on textbook, just buy one and after doing one textbook chapter with him, let him try the assessment book. i let my son skip some of the comprehension passages which I know he can't do. This makes learning easier and less stressful for us.


I can't help with compo cos my son doesn't like to read those compo books at all And I leave it to his tutor.

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby happy to be mum » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:30 am

my son does not touch any Chinese books at all. Sometimes I feel angry at myself for not gripping hard at earlier levels. With my younger boy, I am exposing him much earlier and he can remember words better than his elder brother.

does anyone has a miracle story to share? for failing to passing...

told my son that I am hoping he will give me a miracle to just pass his Chinese.

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby CatMoon » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:38 pm

Hi happy to be mum, I would like to share some tips with you: There is still time at P5 as the vocab words tested at PSLE are usually from P4 to P6 and they are almost all from the textbooks.

To start with, go to Popular Bookshop and buy the small vocab book (5A and 5B). Follow chapter by chapter as the vocab words (with English meaning + hanyu pinyin) are from the textbooks. Get your boy to highlight the same words in the textbook and copy down the Eng meaning - once a week, only takes 15 mins. You will find the spelling words/phrases also almost from the same list.

Build up from there as the vocab will help in Paper 2 (vocab MCQ + cloze MCQ + dialogue MCQ). In Paper 2 section 1 (vocab MCQ), Qn 1 and 2 are hanyu pinyin while Qn 9 and 10 are correct use of vocab words.

My boy is now in Sec 1 SAP school and we are from a mixed race family and do NOT speak Chinese at home nor watch chinese programmes on TV. I know it is very hard to start reading chinese books just like that so a "short-cut" is to pore over the vocab book first. Sit down with him and ask him to start highlighting the words in the textbook and writing down the English meaning (before the school teacher starts that chapter). He will then be able to follow the lesson in class better and not be lost when the teacher starts giving additional words/phrases.

Once he gets this into a routine, both of you can read that story once a week to reinforce the words learnt. I usually read the story twice (so he can hear how it is read) and then he can read once (so not so stressful). Once he is confident, he can read more if he likes. Like this, you are building his confidence. Hope this helps.

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby CatMoon » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:20 pm

Also, for Chinese Orals, use the MConline website resource - I think all schools are on it. Just click and your son can listen to the answers first.

For Paper 1, the questions often follow a moralistic/value theme such as: Doing a good deed/saving lives, A guilty/regretful incident, A helpful child, etc. I would advise do only the Picture Composition. I got my ds' tutor to prepare building blocks - e.g. flashback opening paragraphs, different endings for 'doing a good deed incident' and 'guilty and regretful incident'. For the middle portion, use ALL the helping words for the body of the compo.

It is at least a start in building stronger MT.

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby mummyxoxo » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:49 pm

Start with memorising good compo phrases, reading and writing more compositions, esp during this holiday. That's how my dd's tutor "drilled" her poor Chinese then.

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby Fabian99 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:01 pm

My son is about to finish his O levels.
He has been taking chinese since primary school and has always done poorly but managed to pass when it mattered most during his Os and PSLE.
He has never gotten tuition and he always failed prior to the exam. The key is to play smart when taking the paper. The components containing highest weightage is the comprehension, compos and oral.
Practice makes perfect with oral. Compositions, you'll have to read up a lot of words and understand the meaning and how to use it so it will pull up your language marks. And comprehension is about technique, there is not compulsory reason to understand the passage but just to know where the answer lies with clues from the question.
My son failed chinese prior to PSLE and got a B for the exam and he got continuous F9s for chinese and got a C6 in O levels.
He lives in a non chinese family and has no exposure. Hope it keeps your hope up and your son should do well too.

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Re: help & advice needed to just get a pass for Chinese P5!

Postby NGKH » Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:51 pm

happy to be mum wrote:Any parents facing the same problem as me? Son has been having tuition but still failing in his Chinese, getting to lose hope but yet I cannot give up on my son!


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