Have you heard of this expression? 你吃先，我不饿。(Literally: You eat first. I’m not hungry.) Do you think this Chinese sentence is grammatical? The fact is, it isn’t. Here’s the correct way of expressing it: 你先吃，我不饿。(Please go ahead. I’m not hungry.) In our daily lives,...read more
The superficial meaning is represented by the tip of the iceberg while the underlying meaning is represented by the submerged part of the iceberg. Often, students would explain the superficial meaning of the phrase and neglect its deeper underlying meaning. To explain...read more
A few weeks ago, I came across this in my P3 student’s work: A seemingly absurd answer This sentence translates to: He is neither a Chinese nor a Malay. Technically speaking, this is grammatically correct but contextually, something is missing. Instead of marking him...read more
My 9-year-old came to my lesson looking glum. Really glum. This was unlike his usual chirpy self, so I immediately sensed it. However, I didn’t need to probe. His sister soon revealed the reason for his unhappiness. In fact, he had just cried. His mother had tested...read more
Do you always find yourself in a tug-of-war when you ask your children to practise writing their composition or essay? “Okay.” And they carry on with what they are doing. “I still have homework to do.” And they get ‘busy’. One day. One week. One month has passed and...read more
Using Creative Teaching Tools To Engage Children
Teacher Rosalind has been teaching my daughter English and Higher Chinese for more than a year. Back then, my child was struggling to cope with her P3 Higher Chinese. Besides being familiar with the MOE school syllabus and marking, Teacher Rosalind is also a patient and dedicated teacher with a great passion for teaching as can be seen from her personalised and engaging lessons. Using creative teaching tools such as drawing the meaning of words, doing word puzzles and watching educational videos she has created, she has built a great rapport with my daughter. My daughter used to get 60+ but can now attain 80+ in her P4 Higher Chinese exams. Her English is also maintained at 80+. This year, my child even received an award for being third in class. I’m heartened to see my child grow and improve under Teacher Rosalind’s guidance.
Emiline, Mother of P4 child