How We Teach PSLE Comprehension at WR!TERS@WORK
A struggle some PSLE English students face is answering reading comprehension questions. At WR!TERS@WORK, all our teachers are trained to assist students in developing the necessary skills to excel in reading comprehension questions. We believe that the key to mastering PSLE reading comprehension is to understand the issue and context of the passage.
When faced with a reading comprehension question, there are some ways of going about it:
There is no hard and fast rule as to which order a student should approach reading comprehension questions. All these methods could work for different students. However, it is important to analyse the way a student thinks. Does the student feel aimless when reading the passage, and do they not know what to look for? If this is the concern, the teacher may guide the student to looking at the questions first so that their reading is guided.
Mastering the English language is not as straightforward as it seems. At WR!TERS@WORK, our teachers are discerning towards the strengths and weaknesses of every student. Based on what the teachers have observed, they will be able to guide students to master the following techniques: (1) enhancing their vocabulary, (2) critical thinking, and (3) reading between the lines to determine the context of a particular word or phrase based on its surroundings.
At WR!TERS@WORK, we aim to instil good habits in our students. A good practice for students is to tackle the passage armed with a highlighter and highlight the significant points. However, the crucial question is – what should the student highlight? What is truly important in the passage? The significant points in a passage are usually the (1) characters, (2) actions, and (3) events. The comprehension questions are usually based around these 3 things.
The students should be aware of the characters and establish their roles in the story. Why are the characters central to the plot, and are they the protagonist or the antagonist? Thinking about a character’s motivations may help a student make sense of the climax – did the character act how he/she is expected to act, or is there a twist in the story?
Furthermore, our teachers at WR!TERS@WORK teach students about the various literary devices present in a story and how to use them. Examples of literary device include, but are not limited to similes, metaphors, imagery, diction, irony, and juxtaposition. These literary devices are a way of conveying what the writer wants to say without overtly “telling” the reader what is happening in a story. Many students struggle with interpreting these literary devices, as they seem to be a rather roundabout way of saying what the author intends to say.
The best way for a student to understand how literary devices are used is to read more examples of how they are used in other contexts. Another good technique to master literary devices will be to write an essay or some sentences using these devices. Writing out sentences will require the student to be creative, which will improve another aspect of their English language journey – essay writing and sentence construction. This is a good way to kill two birds with one stone and improve the student’s proficiency of the English language.
At WR!TERS@WORK, we find out how the student thinks to correct their logic if needed. Knowing how a student approaches a question and their thought process in answering helps us correct any misconceptions they have. Furthermore, a student should get used to explaining their thought process to improve their reasoning skills. Knowing how a student gets from point A to point B mentally will improve their communication skills.
The last part of answering comprehension questions is writing out answers in a concise manner. Some students tend to ramble a lot when answering questions, and they must get used to answering questions in a concise and yet complete manner. At times, students tend to repeat parts of the question in their answers and lose sight of the point. It is advisable for students to go directly to answering the question instead. Furthermore, students should answer in a complete manner without leaving any parts of their answers out and explain the meaning of their answers as well as possible.
Although PSLE English may be a daunting challenge for many Primary 6 students in Singapore, it is important to remember that consistency is the key to master a language. Students need to read and practice writing bit by bit to improve, and cramming for a language subject will be impossible to do in such a short time before the exams.
At WR!TERS@WORK, we are committed to providing the smoothest learning experience for your child sitting for their PSLE English exam. With our carefully curated methods of teaching English Comprehension for PSLE, your child will be able to identify the answers to the questions and present them in a concise manner in no time.
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1. How can I improve my English comprehension for PSLE?
Firstly, good vocabulary is needed by reading widely. Next, look for clues in the context by reading the surrounding sentences. The main idea of the passage should be read, and the reader should get the gist of the entire passage. Lastly, students should read the comprehension questions to see what they are being asked to answer.
2. What are some types of comprehension questions?
There are several types of comprehension questions for PSLE English: factual, inference, sequencing, vocabulary in context, and applied vocabulary.
3. What are common mistakes in PSLE English Reading Comprehension?
Students could not read the question properly, misunderstanding the answers they need to give. Furthermore, students may not get the gist of the comprehension passage and may be at a loss to what the passage means.
4. What activities help with reading comprehension?
Reading widely helps students to answer reading comprehension. Furthermore, asking questions and answering questions will help students learn vocabulary to understand the context of the passage.
5. What are the 5W’s in reading comprehension?
The 5W’s in reading comprehension are: Who, What, When, Why, and Where, and also How.
6. What are the 4C’s for reading comprehension?
The 4C’s are the 4 perspectives of connections, challenges, concepts, and changes.
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