<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d4018189294852608661\x26blogName\x3dSaint+Tutor\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dBLUE\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://saint-tutor.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_SG\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://saint-tutor.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d5983943091496693012', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>
sainttutor.


.Tuesday, 1 January 2008@2:58 AM.

The English Conundrum

English, like other languages, is organic in nature. Yes, it is comparable to the growth of a plant or animal which takes a long time to show signs of change. It is unlike Mathematics or Science where memory work and intensive drill and practice can bring improvement in a matter of 2-4 weeks. In other words, one has to be patient to see improvement in English. Unless the student plays his/her part by putting in daily efforts to read widely (comparable to the daily watering of the plant), it usually takes months for improvements to take shape.



Two biggest hurdles exist for many students who wish to improve his/her English proficiency:



(i) Fail --> Pass

For students who wish to cross from the Failure to the Pass realm, mental and emotional barriers exist on top of their very weak foundation. Daily reading and regular review of past papers are absolutely necessary to grow their fragile language foundation.



(ii) B (60-69) ---> A (70>) grade

This is where tenacity comes into play. Besides close supervision, regular readings of advanced materials, knowledge of common themes and regular application of good writing techniques will plant the student firmly in the realm of the A(bsolute). Many students think that one cannot study for English - that is absolutely untrue.



How do teachers judge students' performance?

Because of the unique organic nature of languages leading to possibly slow progression, keep in mind the following 3 factors when assessing a student's performance. This is especially helpful to buffer the low morale of weak students.



How much improvement is considered acceptable?

From a teacher's perspective, any improvement is a good sign. A 2-grade jump from the previous is considered significant, especially for weak pupils.




How about that extremely low grade?
Apart from considering improvements made, we need to keep in mind that a low grade does not mean that all is doom and gloom. Compare the grade with the class and level average, if they are available. As long as the student's mark is above the class/level mark, his/her performance is considered acceptable.




How about maintaining the improvement?

The biggest challenge to any student who has just displayed significant improvement is to maintain that same grade in the next test. No one wants to be compared to a 1-hit wonder singer who is unable to maintain his/her record sales with the next hit/album. For that weak student, if no improvement is made but the grade is maintained, that is a positive sign itself.





To contact Saint Tutor : stanleyah@hotmail.







Profile.

Saint Tutor offers English Language tuition for Primary and Secondary students.

Solo or group lessons are conducted at a convenient location near Kovan MRT.

An MOE-trained teacher for both primary and secondary school levels, he has taught in Singapore primary and secondary schools for 8 years and tutored students since 2001.

Schools Taught:
• Pei Chun Public School
• Bendemeer Secondary School
• St. Andrew’s Secondary School

Previous Roles in Sec Schools
• Team Leader (Level Co-ordinator) for Secondary 1 & 2 Express and Normal (Academic)
• English & Literature Co-ordinator
• Pioneer Form & Subject Teacher of SASS RK Adams Class (with specialised curriculum for top students)
• Caring Teacher Award winner


Quick Links,

Getting There (click)
for a 3-minute walking directions from Toa Payoh MRT.

How To Improve In English (click)
to understand how improvements in languages differ from other subjects.


Links.

Saint 3.0
Saint 2.0
Saint Chronicles
Longman Dictionary

student login required
2009 Buzz
Say O
Mind Your Language
Poems Deep & Dangerous
The Vault

Rewind.


January 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
April 2009
May 2009
June 2009
July 2009
August 2009
September 2009
October 2009
November 2009
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
May 2010
January 2011
March 2011
October 2011
November 2011
December 2011
January 2012
February 2012
March 2012
May 2012
August 2012
September 2012
October 2012
March 2013
April 2013
July 2013
November 2013
May 2014
June 2014
September 2014
October 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
October 2015
November 2015
May 2016
August 2016
October 2016
November 2016

Misc.

...

home

Credits,

Designer: BH
modified by Saint Tutor