In 2015, Singapore Primary English Education experienced an important change. The new PSLE English format for assessment began. If you don’t understand the changes, you and your child might be a bit nervous.
Here are some tips from kiasuparents.com to help you both through it.
- Know What the Changes Are in the Syllabus. When you know what is different from the old syllabus to the new one, you’re better able to help your child prepare. Learn the structure and content of the test. Also, learn strategies to help your child succeed on the assessment.
- Learn the English Pertinent to the Primary School English Assessment. This will empower you to help your child on your own. Practice your own English with online lessons with native speakers. You can join sites like MyLanguageExchange or iTalki and offer language lessons in your own native language to someone who speaks English and wants to learn your language for free. Study up on the content of the assessment as well to make sure that you know the grammar and vocabulary that your child will be tested on. You can then teach your child what you know to prepare him or her for the exam.
- Encourage Learning English Outside of School. Learning another language does not have to be just for the test. It can be a lifelong pursuit and be fun if approached in the right way. This might be through hiring a private tutor, joining English-learning communities for children online, or attending English classes designed for children that offer a fun learning environment. Set aside some time as a family to speak English every night. Play a game with your child in which learning English is the underlying purpose. For example, you might play Bingo with English words and photographs for which your child has to know the English word on the cards.
When you know what to expect from the assessment, you are in a better position to help your child prepare for the test. Your studying and learning along with your child can decrease any anxiety he or she has about the assessment, which can increase your child’s performance on the exam.