To prepare your teenager for the O levels, we teach skills to interpret visual texts. We do not want your teenager to be regurgitating mindlessly and practising visual text after visual text. As such, we painstakingly select real-world visual texts with interesting, relevant themes to help your teenager apply his or her skills.
We equip your teenager with strategies to tackle various question types, with a focus on more challenging questions, such as language use questions. Summary is known to be an area which many students require assistance in. With our unique three-part approach, your teenager will practise the subskills necessary to master summary.
Our focus for writing has always been skill-based. With the O levels fast approaching, we believe that learning writing skills, reinforced through full-length writing, is most effective. Given that mixed genre essays are increasingly common at the O levels, we focus on this text type in Secondary 4. Expect to learn tips for descriptive writing and tips to help define the scope of the essay. Apart from mixed genre, we will also reinforce in your teenager the structure of various text types, as well as key language features for each text type.
Besides continuous writing, situational writing is another key component of Secondary 4 English (it is allocated the same number of marks as continuous writing). Thus, we cover skills on feature articles, speech and formal letters to help them with this component.
Current affairs and general knowledge are indispensable for the average secondary school student to ace their writing and comprehension. Thus, while keeping to our skill-based teaching of grammar errors in Editing, we make a conscious effort to select passages and themes that are relevant to your teenager’s life. We believe that Editing cannot be just taught as a skill, but also as food for thought for their essay writing.
Your teenager will benefit from a skill-based teaching of strategies for both the Reading Aloud and the Spoken Interaction components. The latter proves to be especially challenging for most Secondary 4 students, so we dedicate more time to that component. To maximise your teenager’s revision, our themes are carefully selected such that they are applicable not just for spoken interaction but for writing as well. We believe that by establishing a sizeable vocabulary in these areas, reinforcing his or her general knowledge, and instilling an appreciation of current affairs, your teenager will find Spoken Interaction a piece of cake.