Attention:  Concerned Parents of Secondary School GCE 'O' & 'N' Level students

From:  Mr Edwin Cheng, Former Subject Head of Curriculum Innovation & Head of Department (English),10+ Years of teaching experience

It’s SHOCKING BUT TRUE:

Most parents DON'T know this…

But there's a system that your children can use to ace the English Examinations…. We'll show you how we've helped students to obtain TWICE the Distinction Rate of the National Average In the English Exams…

Keep reading this page to find out how we did it

Perhaps you’re not aware, but there have been TREMENDOUS changes in the GCE 'O' & 'N' Level English syllabus recently. MOE has completely revamped the system changing much of the content and structure of the exams. To say that it’s a revamp is an understatement… … it’s a 100% CHANGE in the syllabus. And it doesn’t just affect the new Secondary One students, it affects Secondary Four students who are just about to take the English Language papers for the national examinations as well. It’s bad enough that our education system is so stressful… It will not help if your child doesn't realise the IMPACT of this syllabus change. You are probably wondering what’s the big deal about a syllabus change? Well, when we talk to most parents, most of them are unaware about:

1) The change itself, and

2) How to help their child negotiate through these new changes and make a smooth transition.

The difference between the NEW syllabus and the OLD syllabus can be as different as NIGHT and DAY.

Some of the changes made are:

Old Syllabus New Syllabus
Does not assess Listening skills Introduction of new Listening Comprehension Paper 3 HENCE assessing your child’s language skills.
Oral Communication (Speaking) makes up 20% of entire exam Oral Communication (Speaking AND Listening) now makes up 30% of entire exam
No visual text Inclusion of Visual text for Paper 1 (Writing) and Paper 2 (Comprehension)
Two sections in Paper 1: Free Writing and Situational Writing Three sections in Paper 1: Language Editing (NEW), Situational Writing and Continuous Writing
At least two out of five questions for Free Writing may be of the Narrative (Story), Recount and One-word genres. There is no guarantee that the Narrative, Recount and One-word genres would be set. A shift in emphasis to Exposition (objective or personal point of view) topics where candidates are expected to argue, discuss or explain.
Comprehension: Language Use / Explanation type questions limited to approximately 8% of entire Paper 2 Increased emphasis on Language Use for Impact questions – candidates are expected to demonstrate a greater awareness and understanding of Writer’s Craft through the use of figurative language and literary devices to achieve desired effects

What the other English Tuition Centres may not tell you…

This syllabus change has left many schools, teachers and Secondary English tuition centres struggling to adjust to what the new syllabus is all about. As you’re reading this, many are still teaching the old syllabus and using OUTDATED TEACHING MATERIALS TO TEACH STUDENTS. This means that no matter how much Secondary English Tuition you have sent your child for, he or she won’t do well not because of a lack of ability… but rather, because the materials and teaching methods given were outdated!

Which is the reason why I have prepared this special report on the 7 key questions that you should ask whoever you are intending to hire to become your child's English Language teacher. Simply fill in your name and email address in the box at the top right corner of this page, and I will send you a complimentary copy right away.

Let’s have a brief recap  why it is important to do well for ‘O’ Level English Language – Is English The MOST Important Secondary School Subject Ever?


 



  • It is COMPULSORY to be calculated into the EMB3 score needed to enter into Junior College.

  • It is COMPULSORY to be calculated into the L1R4 score needed to enter into Polytechnic courses.

  • It is COMPULSORY to be calculated into the EMB3 score needed to proceed from 4N to 5N or direct admission to the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP).

 

As you can see, regardless of where your child intends to go to next after Secondary Four/Five, English is needed in just about every case in order to get there! However, despite the fact that English is the MOST important secondary school subject, most students and parents do not treat the subject as being equally as important as Math and Science… … to the detriment of the child. I have seen many academic dreams dashed because while the student has scored extremely well for the other subjects, their WEAK GCE ‘O’ LEVEL ENGLISH SCORES PULLED THEIR L1R5 SCORES DOWN. I hope that by now I have emphasised to you the importance of English to your child’s future! The next question that’s on your mind undoubtedly is:

How can your child score in English at the GCE ‘O’ Levels?

Here’s a checklist to help find out if your child has the necessary skills to do well for the Englsh exams. (Please tick the boxes) checklist-2

Can you confidently state that your child has any of the above important skill sets?

Why students are not doing well for Secondary School English?

I believe that the main reason why your child is facing these difficulties is because… Unlike Math and Science where there is the “right” answer, with English, there is no correct answer. But yet, this has not discouraged teachers from using a ‘pray for the best’ approach instead of using scientific methods of teaching. There's a reason why your child is having difficulties with English. It's because of the way in which your child is being taught; while most Math & Science teachers recognise that there is a ‘method’ to teaching Science or Math… most English teachers do not realise that there is a ‘method’ to teaching English. English is a process-based subject and as such, demands a systematic, scientific based approach to teaching!

The 3 cutting-edge, research-backed English Teaching methods that have been PROVEN to help students score an A1 for Secondary School English…

Below are 3 teaching methods I personally use to improve our students' scores.

These are the 3 cutting-edge teaching methods backed by educational research that I would like to share with you – (We use them in all our classes)

Scientific Teaching Method #1: Increasing Reading Skills and Critical Thinking with CRITICA

Summary: Increase reading & critical thinking with commercial advertisements

Students often complain to their English teachers that they have no idea how to read between the lines to tackle comprehension questions which are ‘Inferential’ and ‘Language Use’ in nature

Worse still, some have absolutely no idea what they are reading at all! Why would this matter to your child?

Currently, ‘Inferential’ and ‘Language Use’ questions typically make up to 25% of the whole paper. This figure is now set to increase to 40% with the introduction of the new syllabus where students are expected to understand the author’s choice of language at the word, phrase and sentence levels!

With visual texts now being included as a key defining feature of the new EL syllabus, students’ reading and thinking skills are further put to the test.

In response to this, I led a team of fellow teachers and pioneered an innovative teaching package: CRITICA (Comprehension Reading Improvement Through Inferring Commercial Advertisements).

CRITICA uses commercial advertisements as a rich visual stimulus and incorporates the Observe-Wonder-Infer (OWI) Thinking Strategy to engage students in the critical analysis of visual text to increase their reading skills.

Based on feedback on my research, students who were taught using CRITICA and OWI Thinking strategy reported greater learning motivation and a much higher increase in their critical thinking skills!

The very fact that my team’s research paper was published on the MOE EduMall site further supports the immense value and practicality of our project on relevant and innovative teaching practices that enhances student learning outcomes in English.

I have since included this into my Secondary English tuition classes at EduEdge.

 

Scientific Teaching Method #2: Collaborative Writing

Summary: Improving Writing and Grammar with the Collaborative Writing Model (students writing an essay together)

As you know, writing assignments are generally a student's WORST nightmare … and teachers struggle with encouraging their students to write.

But do you know the REAL reason why your child dislikes writing is not because he/she is lazy? Actually, the reason may be attributed to the fact that they are FEARFUL.

Yes, that’s right. As much as they hate to admit it, they are simply AFRAID of writing!

  • Does your child hate picking up the pen to write?
  • Is your child clueless on how to brainstorm for writing ideas?
  • Plan their writing?
  • Or how to write clearly to be understood by their readers?

 

Then collaborative writing is meant for your child!

How does our Scientific English Teaching Methodology remove the fear out of writing AND help your child see the greatest improvement?

Pouring through multiple educational journals, both local and international, to search for a way that could help students improve the way they write, I finally found the answer: Collaborative Writing!

By incorporating Collaborative Writing into our Scientific Teaching Methodology where students get together to write an assignment… or simply, TWO heads are better than one!

This has been supported by research where it has shown that collaborative writing ( students writing an essay together):

Enhances student interaction in the classroom, allowing your child to enjoy his lessons more.

Allows your child to absorb and learn better because they have fun on their writing assignments.

Increases student's self-confidence in the language. Self confidence is importance because it creates a ‘self-fulling prophecy’ where the more likely the student thinks he or she is going to do well,the more likely he or she will!

 Lowers the anxiety associated with completing writing tasks.

 

BUT WAIT, there’s MORE. Students will write BETTER because they pick up the following important language writing skills:

Enhanced ideas for writing content

Heightened awareness in the organisation of ideas

Greater grammatical accuracy

Richer vocabulary

At EduEDGE, we don’t go against the grain when conducting our Secondary English tuition classes. We understand that students are Digital Citizens and they need to immerse themselves within a computer- learning environment.

Hence, we harness state of the art computer application tools as a platform for the Collaborative Writing model using Process Writing. There are weekly online writing sessions (at NO extra charge) focusing on:

1. Acquiring knowledge

2. Cooperative Planning

3. Cooperative Drafting

4. Cooperative Revision

HOWEVER…. We STILL recognise the importance of traditional ‘pen-and-paper’ assessment too. Thus, we also conduct weekly in-class Writing Conferences to enhance writing skills.

 

Scientific Teaching Method #3

Summary: Checking for Students’ Understanding using Assessment for Learning (AfL)

Here’s a question for you: Do you know what separates an ‘exceptional’ teacher from the ‘average’ teacher?

Answer #1: The ‘average’ teacher merely teaches the lesson whereas the ‘exceptional’ teacher not only teaches, but more importantly, ensures that their students have LEARNT and UNDERSTOOD the lesson.

Answer #2: The exceptional teacher constantly employs a range of effective tools and strategies to assess for their students' understanding and hence, the term 'Assessment for Learning (AfL)'.

Some background information on AfL: The current worldwide interest in AfL is, to a large extent, due to a review of educational research carried out by Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam at Kings College in London (UK).

Their authoritative publication ‘Inside the Black Box’ was a review that drew upon 250 research journals and publications between 1988 and 1997.

Where AfL is implemented effectively:

Teachers understand WHAT and HOW their learners are thinking

Students receive better quality FEEDBACK and SUPPORT

Students know WHERE they are currently at in relation to their learning GOALS and what are the NEXT STEPS they could take to bridge this gap

OUTCOME: GREATER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Our team at EduEDGE has developed a number of key strategies that underpin Assessment for Learning that we use solely in our secondary english tuition classes:

Finding out the STARTING POINT of students with Diagnostic Assessments and Learning Needs Analysis.

Monitoring the ongoing progress of students to their target grades through dialogues, questioning and our proprietary Achievement Progress TrackerTM (APT) software.

Conveying clear learning objectives to students and providing continual quality feedback to help them achieve their learning goals.

Sharing assessment critiera and marking rubrics (how Cambridge examiners mark candidates’ script).

Making reflection (self & peer assessment) a key component of learning.

Empowering greater learning ownership within students via homework completion.

With knowledge from all these 3 studies, I developed a proprietary teaching method that cannot be found in any other Tuition Centre. Should your child wish to come to EduEdge, he or she will go through the following 5 stages:


    Stage One: Scan

 

Stage One l Scan l Your child will first begin with a ‘Diagnostic’ Session where an EduEdge Tutor will diagnose the student’s learning style and figure out the appropriate learning needs for the child. The child’s learning needs will be saved into our proprietary monitoring and progress system (Achievement Progress TrackerTM or APT for short) so that future secondary english tuition lessons can be tailored to fit the child’s needs. * Please remember this point as we will come back to it again *

 


    Stage Two: Plan

 

The following week, lessons will be planned out in advance with the teacher catering to the learning needs of each child, and review the lesson plan with your child’s strengths and weaknesses in mind.

 


    Stage Three: Action!

 

In order for your child to best benefit from our teaching, your child is expected to complete the weekly homework prior to coming in for the next lessson. This homework is specially designed by my colleague and myself so that we can better understand how your child is coping with the demands of the subject.

 


    Stage Four: Review

 

reviewYour child’s work will then undergo a review by both his peers as well as the EduEdge team to help your child better understand how to improve his Secondary School English Language capability.

 


    Stage Five: Knowledge

 

Your child will then reflect on his or her own strengths and areas for improvement, as this self-reflection is CRITICAL in order to make improvements. This system has helped us deliver results to our students, which will S-P-A-R-K off improvements in your child's English grade! My colleague and I managed to obtain a 38.8% distinction rate for our students' performance in the English national exams… with the national average being 23.3%… This is almost twice the national average! Anyone can achieve these results if they follow a logical sequence and systematic approach to studying English.

 

Who's on the EduEdge Team?

My colleague, Ms Yeu, is a double-degree holder. She has a Degree in Education from the University of Liverpool , United Kingdom and was also trained at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. Most tutors have degrees not linked directly to education. Miss Yeu has a wealth of experience working with students from mainstream schools and specifically teach graduating classes for both English Language and Pure Literature in both the Express and Normal (Academic) stream. She also has a nurturing personality and is able to establisih rapport effectively with students.

 

I have been teaching since 2006 when I first entered MOE. I was a Research Activist for English at a local Secondary School, and was promoted to Subject Head/Curriculum Innovation before I left.

 

Let’s take a brief moment to summarise what EduEdge can do for your child:

I want to invite you to come down for a free Diagnostic Assessment Consultation + trial session of English Tuition Session

This program has helped students achieve distinctions at twice the national average rates

I don't know if your child will be a good fit for our program.

For that reason, I would like to invite you and your child down for a FREE, non-obligatory, Diagnostic Session (worth $150.. but YOURS FREE until the end of the month). In this free session, you and your child will learn:

What your child's attitude is towards language learning.

Where does your child stand in relation to the demands of the NEW EL Syllabus.

What type of a writer your child is.

What are your child's current strengths and the areas for improvement in language learning.

What are the language learning habits which your child can adopt to make an immediate and noticeable difference in the way he or she approaches English.

Where your child currently is in his or writing and oral skills in relation to the GCE marking criteria…

… and what are the specific ACTION steps your child needs to take to close the gap and move up the assessment bands.

However, you would have to act immediately. We have deliberately limited the teacher-student ratio of our classes to 1:8 in order to give maximum attention to all our students. What this means is that I am only willing to give away a maximum of 2 seat per class for this Diagnostic Assessment Consultation + trial session of English tuition to be fair to my existing students. Furthermore, because  EduEdge is the ONLY English Tuition Centre that specialises in   Secondary English Tuition, our classes fill up very quickly.

You have 2 ways to reserve your child’s seat to a FREE Diagnostic Assessment Consultation + trial session of English tuition.


 Either DIAL 9797 6581 and look for Mr Edwin Cheng.
 

 

 
Send an SMS to 9797 6581 with your enquiry

 

FREE Diagnostic: Limit 2 seats per Secondary English Tuition class

 

P.S> EduEdge’s Scientific English Teaching Methodology is cutting-edge and research-backed… that is designed to consistently help your child meet and even EXCEED their true potential for English.

P.P.S> Make sure that the teacher giving your child Secondary English tuition is in touch with the new syllabus. There is A LOT of difference between the OLD syllabus and the NEW syllabus that has been rolled out in 2013.

P.P.P.S> In order to give your child maximum attention, we have limited the number of seats available for the FREE diagnostic session to 2 a class. Call 9797 6581 now to reserve your FREE Diagnostic Assessment + trial session of Secondary English Tuition!