eduKate Tuition Centre English class material for Tampines and Punggol Primary English Tutorial classes. This is the go-to list of widely used similes intended for ease of use in SEAB PSLE MOE Examination.
Simile –afigureofspeechinwhichtwounlikethingsareexplicitlycompared, asin“sheislikearose.”. (dictionary.com)
Similes are used in speech and composition to enhance an idea and give a colourful vivid imagination to the listener/reader. It adds depth and vibrancy to the language. Similes give a rich graphical visual, striking energy or contrasting anchor to a simple idea/word, painting a deeper, richer textural canvas.
Similes usually starts with the words “like” or “as” to compare these ideas, and here’s the top 10 go-to PSLE similes that can be used in almost all PSLE compositions:
As brave as a lion
As innocent as a lamb
As cool as a cucumber
As easy as ABC
As tall as a giraffe
as thin as a rake
as stubborn as a mule
works like a dream
sleep like a log
eat like a pig
As you can see, similes helps to give a better depth and visual by combining key words with the general knowledge of people. For example, everyone knows that giraffes are tall, a universal general knowledge, of course. So when we write, “The basketball player walked out, as tall as a giraffe,” we imagine that the basketball player has the physical/character traits of a giraffe.
We match the knowledge and perception that we already have of giraffes and superimpose this knowledge onto that of the basketball player, giving an instant picture in our head in the most efficient way possible. It is a powerful illustrational tool that can express an idea richer than if we just described the basketball player as tall, and left it as that.
Similes puts into play our cognitive skills, ignites our preconceived ideas and marries it to words that appears ordinary and changes it to extraordinary.
And that is the beauty in similes, when we turn an ordinary PSLE composition and make it exciting, interesting, and richly explosive in the minds of the reader.
Top 10 Idioms for PSLE English Syllabus, Singapore-eduKate Teaching Materials.
Idioms can add spice onto the canvas of your composition writing and when appropriately used, gives a dramatic effect and shows the mastery that you have attained. The idea here, while attempting PSLE, is to have a list of go-to tools that would cover almost every situation that you can come across. This helps pepper your composition, adding flavour and widen the spectrum of colour to your writing.
-a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words (dictionary.com) Here’s 10 most useful idioms that you can use to almost every composition that you will see in PSLE.
A penny for your thoughts: asking someone’s thoughts
Best of both worlds: All advantages are in effect.
Can’t judge a book by its cover: Cannot judge something/someone on appearance alone.
Curiosity killed the cat: Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket: Do not put all your resources in one possibility.
Every cloud has a silver lining: Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.
In the heat of the moment: Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.
Kill two birds with one stone: To accomplish two different things at the same time.
Let the cat out of the bag: To share information that was previously concealed
Piece of cake: A job, task or other activity that is easy or simple.
New Singapore MOE PSLE EL syllabus 2015: candidates acquires the new freedom to write all types of composition with multiple perspectives given the 3 visuals in their PSLE exams. In this blog, we shall break down what types of compositions that can be attempted.
Type 1) Descriptive
This is where a composition is written by describing a scene, a person, or an event so vividly that it is as if the reader is there. It is almost like the real thing and descriptive words are used effectively to project the reader into the story. Weather, what one smells, looks, talks and every detail is described with great effect to do this.
Type 2) Narrative
This is a story telling kind of composition where the reader gains an insight or learns a lesson into the topic that the student is writing. Written in first, second or third person narrative, the plot usually tells a story that entwines a moral teaching or lesson about a themed idea to be learnt for the reader. Descriptive writing skills can be incorporated into a narrative writing so that the characters and the setting comes to life.
Type 3) Expository
This is a fact telling composition. It is not about what one thinks, it is more what is real and true. There are 4 main types of expository writing.
Descriptive– describing how something look, feel, taste, works.
Sequential-writing how something works in chronological order.
Comparative-compare and contrasting the facts at hand and deliberate on what works.
Cause and Effect– the relationship between the topics and how something affects the other.
Problem and Solution– telling a problem that is at hand and come up with a viable solution.
Type 4) Argumentative
To argue on a main point, giving support to an argument and offer a counter argument. Offer views and convince the audience/reader that the point is true and valid. Persuasion skills and logical argument skills are honed in this type of compositions.
Have your assessment books ready and arranged at arms length. Have all your equipment organized within a radius of 1.5 metres. Have water, food and whatever you need to be comfortable near you so that you don’t have to walk away to pick things up. Have a dedicated studystation that does not need packing and unpacking every time you study. It is yours and you do not need to put all your books away after you are done studying.
That way, the moment you sit down, you are all set to study. Walk away when you are tired, and when you are refreshed, come back and study. No packing. No unpacking. It is always there. The easier you settle down to do your studies, the less time and energy you waste walking around getting your studying organized. Because it is always there for you and organized as well in a small footprint of your house. You don’t have to grab things from all over the house when it is located only in one place.
2) PSLE is like any other examination.
Every time you go for examinations, treat it as if it is your PSLE. Primary 6 has 4 main exams before the PSLE. CA1, SA1, CA2, Prelimns. Treat all these exams like PSLE. Study hard, prepare for it, and keep evaluating where you can improve yourself. With experience, PSLE will be a breeze and you’ll get it done proper. Organize yourself into studying for English PSLE, Mother Tongue PSLE, Science PSLE and Mathematics PSLE and when the day comes, psyche yourself up and get those grades.
3) Improve your memory.
Without a good memory, it will always be the problem of learning something and forgetting it altogether. So why start to begin with? Spend time memorizing what you learn and do it the same day that the topic was taught to you. Also learn tricks to improve your memory.
Generally speaking, to memorize anything is basically a case of not forgetting. Hence, the more we spend time repeating something, the lesser the chance that we will forget something. Come back again and test yourself another day just to make sure you remember it and over time, it will be in your long term memory banks.
4) Speed is mind over matter.
Not completing a paper is the worse way one can lose marks. PSLE in Singapore generally runs within a week and the papers are completed in 1-2 hours. There are situations where students mismanage time and spends too much time on questions. To solve this problem, allocate time for your studies and set an alarm whenever you attempt a question.
General guidelines are: 1 mark for every minute.
So if you attempt a 5 mark question, you are only allowed 5 minutes to complete it. Past that, you will need to jump this question and start doing the next question. Come back and attempt it when you have completed the rest of the questions.
5) Ask and you shall receive.
This is by far the most important thing to do for PSLE preparation. Teachers, parents, friends and family will not know what you don’t know unless you ask. The more you communicate your needs, the more people can help. Tell them what problems you face. There is no problem so big it cannot be solved and no problems too silly that they will make fun of you. Everyone has to start learning from basics sometime before they become masters. And master you will.
“He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” – Chinese proverb
Herein lies the class contents and SEAB MOE Syllabus of our 2015 tutorial classes for English, Maths and Science tuition at both eduKate Tampines and Punggol Branch. MOE PSLE syllabus will be adhered to strictly with additions as listed below applied for your child’s character development and skill improvements. PSLE Syllabus by SEAB MOE can be found at bottom of this page.
eduKate’s syllabus covers MOE guideline PSLE Syllabus English 2015 as our core lesson content.
Composition (Situational and Continuous)
Oral and speech
In addition, we incorporate the following into our English programme:
Moral Ethics and Good Manners
Introduction to Newspapers and Current Affairs
Reading & Appreciation of Classical Children Story Books
English and its use in Technology and Social Media
eduKate’s syllabus for Mathematics follows MOE guideline in accordance to cohort requirements from Primary 1-6.
In addition, we shall incorporate the following into our Mathematics programme:
Conceptual Understanding and Skill Proficiency
Heuristics and application to Problem Sums
Every day use of Mathematics
PSLE Preparatory Mathematics Classes in October 2014
PSLE Intensive Mathematics Classes in June-October 2015
Below are a list of schools that we currently cater to in accordance to our current location
Tampines Tuition Branch:
Angsana Primary School
Chongzheng Primary School
East Spring Primary School
East View Primary School
Gongshang Primary School
Junyuan Primary School
Poi Ching School
St. Hilda’s Primary School
Tampines North Primary School
Tampines Primary School
Yumin Primary School
Dunman Secondary School
East Spring Secondary School
East View Secondary School
Junyuan Secondary School
Ngee Ann Secondary School
Pasir Ris Secondary School
Springfield Secondary School
St. Hilda’s Secondary School
Tampines Secondary School
Tampines Junior College
United World College of South East Asia (Tampines Campus)
Canossa Convent Primary School
East Coast Primary School
Eunos Primary School
Geylang Methodist School (Primary)
Haig Girls’ School
Macpherson Primary School
Maha Bodhi School
Maris Stella High School
Ngee Ann Primary School
St. Gabriel’s Primary School
Tao Nan School
Yangzheng Primary School
Bartley Secondary School
CHIJ Katong Convent
Geylang Methodist School (Secondary)
MacPherson Secondary School
Manjusri Secondary School
Ping Yi Secondary School
St. Gabriel’s Secondary School
Zhonghua Secondary School
Nanyang Junior College
Punggol Tuition Branch:
Casuarina Primary School
Compassvale Primary School
Coral Primary School
Edgefield Primary School
Elias Park Primary School
Greendale Primary School
Horizon Primary School
Loyang Primary School
Mee Toh School
Meridian Primary School
North Vista Primary School
Palm View Primary School
Park View Primary School
Pasir Ris Primary School
Punggol Primary School
Punggol Green Primary School
Punggol View Primary School
Seng Kang Primary School
White Sands Primary School
Yio Chu Kang Primary School
Compassvale Secondary School
Coral Secondary School
Edgefield Secondary School
Greendale Secondary School
Greenview Secondary School
Hai Sing Catholic School
Loyang Secondary School
North Vista Secondary School
Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School
Punggol Secondary School
Seng Kang Secondary School
Siglap Secondary School
Meridian Junior College
North Spring Primary School
Rivervale Primary School
CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent
Anchor Green Primary School
Fernvale Primary School
Nan Chiau Primary School
Sengkang Green Primary School
Springdale Primary School
Nan Chiau High School
Pei Hwa Secondary School
Current PSLE Syllabus outlined by SEAB MOE website Jan 2015 onwards
PSLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Implemented from the Year of Examination 2015
PURPOSE OF EXAMINATION
The purpose of the examination is to assess the candidates’ attainment in English Language based on the Learning Outcomes stated in the English Language Syllabus 2010: Primary & Secondary (Express / Normal [Academic]). The Learning Outcomes form the basis for the assessment objectives listed on page 3.
In this English Language examination, candidates will be assessed on their ability to:
In Paper 1 (Writing)
AO1 write to suit purpose, audience and context in a way that is clear and effective
AO2 use appropriate register and tone in a variety of texts
AO3 generate and select relevant ideas, organising and expressing them in a coherentand cohesive manner
AO4 use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
AO5 use a variety of vocabulary appropriately, with clarity and precision
In Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension)
AO1 demonstrate comprehension of a range of texts at the literal and inferential levels
AO2 show understanding of implied meaning, and make judgement and evaluation, byreading and/or viewing closely and critically
AO3 show understanding of how contextual use of lexical and grammatical itemsshapes meaning
AO4 demonstrate the correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and theappropriate use of vocabulary in given contexts
In Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)
AO1 demonstrate understanding of the content of a variety of spoken texts at the literal and inferential levels
AO2 identify key messages, main ideas and details in a variety of spoken texts
AO3 infer and draw conclusions by listening critically
In Paper 4 (Oral Communication)
AO1 read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage
AO2 produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage
AO3 express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively inconversing with the examiner
AO4 speak fluently and with grammatical accuracy, using a range of appropriatevocabulary and structures
Candidates will be assessed in the following areas:
NO. OF ITEMS
Situational Writing Continuous Writing
1 h 10 min
(Language Use and Comprehension)
Visual Text Comprehension
Editing for Spelling and Grammar
Synthesis / Transformation
MCQ MCQ MCQ MCQ
OE OE OE
10 5 5 8
15 5 10
10 5 5 8
15 10 20
1 h 50 min
About 35 min
1 visual stimulus
About 10 min (5 min preparation time; about 5 min examination time)
Part 1 (Situational Writing): Candidates will be required to write a short functional piece (e.g. letter, email, report) to suit the purpose, audience and context of a given situation.
Part 2 (Continuous Writing): Candidates will be required to write a composition of at least 150 words in continuous prose on a given topic. Three pictures will be provided on the topic offering different angles of interpretation. Candidates may also come up with their own interpretation of the topic.
Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension)
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to use language correctly and to comprehend visual and textual information.
Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)
This paper comprises 20 multiple-choice questions which test candidates’ ability to understand spoken English. The texts may be in the form of news items, announcements, advertisements, instructions, explanations, conversations, speeches and stories. Graphic representations will be used for the first seven items. Each text will be read twice. Time will be given for candidates to read the questions before the first reading of each text.
Paper 4 (Oral Communication)
For Reading Aloud, candidates are assessed on their ability to pronounce and articulate words clearly, as well as their ability to read fluently with appropriate expression and rhythm. For Stimulus-based Conversation, candidates are assessed on their ability to give a personal response to a visual stimulus and engage in a conversation on a relevant topic.
For Examination from 2009
PURPOSE OF THE EXAMINATION
The purpose of the Mathematics examination is to assess pupils’ attainment in mathematics at the end of primary education with respect to the objectives of the 2007 Mathematics (Primary) syllabus. pdf file-PSLE-maths-primary-2007
Pupils should be able to:
recall specific mathematical facts, concepts, rules and formulae, and performstraightforward computations. (Knowledge)
interpret data and use mathematical concepts, rules and formulae, and solveroutine or familiar mathematical problems. (Comprehension)
analyse data and/or apply mathematical concepts, rules and formulae in acomplex situation, and solve unfamiliar problems. (Application & Analysis)EXAMINATION FORMATThe examination consists of two written papers comprising three booklets.
Number of questions
Number of marks per question
1 h 40 min
Structured / Long-answer
3, 4, 5
2 h 30 min
Both papers will be scheduled on the same day with a break between the two papers.
Paper 1 comprises two booklets. The use of calculators is not allowed.
Paper 2 comprises one booklet. The use of calculators is allowed.
For each question, four options are provided of which only one is the correct answer. A candidate has to choose one of the options as his correct answer.
For each question, a candidate has to write his answer in the space provided. Any unit required in an answer is provided and a candidate has to give his answer in that unit.
Structured / Long-answer Question
For each question, a candidate has to show his method of solution (working steps) clearly and write his answer(s) in the space(s) provided.
For examination from 2010
PURPOSE OF THE EXAMINATION
The PSLE Science Paper assesses pupils’ attainment in Science with respect to the aims of Primary Science Education as stated in the 2008 Science (Primary) syllabus pdf file- psle-science-primary-2008.
The assessment objectives are as follows:
Knowledge with UnderstandingPupils should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific facts, concepts and principles.
Application of Knowledge and Process SkillsPupils should be able to:
apply scientific facts, concepts and principles to new situations.
use one or a combination of the following basic process skills:
Using apparatus and equipment
EXAMINATION FORMAT Format of Paper
The examination consists of one written paper comprising two booklets, Booklet A and Booklet B.
Number of questions
Number of marks per question
I Booklet A consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. Each multiple-choice question carries 2 marks.
II Booklet B consists of 14 open-ended questions. Each open-ended question carries 2, 3 or 4 marks.
Duration of Paper
The duration of the paper is 1 hour 45 minutes.
the above is downloaded from seab.com.sg and is correct as of 3rd April 2015. Any revisions from this date on shall be updated by educatesg.com and updated with notes. This page is intended for use by edukate Singapore Tuition Centre students and parents for their reference and examination planning schedule. Kindly disregard if otherwise. Thank you.
Its the time of the year, 2 months to go for PSLE or GCE O’ Levels and the panic buttons are being pushed. Here’s a crash course and survival guide:
Clear out the junk on your table and make your room conducive for studying. This shall be your goto place for study and make sure it is bright and peaceful. A clear table stops any distraction as well. No TV, games, computers, handphones. Just you and your work.
The 5 P’s
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Write out all the topics that needs to be revised. Calculate how much time that needs. Add in hours to be spent on revision papers and past year exam papers . Divide that by how many weeks more to exams and that is how much time you need to study a day, at the very least. Which leads us to the need for a time table.
Have a timetable
Set up a time table and schedule every minute. Time management is important in making sure all the topics are covered. Do put in little breathers as all work as no play makes Jack/Jane a dull person.
Start with revising topics
Revise topics from the easiest to the hardest. This helps in covering lots of easy topics fast and as confidence grows, work up to the harder stuff.
Have a really solid tutor that you can count on. (Contact Us) Generally someone who knows enough of your syllabus that you can get help fast and download as much information to you in the shortest time possible. There will be times when you are revising and there’s some questions where you will hit the wall. Mark those down and ask. This will boost your confidence.
Get those past year papers
Once done with revision, time to hit those past year exam papers. If you have a hard time looking for it, send us an email and we can help you out in obtaining them.
Sleep your 9 hours worth
Research has proven that peak performance occurs for individuals that clocks in 9 hours of sleep consistently. Your brain will thank you for it.
Study hard now, slow down when it gets nearer to exams
That’s stress management. Plan to cover more at the beginning and slower in the end. As the exam nears, we need to spend lesser on studying and more time organising our memory palace. Making sure everything is at your fingertips when you need it and cooling down to make sure your brains can handle the stress when the exam starts.
The calm before the storm
It is best to spend time prepping for the big day. Both mentally and physically. Run through how you will do your papers in your mind. Eat healthy food, on time and drink lots of water. Staying healthy is key to peak performance. Exercise too but not anything that will break bones and end in a trip to hospital. Staying sharp and well rested will keep any sickness at bay.
Stay happy and optimistic
Its also important to stay happy. So whenever you feel things turning dark, slow down and take a breather. Go hang out with friends and family. Do remember its just an exams and its never the end of the world. If you planned it right and did your best, chances are, you’ll be doing alright.
Synching your body to the exam time tables
Your body is a creature of habit. Wake up and sleep at the same time every day. This includes the weekends. Study at the same time as the exam time table. Sit down for the whole duration of an exam, approximately 2 hours, and do not make any toilet trips during that time. Eat at the same time too as you do not want to get hungry or thirsty during exams. Get your body accustomed to handle the stresses of an exam. Don’t change this until the exams are over. This will lessen distractions and help you in concentrating fully on the exams.
Have a checklist of what you need for the exams. Different papers requires different equipment so make sure to bring it along with respect to the paper at hand. Don’t forget your identification papers too. Buy spares and have all your equipment checked for proper working conditions. I always advise students to have duplicates of all their stationery. Better to have more than less or risk repeating another year to retake the exams. Generally speaking, pens are never enough in an exams, and two calculators just in case one gives up mid way.
Listen to everything the examiner says and only start when they say so. Don’t worry about what happens around you and just worry about your own paper. That’s your own paper and that is the most important task to you right there and then. Do it at a good pace and never worry if someone else are done earlier than you. Once you have completed, make sure that all pages are attempted, your name/identification number is on the paper, and check your work until time is up. You are given a set time for the paper and not a single second should be wasted so make sure you squeeze every mark out of that paper.
Home Sweet Home
Once the paper is done, get back home and do not discuss the exam questions with your friends. That’s just counter productive and could demoralise you if you find out that there is things that you got wrong. Crying over spilt milk won’t help you or get you a better grade once the paper is handed in. Besides, you will never see that paper again in your life so forget and look forward to the next exam. You are better off wisely spending that time winding down, resetting and start preparing for the next paper.
Keeping yourself optimistic, healthy and happy is a key to achieving a great result.
This week for English (Upper Primary level), we shall talk about Troy, the Trojan War, and Achilles, where the phrase “It is your achilles heel” comes to mean one’s weakness. Below is a Youtube video of The True Story of Troy from History Channel.
Often have I heard parents complain about their child’s lack of reading story books. In Singapore, this is made worse with electronics like games and smartphones becoming a staple in everyday activities of our children. Texting and all that distraction becomes the scourge of the millennium to some parents. Made worse with social media and the need for kids to fit in with their peers.
So how do we change the tides and make the kids read?
reading as enjoyment
First and foremost, reading has to be enjoyable to our children. It has to be fun, and definitely a million miles away from being a chore. That is the key to starting them on the right path. So let’s see what we can do to make this fun.
information information information
Children are naturally inquisitive. They crave information of the world they are in. They are natural learners and if you can light the spark of curiosity, they will carry that spark and more often then not, you will not need to do anymore from then on. One way I create curiosity in my students are to tell them stories. Stories of great people like Julius Caeser and how he is forever remembered in our month July named after him. Stories of how our forefathers struggles lead us to where we are today. Make sure its fun, and something amazing and once you catch their attention, they will want to know more, after which, I print out relevant articles of that story, and they will start reading. With much curiosity.
The idea is to seed their imagination, and slowly they will latch on and take it upon themselves to find out more. And that’s where we welcome in the 21st Century. The internet is a fabulous playground for the child. Google their curiosity away and make technology you were lamenting turn to your favour.
Bear in mind, some stories works wonders to certain groups of students, some not so much. Which leads us to the next point.
customise your reading
Recognise that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. There is an art in tailoring materials that suits your child. More often than not, you probably know what your child likes. Every kid is unique, and what might work for one, will probably not work for another. Recognize that if you like Lord of the Rings, might not be what your child will naturally take after. Harry Potter perhaps, or even the great Classics.
Make sure they find it new and relevant, and something they don’t find old fashioned. Nothing stops them dead on their tracks faster than information that is irrelevant and old. Its like owning an old beat up car that you won’t want to show off to your friends. Information that is old makes kids feel like they are learning something that everyone else knows, pretty much like an old beat up car.
the story doesn’t stop there
Support your child’s interests by researching not just the topic itself, but everything else that surrounds the topic.
Transformers the movie comes along and you can start talking about Transformers. Wikipedia has articles about Transformers. Why? How? What? Who? Talk about Peter Cullen and how he got to voice Optimus Prime. Talk about your own experiences about Transformers in your childhood.
The innards and the stories surrounding a story makes it more interesting for your child. Its like a secret that no one else knows. Sssshhhh….. let me tell you something special… and they get all tingly because it makes them special.
be the pillar of knowledge
This is probably a good way to make a child read. Children usually learn more when they find a role model to emulate. Tell them things that we know. Our own stories, knowledge, and pass it on to them. When we tell them so much information, they will want to be exactly like us. And when they find out that we got our knowledge from reading, they will definitely want to do the same too. Birds of a feather, flocks together.
library vs bookshops
Again, technology is starting to be wide spread in this arena. Libraries are finding ways to keep up with the times and don’t forget Amazon’s kindle which is an electronic book. We can easily buy a book off the internet, or even download one of the many free ebooks that are available. iPads are starting to get into the act too with lots of free downloads. The thing is, do what your child likes. Bring your kids to the library, see if they like reading by borrowing books, or try to get down to a bookshop and let them have their fun browsing. Also, go to different libraries as some are swankier than the others. Like us, kids likes new places. And look good too doing it.
So there you go, it takes a bit of effort to start your child on the track. But once you unlock their potential, they will fuel their own passions. All we need is just to kickstart them onto the right path.
This is an English composition written by a student doing Cambridge O’ levels in 2014.
Standard: GCE O’levels.
In the 21st Century, there has been a vast technological advancement compared to the 20th Century, especially with the development of the internet as a tool for social networking with English as lingua franca. English is a tool in Singapore to communicate effectively with people, locally and internationally. English has two main functions in Singapore’s community: To communicate internationally, and to unify the three main ethnic groups of Singapore.
Singapore is made up of three main ethnicities, Malays, Indians and Chinese, with their own distinct cultural heritage and language. Under the directives of the Singapore Government, English is a compulsory subject for education and represents a disadvantage to those that do not incorporate English into their linguistic abilities to complete their education, as well as to secure a job in an English speaking business environment that Singapore adopted. However, if Singaporeans communicates only in English, this will lead to a loss of culture from the ethnic groups and our ability to engage with our neighbouring countries in South East Asia.
The government of Singapore has a bilingual approach to our education system, with English as its compulsory medium of communication. This approach is effected from kindergarten onwards, with English taught to ages four and above. Learning English for the three ethnic groups is based on equality and where no advantages are built in for these groups. It requires all three groups to adopt a new neutral language of English, and puts every group in equal standing and fairness. With English as the main economic language in Singapore, it is imperative for these ethnic groups to master English to gain economic viability. Securing a job and access to a career in Singapore is one of the main reasons for acquiring English as a language.
Singapore is a business hub with multinational companies (MNC) setting up its branches here. Their lingua franca: English. With the United Kingdom and United States of America being strong driving forces economically, English has become a common language that is used throughout the world. With MNC’s setting up in Singapore, it also becomes an economic question that Singaporeans have to answer. To attract more businesses to Singapore, we have to create an environment that can support and service these businesses. If their mode of communication is English, it is only wise and economically beneficial that we converse in that same language. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Of course, being solely dependent on English has its disadvantages, mainly, a loss of culture and our ability to communicate with non-English speaking people or countries.
Singapore’s three main ethnic groups presents a rich and diverse heritage which makes Singapore unique in presenting a harmonious and thriving society to visitors of Singapore. The inability to converse in their own mother tongue will eventually dilute their heritage and lose their ability to experience their own culture, alienating themselves from their own historical background. It is a case of adopting an English language and its culture, and losing their own. Diversity brings pride to its occupants, interests from others and a curiosity to be discovered and shared. With 21st Century cosmopolitan cities looking more alike, similar architectures, built up areas, services and facilities, tourists will be looking at unique countries to spend their savings on as they would be more likely to be attracted to historically and culturally different landscapes than their own.
We will also lose our ability to engage our neighbouring countries, mainly Malaysia and Indonesia. Their predominant use of Bahasa is similar to the mother tongue our Malay community uses, which is an advantage as it lowers any friction from misunderstandings and miscommunications if we were to use English with them, and needing a translation to bridge that language gap. To converse with them in their Bahasa is a sign of respect to them, and our efforts to maintain cordial relations with them will not go unnoticed.
The 21st Century brings with it fresh challenges and a more dynamic world than ever before. We cannot predict what happens next, nor what information or skill set will be needed to survive the near future. English lets us relieve some of these apprehensions. As it is an internationally accepted language, knowing how to read, write and speak it allows us to be adaptable to change. With readily available literature and media in English, it helps us to learn new skills, acquire new information and news easily. Fleet footedness is the key to survival. Since the spine of learning is the English language, then blossom we will with English to grow upon.
For more on our English lessons, call Yuet Ling +65 82226327