the write way to ace english
If your child didn’t do that well in the English mid-year exam, don’t fret. Tap on these expert tips to help improve his composition skills during the June school holidays.
What makes an outstanding composition?
Being able to compose a piece of writing is one thing, but does he know how to create a story that draws readers in, stimulates their imagination, engages them and makes them want to read more?
According to Duncan Rose, the British Council’s head of schools, there are many differences between a great composition and an average one.
“A strong piece of writing stands out for its clarity and uses a range of expression and grammatical structure,” he explains.
“A good writer also knows how to experiment with interesting uses of the language, explore stylistic devices, such as the ‘ve senses’, the ‘rule of three’, and ‘ashback’, and utilise gurative language, like similes and metaphors.
“An excellent piece of writing is also organised and features clear, supported arguments with a recognisable structure – that is, it makes a point, the point is elaborated on, an example is given to illustrate the point, and the example is linked to the story.” The mid-year examination results are out, and Junior didn’t do as well as he’d hoped for his English composition paper.
With English being a core subject, it’s understandable that you’d be worried about how he is coping with the language. After all, English is not the easiest language to master, especially if your child doesn’t speak it very much at home.