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.

Young Parents (Singapore) - - YOUNG PARENTS SPECIAL -

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.

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