Singapore falls to 15th place in ranking of world’s best cities for university students -ST

More news on university ranking in Singapore for today as Singapore falls to 15th place according to this article from straitstimes.com with an extract of it below:

by Amelia Teng

“SINGAPORE – Singapore has fallen 12 spots to 15th place in a ranking of the world’s best cities for university students.

Last year the London-based educational consultancy Quacuarelli Symonds (QS) ranked the Republic third in the world and the best in Asia.

However when it released this year’s table this morning it had plummeted, which QS said was due to adjustments made to some factors.

Cities were given scores across five categories for 18 measures, including four new ones that looked at their level of pollution, safety, transparency and tolerance.

Existing indicators included affordability and employability

– See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/singapore-falls-15th-place-ranking-worlds-best-cities-university-stud#sthash.ofKMztBO.dpuf

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Singapore Studies and Education Statistics 2014

Here’s some perspective of our education in Singapore. All data obtained from http://www.singstat.gov.sg

Singapore literacy rate (for 15 years and above) is at 96.5% with males at 98.5% and females at 94.6%. However, there is no change for males literacy from previous years but females upped 0.2% from 94.4% previously.

Singaporeans with Secondary education or higher (for 25 years and above) has increased from 67.7% to 68.8% with males 71.8% and females 66%.

Our mean years of studying are 10.5 years with males at 11.0 years and females at 10.0 years.

Also interesting, our social indicators have improved with 20 doctors for every 10,000 population as compared to 19 doctors from the previous data.

by Wong Kin Leong eduKateSG

Pinevale Tampines

Exercise your brains for exam preparation.

Whether you are preparing for GCE, GCSE, IB, PSLE, SAT, or any examination, it is imperative to get your brains fit for the exams. Try these few websites for free brain teasers:

1) Brainmetrix.com contains general games that tests most of brain activities.  IQ based, Cognitive and even Sudoku can be found free in here.

BrainMetrix.com screen capture by Wong Kin Leong
BrainMetrix.com screen capture

2) GamesForTheBrains.com is also a general brain teaser free games website that are simple for children to navigate. Just click on the links you find on the frontpage and you are all set to go.

http://www.gamesforthebrain.com
http://www.gamesforthebrain.com screeen capture

3) BrainHQ.com is another website but it is slick and organised into memory, attention, brain speed, people skills, intelligence, and navigation exercises. However, it does need a sign up to get the basic tier games, and to access the full site there is a purchase involved.

by Wong Kin Leong eduKateSG
BrainHQ.com screen capture

 

by Wong Kin Leong eduKateSG Pinevale Tampines.

 

 

Top 5 Tips to Study for PSLE

1) Get yourself a dedicated studystation.

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

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Top 10 Educated Celebrities (with a degree to boot)

10) Brad Pitt-University of Missouri-Journalism

Brad Pitt-University of Missouri-Journalism
Brad Pitt-University of Missouri-Journalism

9) Jake Gyllenhaal-Columbia University-Eastern Religion and Philosophy

Jake Gyllenhaal-Columbia University-Eastern Religion and Philosophy
Jake Gyllenhaal-Columbia University-Eastern Religion and Philosophy

8) Ashley Judd-University of Kentucky-French

Ashley Judd-University of Kentucky-French
Ashley Judd-University of Kentucky-French

7) Matthew McConaughey-University of Texas, Austin-Pre-Law

Matthew McConaughey-University of Texas, Austin-Pre-Law
Matthew McConaughey-University of Texas, Austin-Pre-Law

6) George Clooney-University of Kentucky-Journalism

George Clooney-University of Kentucky-Journalism
George Clooney-University of Kentucky-Journalism

5) Mayim Bialik-University of California-Neuroscience

4) Will Ferrell-University of Southern California-Sports Information

3) Ken Jeong-Duke University-Pre-Med

2) Cate Blanchett-Melbourne University-Economics and Fine Arts

1) Rowan Atkinson-Newcastle University-Electrical Engineering

by Wong Kin Leong

eduKate SG

Tampines, Pinevale.

Top 10 Things to do for the school holidays Nov-Dec

10) Botanical Gardens Orchid Gardens Students Special

Singapore Botanical Gardens organizes a programme for students, a holiday special with Orchids as their main theme.

extract from their website:

Description:

Did you know that orchids are one of the largest and most diverse families of flowering plants in the world?

From 8 to 23 November 2014, we are extending free admission to National Orchid Garden to students and accompanying adults.

Opening hours: 8.30am to 7.00pm daily (last admission is at 6.00pm).

Free admission criteria
1. Children 12 years old and below
2. Students are required to present valid student cards
3. Adults accompanying children and/or students

9) Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck

See Singapore from another point of view, its all about perspective. Your kids will love the views from the top of Singapore’s famous landmark.

extract from their website:

Please check for Sands SkyPark closures before your visit.

Prices:

S$23 for adults

S$17 for children (aged between 2 – 12 years*)

S$20 for senior citizens (aged 65 years and above)

Children under 2 years may enter for free.

  • Tickets can be purchased for a specific date up to one month in advance.
  • Same-day admission tickets can only be purchased at Marina Bay Sands Box Offices.
  • Please note that a condition of sale is there are no exchanges or refunds once the purchase has been made.

Where to buy:

Marina Bay Sands website

Ticketing Hotline: +65 6688 8826

Marina Bay Sands Box Offices

  • ArtScience Museum Lobby
  • Concierge Desk, Hotel Lobby Tower 1
  • Retail Concierge, The Shoppes L1
  • SkyPark Ticketing Counter, Tower 3 B1
  • Theatres, The Shoppes B1

for the visit
4. Not applicable to tour groups and tickets purchased in advance

8) Chinatown Heritage Centre

This is a fairly hidden gem in Singapore’s local highlights but its a truly brilliant gem indeed. Three shophouses at Pagoda Street recreates our Singapore history in complete historical settings. How our forefathers lived and eat is faithfully recreated in this beautiful building. Your kids will learn how Singapore started and its rich cultural history, and there’s even a kopitiam in the building when you get hungry or thirsty.

7) Haji Lane

Food? Check. Culture? Check. Shopping? Check. Art? Check. Haji Lane is a smörgåsbord of all things new and old, chic and traditional, young and elderly. It is the cross junction of our past, present and future. There’s lots of things to do for everyone and with Orchard and Marina Bay area a stone’s throw away, Haji Lane has established itself as a fringe community with a strong-willed resolve to show the world that there’s more to do in Singapore than eating, banking, shopping, shipping, flying and going to the movies. Walk into its varied food joints to taste local food, or run into its many beautiful arty cafe’s. Or just walk around and soak in the art installations by the side of the buildings. Shopping is a good idea too, with plenty to offer along the shophouses.

6) Dempsey Hill

My army camp was located here before it revamped itself into Dempsey Hill, the placed to go when you want to get away from the city and cosy up to some beautiful restaurants and shops. Its old world charm redefined for the present. My favourite cafe there will definitely be” jones the grocer”. And its not even exactly a cafe as they sell grocery and speciality food items.

To be Continued… wait for the next installment where we reveal the top 5. Hang in there.

by Wong Kin Leong

edukateSG

Pinevale, Tampines St 73

Christmas is Coming! 2014

Coolest stuff you can get for your kids this Christmas. Presents and more presents and beware, you might want one for yourself.

1) Boogie Board eWriters http://www.myboogieboard.com/na/

Go paperless and your kids can write/draw/doodle without worrying if you are clearing a forest to do that.

2) Skatecycle

Another form of skates hits the streets. It looks like it came out from the movie TRON.

3) Giant Jenga

Ellen plays it on her show. And everyone goes nuts when it goes all wobbly. So go big… get a Giant Jenga and see everyone gather together and go wide eyed gaga. Jenga! Jenga! Jenga!

4) Lego

Lego is making a big comeback, in games, in movies, in toys, in theme parks and why not, its really an awesome way to get creative for your kids. Nothing is impossible with Lego and its all here… http://www.lego.com/

5) Lomography Lomo’Instant

http://shop.lomography.com/us/cameras/lomo-instant

The latest camera from this uber fashionable art/camera/lifestyle gadget. Selfie yourself and have it on Fuji Instax format. Oh did I mention it looks so pretty? It does!

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article written by Wong Kin Leong, eduKateSG Tampines St73

School Terms and Holidays 2015

Herein lies important dates for Singapore schools and our operating schedules for 2015. Parents take note that eduKate SG operates on all days except public holidays stated in SECTION 3.2 

(all information are subject to changes from MOE and is only intended to be used as a rough guideline. dated 4th Nov 2014)

extract from MOE website:

School Terms and Holidays For 2015

1.0) The school year for 2015 for all MOE primary and secondary schools will start from Friday, 2 January and end on Friday, 20 November 2015. This takes into account 40 weeks of curriculum time for teaching and learning before the start of the national examinations, and six weeks of school vacation at end of year for teachers and students.

1.1) School Calendar 2015

PRIMARY & SECONDARY
Semester I
Term I Fri 2 Jan – Fri 13 Mar
Term II Mon 23 Mar to Fri 29 May
Semester II
Term III Mon 29 Jun to Fri 4 Sep
Term IV Mon 14 Sep to Fri 20 Nov
JUNIOR COLLEGE (JC) Year 1 & Millennia Institute (MI) Year 1 MI Year 2 JC Year 2 & MI Year 3
Semester I
Term I Mon 2 Feb – Fri 13 Mar Mon 5 Jan – Fri 13 Mar
Term II Mon 23 Mar to Fri 29 May
Semester II
Term III Mon 29 Jun to Fri 4 Sep
Term IV Mon 14 Sep to Fri 20 Nov Mon 14 Sep to end of ‘A’-level exams

1.2) School Vacation 2015

2.0) The four vacation periods for schools, junior colleges and centralised institute for 2015 will be as follows:

PRI & SEC
Between Terms I & II Sat 14 Mar – Sun 22 Mar
Between Semesters I & II Sat 30 May – Sun 28 Jun
Between Terms III & IV Sat 5 Sep – Sun 13 Sep
At End of School Year Sat 21 Nov – Thu 31 Dec
JC Year 1,
MI Year 1 & MI Year 2
JC Year 2 &
MI Year 3
Between Terms I & II Sat 14 Mar – Sun 22 Mar
Between Semesters I & II Sat 30 May – Sun 28 Jun
Between Terms III & IV Sat 5 Sep – Sun 13 Sep
At End of School Year Sat 21 Nov – Thu 31 Dec End of ‘A’ Level exams – Thu 31 Dec

 

3.0) The scheduled school holidays and public holidays for 2015 will be as follows:

3.1) Scheduled School Holidays 2015

Youth Day Sun 5 Jul
(The following Monday, 6 Jul 2015 will be a scheduled school holiday)
Teachers’ Day Fri 4 Sept
Children’s Day
for primary schools and primary sections of full schools only)
Fri 9 Oct

3.2) Public Holidays 2015

Term I New Year’s Day Thu 1 Jan
Chinese New Year Thu 19 Feb
Fri 20 Feb
Term II Good Friday Fri 3 Apr
Labour Day Fri 1 May
Vesak Day Mon 1 Jun
Term III Hari Raya Puasa Fri 17 Jul
National Day *Sun 9 Aug
Term IV Hari Raya Haji Thu 24 Sep
Deepavali **Tue 10 Nov
Christmas Day Fri 25 Dec
*The next day, Mon 10 Aug 2015, will be a public holiday.
**Tentatively, Deepavali will fall on 10 November in 2015. This date will need to be reconfirmed against the Hindu Almanac when it is available. Should there be a change in date, the Ministry of Manpower will issue a media release to announce the change accordingly.

 

4) The school terms and holidays for 2015 is available on the MOE’s website atwww.moe.gov.sg/schools/terms-and-holidays/2015/

 

prepared by Wong Kin Leong

edukate SG

Tampines St 73

Singapore

New Syllabus 2015 Primary School English, PSLE MOE Syllabus, EduKate Singapore.

English Tuition News update November 2014:

Dear Parents,

Please be informed of the new format change in Primary School English, Singapore for 2015. This applies to PSLE English exam format and class practices, most noticeable in the Composition and Comprehension section. This change shall affect and include the PSLE syllabus for English, 2015 by Ministry of Education, MOE Singapore.

So parents buying the new assessment books or textbooks, kindly purchase only the latest revision or wait till the new books are out before purchasing. Currently, I still see the 2014 Assessment books being sold in the stores and it will be a waste buying that version to replace with the new ones later on.

Here is a summary of the changes, as informed by the MOE. A copy of the syllabus is included at the bottom of this page. (downloaded from SEAB website)

The Same:

English skill levels are the same as PSLE 2014. The syllabus remains as the STELLAR programme introduced by MOE in 2013 for Primary 4 students. This is the chronological order of revisions to MOE’s EL Syllabus.

  • 2001-New EL Syllabus introduced.
  • 2006-EL Syllabus review by EL Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee
  • 2010-incorporation of changes recommended by 2006 Review Committee to previous 2001 EL Syllabus
  • 2013-STELLAR Programme starts for Primary 4
  • 2015-revision of STELLAR programme only to format of PSLE English Language (EL) and Foundation English Language (FEL)

The Changes:

New Assessment books for PSLE ENGLISH SEAB Syllabus 2015

2015 changes to PSLE EL and FEL Papers are as follows:

  • Continuous Writing: Changes from optioning 2 fixed scenario question to 1 visual stimulated question. Freedom to write using  narrative, exposition, descriptive or any appropriate methods taught in school. Approach to story writing from different perspectives, leading to multiple plots for different candidates. Creative writing and freedom in thought seems to be embraced in this revision.
  • Comprehension: New format with tables and different ways to answer questions, requiring students to be able to adapt answering skills to changing situations.
  • Listening Comprehension: Higher amounts of visual stimulation so that candidates will require a higher mastery of their cognitive skills to answer questions properly.
  • Oral Communication: Picture Discussion and Conversation will be replaced to Stimulus based Conversation. It shall be themed to the reading aloud piece and shall require students to give their own views on the topic. This is in line with the MOE to require students to be more social and interactive, improving their social skills for the 21st Century.
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Here is a copy of the PSLE English Syllabus by MOE:

PSLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SYLLABUS 2015

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.
ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES In this English Language examination, candidates will be assessed on their ability to:

In Paper 1 (Writing)

  1. AO1  write to suit purpose, audience and context in a way that is clear and effective
  2. AO2  use appropriate register and tone in a variety of texts
  3. AO3  generate and select relevant ideas, organising and expressing them in a coherentand cohesive manner
  4. AO4  use correct grammar, spelling and punctuation
  5. AO5  use a variety of vocabulary appropriately, with clarity and precision

In Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension)

  1. AO1  demonstrate comprehension of a range of texts at the literal and inferential levels
  2. AO2  show understanding of implied meaning, and make judgement and evaluation, byreading and/or viewing closely and critically
  3. AO3  show understanding of how contextual use of lexical and grammatical itemsshapes meaning
  4. AO4  demonstrate the correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and theappropriate use of vocabulary in given contexts

In Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension)

  1. AO1  demonstrate understanding of the content of a variety of spoken texts at the literal and inferential levels
  2. AO2  identify key messages, main ideas and details in a variety of spoken texts
  3. AO3  infer and draw conclusions by listening critically

In Paper 4 (Oral Communication)

  1. AO1  read with good pronunciation, clear articulation and appropriate intonation in order to convey the information, ideas and feelings in a passage
  2. AO2  produce a well-paced, fluent reading of a passage
  3. AO3  express their personal opinions, ideas and experiences clearly and effectively inconversing with the examiner
  4. AO4  speak fluently and with grammatical accuracy, using a range of appropriatevocabulary and structures
EXAMINATION FORMAT Candidates will be assessed in the following areas:
PAPER
COMPONENT
ITEM TYPE
NO. OF ITEMS
MARKS
WEIGHTING
DURATION
1 (Writing)
Situational Writing Continuous Writing
OE OE
1 1
15 40
27.5%
1 h 10 min
2 (Language Use and Comprehension)
Booklet A: Grammar Vocabulary Vocabulary Cloze Visual Text Comprehension Booklet B: Grammar Cloze Editing for Spelling and Grammar Comprehension Cloze Synthesis / Transformation Comprehension OE
MCQ MCQ MCQ MCQ OE OE OE OE OE
10 5 5 8 10 12 15 5 10
10 5 5 8 10 12 15 10 20
47.5%
1 h 50 min
3 (Listening Comprehension)
Listening Comprehension
MCQ
20
20
10%
About 35 min
4 (Oral Communication)
Reading Aloud Stimulus-based Conversation
OE OE
1 passage 1 visual stimulus
10 20
15%
About 10 min (5 min preparation time; about 5 min examination time)
Total
200
100%
Legend: MCQ Multiple-choice questions OE Open-ended questions

Paper 1 (Writing)

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.

Press Releases (from moe.gov.sg)

September 3, 2012

Learning of English to Develop 21st Century Competencies

STELLAR English for Upper Primary to Start from Primary 4 Next Year

1) Upper primary students can look forward to more interactive English lessons with the implementation of the revised 2010 English Language (EL) Syllabus at Primary Four from 2013. The new syllabus incorporates a sharper focus on 21st century competencies to enable our students to communicate effectively and confidently in the globalised world. Students who are taught the new syllabus will sit for the revised Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) EL papers in 2015.

2) The Ministry of Education (MOE) reviews the EL Syllabus regularly to ensure that it is relevant to the changing environment and profile of our learners. The 2010 EL Syllabus builds on the strengths of the 2001 syllabus, and aims to equip our students with the language skills they need for day-to-day communication and for the next stage of learning. It emphasises building a strong foundation in the language and enriching language learning for all as recommended by the EL Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee in 2006.

3) The key feature of the new EL Syllabus is a systematic approach to teaching language skills, using rich texts and a variety of language resources to enable students to appreciate the language beyond the classroom. This approach is delivered through the Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR) programme in primary schools.

4) The STELLAR programme, developed by MOE, provides the instructional materials, teaching strategies and training to enable teachers to implement the EL syllabus effectively. The STELLAR programme is designed to cater to a diverse range of EL learners in our school system and was developed based on research carried out in Singapore schools. As part of the programme, EL is taught through stories and texts that appeal to children, with explicit grammar instruction. Students are provided with opportunities to express themselves in an environment where language learning can be enjoyable yet purposeful. Through the reading of engaging stories in class, students get to speak extensively, discussing and sharing their views with the teacher and their peers. The main purpose is to build students’ confidence in speech and writing, and enhance their learning of the language. Please refer to Annex A for an overview of the 2010 EL Syllabus. More information on the STELLAR programme can be found at the STELLAR website.

Assessment

5) The revised PSLE English Language (EL) and Foundation English Language (FEL) examination papers will be introduced from 2015, in line with the changes to the teaching syllabus. The language skills tested in the revised PSLE are the same as those tested in the current PSLE. However, the revised examination papers give greater emphasis to the 21st century competencies in the teaching syllabus by:

  • Giving students greater scope for providing personal response in speaking and writing
  • Greater emphasis on viewing skills integrated with listening and reading

6) The changes to the examination papers are outlined in Annex B.

Annex B

Revised PSLE English Language (EL) and Foundation English (FEL) Examinations

The revised English Language (EL) examination comprises four papers. The main revisions are as follows:

  1. For the Continuous Writing component of Paper 1, instead of two questions with fixed scenarios for candidates to choose from to write a narrative, one topic is offered which can be approached from any one of several perspectives. To help candidates think about the different perspectives of the topic, visuals will be provided. In addition, candidates will be free to write a narrative or exposition or any appropriate text type learned in schools.
  2. There will be a new Visual Text Comprehension section in Paper2 in the form of multiple choice questions (MCQs). One such example would be questions based on a poster.
  3. For the Comprehension Open-ended section in Paper 2, the types of questions will now be varied and could include, for example, tables which candidates will fill in using information from the passage.
  4. The Listening Comprehension paper will have more items with graphic representation compared to the existing paper.
  5. For the Oral Communication paper, the existing Picture Discussion and Conversation components will be replaced by the Stimulus-based Conversation component. Candidates will give their personal response to a visual stimulus that is thematically linked to the Reading Aloud passage. Candidates will then move on seamlessly to a discussion on a relevant topic.

The revised Foundation English Language (FEL) examination comprises four papers. The main revisions are as follows:

  1. For the Continuous Writing component in Paper 1, the visual stimulus, which is a series of three framed pictures in the current paper, will include an additional fourth frame featuring a question mark in the revised paper with the provision of helping words for each of the first three pictures. The picture-in- series format is to help candidates sequence their story while the question mark in the last frame is to give students the opportunity and flexibility to give their own endings to their stories.
  2. For the Comprehension Open-ended section in Paper 2, the types of questions will be varied (e.g., graphic organisers, multiple-choice questions and sequencing-type questions might be used). Pictures may be featured together with the comprehension passages.
  3. The FEL Listening Comprehension paper will also feature more items with graphic representation compared to the existing paper. There will be a new listening task in which candidates listen for main ideas and select the appropriate response from the three options for each MCQ.
  4. For the Oral Communication paper, the FEL paper will also feature a Stimulus-based Conversation component in place of the existing Picture Discussion and Conversation components.

The revisions are summarized below:

English Language

Foundation English Language

Giving students greater scope for providing personal response in speaking and writing

Paper 1(Continuous Writing): Greater scope for writing from different perspectives, and flexibility for candidates to choose any text type such as narrative or exposition.

Paper 4 (Oral Communication): New Stimulus-based Conversation component will feature a context familiar to students that will provide a springboard for conversation.

Paper 1(Continuous Writing): The picture series ends with a frame with a question mark to allow candidates the flexibility to give their own endings to their compositions.

Paper 4 (Oral Communication): New Stimulus-based Conversation component will feature a context familiar to students that will provide a springboard for conversation.

Greater emphasis on viewing skills integrated with listening and reading

Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension): New Visual Text Comprehension section that features a multi-modal print text which will include visuals such as pictures, diagrams, charts, graphs and tables together with the written texts.

Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension): Increase in the number of questions with graphic representation.

Paper 2 (Language Use and Comprehension): Pictures may be featured together with the Comprehension passages, where appropriate, to help students comprehend the texts.

Paper 3 (Listening Comprehension): Increase in the number of questions with graphic representation.

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Idioms and Phrases in the 21st Century

Modernise your writing with new phrases or idioms.

Time shifts language and adopts new words/phrases. As we continue into the 21st Century, usage of idioms have changed significantly in our society and time dictates certain idioms/phrases to be out of date and some that becomes fashionable.

Here’s a few fun ones:

  • take things easy
  • suck it up
  • keep in touch
  • speak of the devil
  • slip past
  • send me up the wall
  • you got me
  • hit it off
  • mixed up in
  • in summary

These phrases are definitely useful and fashionable right now, and gives a contemporary and modern feel to your writing. If your composition is written in a modern setting, keep the words trendy and fresh.

Or it depends on the characters that you use in your composition. When the person is older, he/she can take on an older vocabulary/phrase/idiom. But when the character is younger, then keep it trendy, like “Whoa! Nellie”.

So keep that in mind when you write your next composition. Certain phrases might sound archaic and eventhough it is contextually correct, it just gives a slightly musty feel to your writing, dusty covers and all.

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