Secondary English Tuition
Secondary English tuition classes offered at Bishan Tuition Centres seek to refine students’ grasp of grammar and expand their existing vocabulary bank. They will also be trained in essential skills such as picking up relevant key points visually and aurally and ace the different components assessed at O Levels.
How our Secondary English tuition classes will help students to succeed at the examination
Our tuition programme provides comprehensive notes to support students in their revision. Students will also get the opportunity to refine their answering techniques and practise on a variety of questions from our many practice papers and topical tests that will prepare students for the english examinations.
Expansive and concise notes covering a variety of components such as writing techniques for different types of essays will help students learn effectively and efficiently during their revision.
Review answering techniques
Students will be able to improve upon and refine their answering techniques through numerous practice sessions and discussions conducted in our classes. This also serves as a way for tutors to identify and improve upon student’s errors.
Access numerous practice questions
As English is broad subject, we expose students to a variety of practice questions and prepare them to tackle the different types of questions effectively. Practice questions are modelled after the examinations to aid in exam familiarisation.
O Level English (1128) Syllabus
O Level English (1128) comprises of four papers – writing, comprehension, listening comprehension and oral communication. Students are assessed for a specific skillset in each paper respectively. By understanding the exam format and content of assessment, students will be better prepared for the lessons and the tests.
Paper 1 – Writing
In Paper 1, students are tasked to complete three sections within 1 hour and 50 minutes: Editing, Situational Writing and Continuous Writing.
- Section A involves editing, in which students are to identify and edit grammatical errors in a written text provided.
- In Section B, students have to write 250-350 words based on a provided situation with reference to a visual text.
- Section C requires students to write 350-500 words based on one of the four topics given.
Paper 1 carry 70 marks and 35% of the overall grade.
Paper 2 – Comprehension
In Paper 2, students have to complete three sections within 1 hour and 50 minutes: Visual Text, Narrative Comprehension and Non-Narrative Comprehension. Section B text can either be a narrative or a recount. As for Section C, the non-narrative text component involves short answer questions and an 80-word summary writing. Paper 2 carry 50 marks and 35% of the overall grade.
Paper 3 – Listening
In Paper 3, students have to complete two sections within 45 minutes.
- In Section A, students are to listen to several audio recordings twice and complete different listening tasks.
- In Section B, students will listen to an audio recording only once and attempt a note-taking exercise.
Paper 3 carry 30 marks and 10% of the overall grade.
Paper 4 – Oral Communication
In Paper 4, students have 10 minutes for preparation time and 10 minutes to undertake the oral examination. There are two parts: Reading Aloud and Spoken Interaction.
- In Part 1, students have to read aloud a short text
- In Part 2, students will engage in discussion with the examiners on a topic based on a visual stimulus provided.
Paper 4 carry 30 marks and 20% of the overall grade.
Study tips for O Level English
Take your command of English to the next level
English is a subject that takes time and practice to build. But if you’re pressed for time, here are some tips to boost your efficiency in picking up the language! Our study tips are offered by tutors with vast experiences in the industry, so students will be able take heed of it.
Strengthen your English language fundamentals
Knowing your basics well is key to having a strong foundation. Some ways you can do so is through reading and conversing in English regularly. We recommend asking friends for feedback on how your language use can be improved upon.
Nurture the sensitivity to identify and apply writing methods
Reading widely can enable you see how different writing styles are adopted across various situations. Sample essay pieces that cover a variety of themes, and newspapers are excellent places to start from.
Attain better understanding of current events and issues
A good knowledge of current affairs obtained from sources such as newspapers can broaden your scope of discussion in argumentative essays, aiding you in forming coherent, well-rounded opinions for various real-life issues.
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