By Mrs Elaine Loh
It’s the June school holiday and from here on, things will be moving pretty quickly for pupils sitting for the PSLE. Today, I will be giving you tips for the reading aloud component of the PSLE Oral exam which is applicable for children in the other levels as well.
The reading aloud component is the most overlooked component in the PSLE oral exam. Many parents encourage their children to practise the Stimulus-based Oral component more than the reading one since the reading aloud component carries just a third of the total oral grade. This wrong view can prove costly because the reading aloud component is the one where a child can hope to score the full mark easily if he knows what the examiner is looking out for. So what exactly are the examiners looking out for?
Put simply, the examiner is looking out for the following things:
- Well-paced and fluent reading. This means reading the passage smoothly and clearly.
- Accurate pronunciation and good intonation when reading in order to convey the right information, ideas and feelings in the passage.
So, before you get your child to practise reading aloud to you, here are some tips on how you can help him achieve what the examiner will be looking out for.