5 Habits for Primary Students in Singapore to Boost Their Chinese Listening Skills

For decades in Singapore, students have been steeped in a culture where English is used more frequently than Chinese because of its global advantages.

This scenario makes the PSLE Mother Tongue Listening Comprehension exam extremely difficult to pass and there are thousands of primary students in Singapore who are under pressure to score well in their listening comprehension test each year.

Chinese listening comprehension is the most important skill to learn and master. However, many PSLE students in Singapore still have a limited understanding of Chinese. This time, we have prepared some strategies to assist students in Singapore, including your child to become accustomed to a second language and achieve good results in their listening comprehension exams.
These five habits to practice daily will boost your child’s Chinese listening skills!

1. Grow Your Chinese Vocabulary


The foundation of boosting Chinese listening skill is vocabulary. It’s critical for your child to build a vocabulary bank of the Chinese language’s key terms and phrases.

All of the Chinese listening materials your child will use to enhance his listening comprehension are made up of vocabulary, and he can only grasp the information correctly if he knows a significant number of words. Don’t let your child be lazy and ensure that they study all of the new words they encounter.

Chinese vocabulary flashcards are one of the effective tools for students in Singapore to acquire new Chinese words. You can make them yourselves or enrol your child at Le Xue Education as Le Xue Education applies flashcards in their Chinese lessons, which helped their students master 1200 words in two years!

2. Respond to What You Hear


It’s not enough to just listen. In Singapore, you can also encourage your children to react to what they have heard. This allows them to check whether the information they received was correct and understood properly, and whether they could respond appropriately in the scenario.

Listening involves not just comprehending the Chinese words themselves, but also comprehending the context. As a result, students in Singapore can make an effort to answer the question they hear or to continue the conversation.

If you practise this exercise on a regular basis and in a variety of situations and themes, your listening comprehension will improve substantially and rapidly.  

3. Speak Chinese at Home


To improve your child’s Chinese listening skills, why not try speaking Chinese at home with your child? Practicing can not only help students in Singapore improve their listening and speaking abilities, but it will also help them to acquire Chinese vocabulary they didn’t know previously.

Your children will be introduced to Chinese phrases, linking words, and other important concepts that will aid in their Chinese language learning in Singapore. You also can encourage your children to ask you for an explanation or to repeat what you just said to boost their listening skills.  

4. Listen, Listen, Listen


Another habit to improve Singapore primary students’ listening skills is to actively and passively listen to Chinese regularly. Instead of catching every Chinese word, you have to absorb the primary meaning of the listening materials.

You can begin by listening to simple materials such as cartoons or children’s movies and ensure that you understand each sentence. First try to repeat each sentence after you’ve finished listening. Students in Singapore are also encouraged to listen to Chinese for at least 30 minutes each day and make listening to Chinese a long-lasting habit.  

5. Watch Chinese Movies with Subtitles On


Watching Chinese movies with subtitles or audio clips with transcripts can also help primary students in Singapore to enhance their listening comprehension. Other than listening skills, subtitles also can improve their reading skills.

With this strategy, your child may check for unfamiliar Chinese words and phrases. They also can look for more examples where these words and phrases are used correctly.  

Conclusion


The most important to have a good Chinese listening skill is consistency. Make sure you make learning Chinese a daily habit. Daily exposure to the Chinese environment will yield a better result. With the ideas above, students in Singapore will undoubtedly find it simpler to adapt to Chinese listening and be able to master the Chinese language.

Here at Le Xue Education, we have a team of dedicated tutors who are native in Chinese language and have rich experience in assisting our students in Singapore to be equipped with the Chinese skills that they need to master! Our 2022 registration is open now, Contact us to find out more information!

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