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Tips for PSLE Parents to Improve Child's Chinese Language

There are both internal and external competitions involved in receiving the PSLE Chinese Top Merit Award. Your child will grow more proficient and fluent at writing essays, passing comprehension tests, and responding to questions from reading papers the sooner you start working with them on these tasks.

PSLE Chinese exam day is quickly approaching, and many people might start to worry. Yet, this anxiety is frequently detrimental as it can impair your child’s capacity to learn and lead to unnecessary stress. You can have more fun with your youngster while helping them to comprehend the content more thoroughly by employing these 4 Chinese hacks. It’s never too early to begin enhancing your child’s knowledge of and proficiency in the Chinese language. 

1. Familiar with PSLE Chinese Exam Format

Your child has to understand how to prepare for the exam because the format of the PSLE Chinese exam differs slightly from that of the other courses. This can be done by being familiar with the format and being aware of where to go for help if you do. The listening comprehension and written text comprehension sections of the PSLE Chinese test are separate. Questions about sounds, words, and phrases are included in the listening comprehension section. Writing and reading comprehension are the two parts of the written text.

In part 1, there are a total of eight passages that include questions; each passage is read twice. Each of the four passages in Part 2 that contain questions is read aloud once. There are two parts to the reading section as well. Each of the four passages in Part 1 that contain questions is read aloud twice. Only one reading from Part 2’s four total passages with questions will be read aloud by your child when they complete the test. There are 30 minutes worth of questions on the listening comprehension test. This section will include 40 multiple-choice questions with a total of four alternative answers for each. Also, there are 10 short-answer questions that require students to write their responses in pinyin or Chinese characters (which means they need to know how to write).

There are 40 multiple-choice questions on the reading comprehension test as well. Yet, they are longer than the ones in the listening comprehension part since they ask for a deeper knowledge of the material read as well as the capacity to infer meaning from introduced that may not be directly expressed in the passage. This section does not contain any questions with a brief answers. The ability of your child to listen intently throughout the exam is essential because it will enable them to comprehend what is being said as the question paper is read aloud. If they understand what they hear, they’ll also answer correctly!

2. Deepen Your Child’s Chinese Learning

Deep learning gives kids more opportunities to advance. Skills-based programs are the future in this day and age. In addition to being able to read and write, children should also have the practical skills necessary to use the language in everyday situations. With this, parents can choose a Chinese enrichment class like Le Xue that promotes understanding of what students are learning rather than rote learning and regurgitating memorized answers in order to have increased emphasis on comprehension and oracy skills in PSLE.

Remember that it’s crucial to choose Chinese teachers who have the dedicated resources to provide students with advanced Chinese proficiency in light of the changes to the new PSLE format. They can enable your child to enhance and deepen their Chinese learning through individualized component-based improvement. The reinforcement of necessary Chinese skills is possible when teachers assist students with their learning gaps and encourage them to put the skills and strategies they have learned in class to use.

3. Practice Verb Tenses and Subject-verb Agreement

Allowing your child to write essays every day is one of the best methods to help them develop their writing skills, but this also means that they will need a lot of practice with verb tenses and subject-verb agreement. This is crucial because if kids don’t learn it correctly from a young age, it will be much more difficult for them later on when it’s time to take the PSLE Chinese examination.

Having your child write stories is another technique to assist them in developing their writing abilities. Or even just a few phrases each day to begin getting accustomed to writing correctly in Chinese and appropriately employing the various verb tenses. Singular nouns and verbs should be used with specific subjects, and plural nouns and verbs should be used with plural subjects.

4. Emphasis on the Organisation and Flow of Essay

Many kids find essay writing to be a challenging task. They might be good speakers, but they lack confidence when it comes to essay writing. Essay writing for homework might be challenging for many parents to enforce. But students must be able to write essays since it improves their grammar, sentence structure, and idea flow. Also, it encourages children to reflect critically on the subject of their writing. 

Having a clear structure is the most crucial aspect of essay writing. This means that each section of your essay needs to be connected to the others in some way. Language flow is the next consideration; each sentence should smoothly connect with the one before it, without any awkward pauses or halt between sentences that don’t make sense when read together. To improve your child’s Chinese essay writing, you can encourage your child to write on various subjects, such as what he did over the weekend or at recess at school, to help them write better Chinese essays.  Also, you can ask them to put down their ideas first before they start writing their essay so that they can have a general idea of what they want to express. 


Many parents and students experience stress during PSLE, especially the parents because they are constantly concerned that their child won’t get into the school of their choice or might even perform poorly on the test. Because of this, a lot of parents are interested in finding out any tricks or ideas that will help them raise their child’s PSLE score.

Le Xue Education is a professional Chinese education center in Singapore that specializes in providing PSLE Chinese tuition for children and aiding students to score well in PSLE Chinese 2023. Do you wish you or your children could learn Chinese faster in a fun environment and score AL1 in PSLE 2023? Contact us now to know more about our PSLE Chinese tuition class!


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