Lorna Whiston's unique Real Learning Curriculum™ can help your kid become ExamSmart and LifeSmart. We tell you how in the article below.
Lorna Whiston is renowned for its English enrichment curriculum in Singapore.
However, there are parents who do have questions about its curriculum – does it follow MOE guidelines? Will it help students to improve in their school exams? What about the new directions MOE is taking?
The short answer is that it does follow MOE guidelines closely. The team at Lorna Whiston is particularly aware of the directions to be followed for the revised PSLE English language and Foundation English exams from 2015.
While the language skills that will be assessed are the same as at present, the revised paper gives greater scope for providing a personal response in speaking and writing, with emphasis on the integration of listening and reading skills.
In fact, this is precisely what the teachers at Lorna Whiston have been doing for many years now.
Lorna Whiston’s Real Learning Curriculum™ sharpens students’ exam skills, but at the same time, also focusses on building communication skills for life, with a strong emphasis on oral language development and an appreciation of literature.
The purpose of the curriculum is to ensure that Lorna Whiston’s students gain a mastery of the skills they need to be both LifeSmart and ExamSmart.
Learning is more than worksheets
Sometimes parents may not fully understand or appreciate Lorna Whiston’s Real Learning Curriculum™ because they only get to see the written work sent home. They may not be fully aware of the strong focus on communication skills and oral language development that goes on in the classes.
However, the oral language and communication skills are an important take-away from Lorna Whiston’s programmes. In addition, the students’ grammatical knowledge is developed first through language games and activities to demonstrate correct usage, and with this understanding, they are able to apply that knowledge in their writing.
Again, there may be no visible evidence of this in the children’s work files, and yet it is a vitally important aspect of Lorna Whiston’s programmes. In sum, learning is not just about completing worksheet after worksheet: worksheets have their place, but they are just part of the language development process.
Learning to think, thinking to learn
Many language centres concentrate exclusively on cramming for the school exams, aiming solely to drill students and have them rote learn model answers: such centres are not concerned with giving the students a more transferable and holistic language learning experience, or a deeper understanding of English grammar, vocabulary, written and oral skills.
In many such enrichment centres, model compositions are learnt by heart for the child to reproduce, word for word, in their exams. This does not actually help students with their schoolwork, or even prepare them for the next exam.
The child is not required to think, just to memorise, and this kind of stultifying exercise will not help the student in the revised PSLE exam, where questions will be more varied and students will be required to think for themselves.
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