Kids these days are easily distracted and have shorter attention spans. Here is how you can help them develop listening skills and prepare for PSLE Listening Comprehension Examination.
Listening is the key to effective communication.
The PSLE Listening Comprehension examination is designed to test the ability of our students to identify the key ideas of the passages that they listen to, and draw accurate conclusions from them.
Developing adequate listening skills
We learn by listening.
The first words that children utter are not taught in any school but are learnt from those spoken around them. Listening intently with focus and cognition is a skill that benefits students in the long run. It helps them to understand, interpret and process information contained in an auditory message quickly.
It is a proficiency that parents can inculcate in their kids from a very young age.
But before you begin to do that, you need at take a look at your home environment. Which of the following two scenarios is more commonplace in your home?
Scenario 1: When you give instructions your kids understand and follow them or if there is a discussion, the children listen carefully, and take part in it intelligently and consciously.
Scenario 2: Everyone in the family talks at the same time, not bothering to pay heed to what the other person is saying. There is no room for healthy discussion and as a result, no one is able to convey an opinion or make a point.
It is very obvious that it is the former scenario that we need to cultivate at home. To achieve that we need to teach our kids to:
- Listen attentively
- Understand and infer
- Process information logically
- Draw rational conclusions
Building up to PSLE
To instil the habit of listening in children, encourage them to watch interesting English language programmes.
Expose them to a variety of auditory stimulus such as listening to the news, podcasts, speeches etc. You can make this an interactive activity but getting your children interested in the topic that you are going to talk about. Ask him questions about his daily routine, happenings etc. Ask him what is happening and why.
Incorporate this behaviour in your daily routine. Listening attentively is thus a skill that can be developed informally and easily. Parents can model good aural skills by listening attentively to their children converse and responding correctly.
Once you have the basic listening skills in place, it becomes much easier to prepare for the PSLE Listening Comprehension Exam. Click on to the next page to know exactly how to prepare for the exam.