Things To Know For PSLE Oral Exam Practice
According to the PSLE oral exam objectives, candidates are assessed on their ability to pronounce and articulate words clearly, as well as their ability to read fluently with appropriate expression and rhythm in the Reading Aloud section. The reading aloud passages in the actual PSLE oral exam are usually short narrative texts of about 180 words. There are many important factors which make a good reading, such as pacing, end-consonant sounds enunciation and intonation. A student must keep these factors in mind in his or her PSLE oral exam practice. The 36 PSLE oral reading passages are the highlights of this online module as they are accompanied by audio files for your child to learn the various techniques of reading aloud. It is the perfect online course for your child’s PSLE oral exam practice. Do also check out our top tips for the upcoming PSLE Oral Exam and listen to a PSLE oral reading passages sample which we have included at the bottom of this page.
We have another full module with 32 PSLE oral topics to prepare students for the Stimulus-Based Conversation component which carries a 10% weightage.
Pronunciation And Articulation During PSLE Oral Exam Practice
A student must pay attention to beginning sounds like the ‘TH’ sound in words like ‘them’, as well as ending consonant sounds like the ‘D’ sound in words like ‘struggled’ or the ‘K’ sound in words like ‘clock’. In addition, long and short vowel sounds must be distinguished so that the word ‘sheep’ does not sound like ‘ship’. Your child will learn all these in this online module with the aid of audio files as well as from our proprietary auditory discrimination quizzes. There are also many commonly mispronounced words that frequently appear in exams. Examiners pay close attention to these words and your child will lose precious marks if the word ‘mischievous’ is pronounced as ‘mischievious’ or if the word ‘athlete’ is pronounced as ‘eh-tuh-leet’. We have put together a list of the 80 most commonly mispronounced words, complete with audio files of the correct pronunciations, for your child to learn effectively in his or her PSLE oral exam practice.
During the oral examination, a student must read every word. If your child comes across unfamiliar words during the practice, you can tell him or her to check the pronunciations using online dictionaries such as www.dictionary.com or www.lexico.com (select UK Dictionary). Search for the word and click on the ‘Speaker’ icon on the result page to listen to the pronunciation.
Expressing Emotions During PSLE Oral Exam Practice
In all PSLE reading aloud passages, there will always be dialogue which needs to be read with emotions. The right variation in tone and volume is needed to convey a range of emotions. Many students find this extremely challenging, but this is the part which can allow a student to score bonus points because conveying the right emotion tells the examiner that your child is able to pick out the adjectives suggesting the required emotion and is able to deliver the reading according to the context of the passage. It is truly not easy. To help students achieve this, we have audio files to demonstrate 24 different types of emotions in this module.
Pacing and Intonation During PSLE Oral Exam Practice
The speed at which a passage is being read will vary with the mood. For example, the pace when reading the sentence “In a flash, Tom managed to swing around and catch the ball before it hit the vase.” should be faster than when reading the sentence “Tom strolled leisurely, feeling relieved that his work had been completed.” Learning to look out for punctuation marks like full stops, question marks, ellipsis (…) will also give clues to whether a student should pause, take breaths or read a sentence more forcefully. A rising or falling intonation is also essential so the passage is not read monotonously. Our 36 reading passages are modelled after actual PSLE English Reading Passages to give students an idea of how long a passage is expected to be, the types of dialogue that frequently appear, the storyline of passages and the intonation required as well as the inclusion of commonly mispronounced words. A PSLE oral reading passages sample, together with the audio file, can be found below.
In this module, your child will get access to the following:
(i) PSLE Assessment Objectives
(ii) What Do Examiners Look Out For
2. The Fundamentals Of English Pronunciation
(i) Beginning Sounds (Quiz included)
(ii) Ending Consonant Sounds (Quiz included)
(iii) Words With Silent Letters
(iv) When To Pronounce “The” As “Thee”
3. 80 Commonly Mispronounced Words
4. Conveying Emotions
(i) Making Use Of Volume, Speed, Intonation and Pauses
(ii) The 24 Emotions And How To Convey Them In Speech
5. 36 Reading Aloud Passages With Audio Files (Modelled After PSLE Exam Reading Passages)
PSLE Oral Reading Passages Sample And Audio
The bell went off, signalling the end of the school day. After saying goodbye to his classmates, Jack walked hurriedly to the bus stop, hoping to return home as soon as possible to watch his favourite television show.
As Jack waited for his bus, he saw a few other classmates walking out of school, including Razak. Jack thought Razak did not seem his usual jovial self. In fact, there was a worried expression etched on his face. Concerned about Razak, Jack approached him.
“What’s wrong, Razak?” Jack asked caringly. For a moment, Razak seemed to be caught in a daze. Then, he sniffled quietly and tears started to well up in his eyes. “I’m afraid I’ll let my parents down if I do badly for the examinations,” Razak confided as his bottom lip quivered and his shoulders drooped in resignation.
Jack reassured Razak that he was not alone in feeling this way. He also pointed out that there was still a month left for revisions and that they could help each other along the way. “We’ll get through it together, okay?” Jack said encouragingly, giving Razak a pat on the shoulder. Razak nodded with a broad smile.
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