A FOR ORAL
Established in 2016 and for the 7th year running, the ‘A’ for Oral program has helped thousands of students to score a distinction for their Oral examinations within 8 lessons, regardless of their starting point. Run in a one-on-one class setting, our lessons will be tailored to your child's learning. Learn the tried-and-tested technique today.
Myths and Facts of the oral examination
What is true and what is not?
Myth: It is impossible to score full marks for the Oral Examination
Fact: It is definitely possible to score full marks, and many of our students have done it before! Your child just needs to know what to look out for, and employ some of our techniques to make them stand out from others.
Myth: It is okay to “just pass” the Oral Examination
Fact: The Oral Examination is weighing in at a hefty 15% for English, and 25% for Mother Tongue. With such a significant weightage, it can make the difference between two whole grades.
Myth: If my child is quiet, it is difficult for them to score well for the Oral Examination
Fact: A good portion of our top scorers are made up of students who are reserved. We credit this to our tried-and-tested three step methodology which helps even the shyest of students to build confidence, speak up, and express themselves.
Myth: You can’t prepare for the Oral Exam
Fact: Not only is it possible to prepare for the Oral Examination, it is extremely easy, which is why it is often overlooked. Our classes expose your child to all the different themes, pick up vocabulary unique to each theme, and exhaust every possible question which the examiner can ask.
Myth: My child is very talkative. The longer the answer, the better, right?
Fact: If an answer is long but irrelevant to the question or topic, it does not reflect the child’s understanding and answering of the question. In fact, the examiner may take points off, as the child can be penalized for not ‘fully answering the question”
Myth: This program will not benefit my child if they are already outspoken
Fact: Whether your child is reserved or outspoken, this program will be able to benefit them by helping them to deepen their general knowledge, be exposed to the different themes, and building intrinsic confidence. These are skills which will last a lifetime.
The magic of 8 lessons
What is being covered?
Ground zero - The Assessment
How do we really tailor the program to suit your child's needs? In this trial session, we sit down with your child to mimic an actual oral exam, find out their fears, strengths and weaknesses, and set a tangible goal together.
Lesson 1 - Reworking the basics
In this lesson, we reinforce the fundamentals of the oral exam, starting from etiquette to commonly misprounced words. Then, we get a start on the Reading Aloud segment by understanding the rubrics, and intensive reading practice begins.
Lesson 2 - The WOW factor
Examiners are bound to be bored after hearing students read the exact same passage over and over. Here, we teach your children about the four groups of impactful words, purposeful emphasis, and tips and tricks to make the examiner sit just a little straighter when your child is seated in front of them.
Lesson 3 - Carrying the Conversation
In this lesson, we explore the Stimulus Based Conversation (SBC). Here, students learn the tried-and-tested three step method to open Pandora's Box. If your child struggles with content, they will never run out of things to say again.
Lesson 4 - Building the structure
Every question asked in the Stimulus Based Conversation requires a different way of answering. Here, your child will learn the structure to answering the three different tiers of questions asked. You'll be surprised at how intricate the different answering techniques are.
Lesson 5 - Exploring the themes
Students are exposed to the themes and sub-themes. Here, we combine both segments for practice, with the aim of covering 3 themes per lesson. Students are also introduced to current affairs to broaden their general knowledge, giving their answers the competitive advantage.
Lesson 6 - Perfect practice makes perfect
In this lesson, we work to the rhythm of: prepare - practice - feedback, where students are given time to prepare for the oral questions, followed by intensive practice, and finally ending with feedback from the trainer, as we slowly edge them to the highest tier in the rubrics. Rinse and repeat.
Lesson 7 - Perfect practice makes perfect (part 2)
Your child's learning is cemented by further practice and feedback. We will add the finishing touches, such as perfecting your child's body language, and instilling positive self-affirmations. At this point, your child should already have complete mastery over the oral examination.
Lesson 8 - Putting it altogether
In this session, your child is subjected to several runs of the actual oral examination. By the end of this session, your child will be all good and ready to take on the final frontier - the national examination.
BONUS REFRESHER SESSION
Worried that your child may forget about what they have learnt? Join us for a free refresher session closer to the examination!
Book a FREE oral assessment with us today!