Top 5 Popular Secondary Schools in the West (Clementi / Buona Vista / Jurong)

With the release of PSLE results in 2023, most parents will be relieved to say goodbye to a significant milestone in their children’s lives and embark on four or six years journey in a Secondary School. 

What’s top on the parents’ mind would be “How do I select the right secondary school for my child?

Secondary School is a crucial juncture that shapes a student’s academic journey and personal development. Beyond academic excellence, a secondary school plays a pivotal role in nurturing a well-rounded individual, preparing them for the challenges of an ever-evolving world.

When embarking on this pivotal decision, it’s essential to consider various factors. One of the most important factors would be understanding the School’s Culture & CCA; the school’s ethos and values should align with the student’s aspirations, fostering an environment where they can thrive. Parents need to look at the CCA (niche) ranging from sports to the arts of the school. A school’s culture contributes significantly to character-building and holistic growth.

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Of course, it is hard for parents to determine the quality of teaching staff, but what matter’s most to your child’s development would be a conducive learning environment, is paramount for academic success. Not all students would be comfortable to go a SAP school where there is a strong emphasis to promote the learning of (Chinese) mother tongue and (Chinese) culture. Other students may also find it hard to embrace certain attire and hairstyle requirements (like plaiting your hair every day!)

With this in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 most popular secondary schools in the West side of Singapore, particularly Clementi/Buona Vista and Jurong.

 

  1. River Valley High School 

River Valley High School (立化中学)is a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Autonomous school in Singapore.

Located at Jurong West / Boon Lay, a stone throw from the popular Jurong Point Mall, River Valley is an IP school but it has been admitting JC students via the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE) from 2019. O-Level students interested in the JC route and who would like an experience in an Integrated Programme (IP) school can also apply to the school. Do note however, as a SAP school, River Valley will assess your child’s ability to cope with their RVIP Chinese Language Programme so student who take Higher Chinese in primary school will have a slight advantage.

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There is NO Affiliation for this school and only PSLE students eligible for IP programme will be admitted. 

Admission Criteria: PSLE Cut Off Points for River Valley High School 2023 

Affiliated Non-affiliated
Integrated Programme 4(M) – 9(M)
Posting Group 3
Posting Group 2

Posting Group 1

Niche SPORTS: Floorball (A Division Floorball Girls: Champion), Table Tennis Championships (B Division Boys & Girls – 2nd), Netball, Badminton 

Niche ARTS/MUSIC: Chinese Orchestra (JC/Sec): Distinction, Dance, Chinese dance (Sec): Distinction

CCA available:

(Source:RV Prospectus) 

2. Anglo Chinese Secondary (Independent) IP School (International Baccalaureate) 

Located at Dover Road, just bordering Clementi, ACS Independence is a  prestigious boys school which offers O’levels and IP (International Baccalaureate) Programmes at Secondary Level. Students can gain affiliation admission for O’level track and not the IP track. 

ACS is a dual track school. IP stands for Integrated Programme – a six-year through train course. Students spend six years in ACS (Independent) and are not required to sit for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Examination (now known as Singapore-Cambridge Secondary Education Certificate Examination) except for Mother Tongue Language at Year 4 (Secondary 4). In their fifth and sixth years, IP students will do the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) which is an established pre-university course of study. ACS (Independent)’s IP students will sit for the IB Diploma Examination, not the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level Examination. 

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Admission Criteria: PSLE Cut Off Points for Anglo Chinese Independence School 2023 

Affiliated Non-affiliated
Integrated Programme

4 – 7
Posting Group 3 (Express) 7 – 13 7 – 8
Posting Group 2

Posting Group 1

Niche SPORTS: Water Polo, Basketball, Badminton, Cross Country, Golf, Rugby, Cricket, Bowling, Swimming, Track 

Niche ARTS/MUSIC: Music Elective Programme 

3. Nan Hua High School

Located at Clementi Ave 1, next to Church of the Holy Cross, this is a popular feeder school for students from Nan Hua Primary School. Although the school bears no academic affiliation to Nan Hua Primary, the history and culture of these two schools largely intertwined. 

Admission Criteria: PSLE Cut Off Points for Nan Hua High School 2023 

Affiliated Non-affiliated
Posting Group 3 (Express) 6(D) – 11
Posting Group 2
Posting Group 1

Niche SPORTS: Track & Field, Softball Netball, Badminton, Table Tennis

Niche ARTS/MUSIC: Chinese Orchestra, Dance, Chinese dance, Concert Band, Choir, Harp Ensemble 

4. Commonwealth Secondary School 

Location: Jurong/West Coast (near Teban Gardens)

Admission Criteria: PSLE Cut Off Points for Commonwealth Secondary School 2023 

Affiliated Non-affiliated
Posting Group 3 (Express)

8 – 15

Posting Group 2 21 – 23
Posting Group 1

25 – 27

Niche SPORTS: Cross Country, Badminton, Netball (Girls), Basketball (Boys) & Soccer (Boys)

Niche ARTS/MUSIC: Performing Arts – Band, Choir, Malay Dance, Chinese Dance (Girls), Indian Dance, Drama

Niche COMPUTING/SCIENCE: Environmental Science / Coding

 

5. Fairfield Methodist Secondary School 

Location: Dover / Clementi 

Admission Criteria: PSLE Cut Off Points for Fairfield Methodist Secondary School 2023 

Affiliated Non-affiliated
Posting Group 3 (Express)

8 – 20

8 – 10
Posting Group 2

21 – 24

21 – 21
Posting Group 1 25 – 28 25 – 26

Niche SPORTS: Football, Badminton, Volleyball (Girls), Basketball (Boys) 

Niche ARTS/MUSIC: Performing Arts – Band, Choir, Modern Dance

 

Hope these information on PSLE cut off points are useful for parents considering Secondary One Admission.

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Congratulations to all PSLE 2023 students for accomplishing a significant milestone!

Secondary School life is going to be the best four years of your child’s life as they embark on another exciting milestone, carving their own identity and developing their interest holistically. To help our P6 students navigate through this exciting new journey, here are some free resources and some candid insights to the currently revamped Secondary One English (EL Syllabus). 

What will my child learn for Secondary One English? 

Starting from next year, your child will be part of the first 2024 Secondary 1 cohort to fully experience Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB), this simply means that students will be posted through Posting Groups 1, 2 and 3 respectively instead of being streamed into Express (G3), NA (G2) and NT (G1). 

What will be tested for Secondary One English (G1, G2, G3)?

Regardless of which banding your child is in, your child will be encountering these components 

  • Essay writing
  • Situational writing
  • Comprehension
  • Editing
  • Orals
  • Summary writing

The topics covered for Secondary English will include:

  • Education and the environment
  • Global issues and social trends
  • Arts and the humanities
  • Local issues, Family and Friends

What is new for Secondary English (G1, G2, G3)?

Secondary One students will be required to take English Literature as a subject (or a component under HEM for students taking G1 Humanities) and they will be exposed to genres like poetry, prose and drama. Depending on your child’s school, they will be reading different texts from familiar titles both international like Animal Farm to the Boy in Striped Pyjamas or local like Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed which essentially is a collection of three local plays especially made for lower secondary students. This is an examinable subject which most students will take some time to adjust to but it is most certainly worth it as English Literature will help your child to sharpen their analytical skills and critical thinking skills, preparing them better for challenges in this information-overload world. 

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For students taking G1 Humanities, they will study Social Studies and Humanities Exposure Modules (HEM) in Geography, History, and Literature in English to give students the opportunity to gain exposure to the different Humanities disciplines.

What subjects will my child take if he or she took foundation courses at PSLE?

According to MOE, for students who took English, Mathematics and/or Science at Foundation level at PSLE, they still stand a chance to choose subjects that they can take at a G3 level (provided that they make the grade requirement) or they may still be able to take may choose to take these subjects at a less demanding level (i.e. G2), in consultation with their secondary schools.

How can I help my child prepare and excel at Secondary One English?

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For English, your child will need to take 4 Papers and you can get some free resources for English below: 

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English G3 Syllabus 1184 Paper 1: Writing

Free Model Essays

English G3 Syllabus 1184 Paper 2: Comprehension

How to score in Visual Text (With a free Visual Text Practice from St Margaret’s Secondary School Prelims 2023)

English G3 Syllabus 1184 Paper 3: Listening Comprehension

Listening Comprehension at Secondary Level is a whole new ball game, click here to check out the new syllabus EL 1184 Specimen English Listening Comprehension Paper

English G3 Syllabus 1184 Paper 4: Oral Examination 

As the current EL syllabus (EL 1184) is still very new, you will notice that most assessment books in bookstores like Popular are still selling the old syllabus. Fear not, at the Learning Space, we provide you firsthand insights on the new English Syllabus, you can download some of our free resources here or check out our youtube channel for more.

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Like a whirlwind, 2023 A Levels General Paper is finally over. Before we usher in our next batch of students taking the new GP Syllabus 8881 in 2024.

Here’s a quick analysis and consolidation of questions for this year. 

This is truly a good year for most of our students, the 2023 Paper 1 Questions are almost a godsend. Our GP Tuition for J2 covered key content for at least three questions. 

What’s in store for the new GP Syllabus 8881 in 2024? 

Old GP Syllabus (ending 2023)

  • Social issues, cultural, economic, political and philosophical topics
  • Science and Tech 
  • Mathematical and geographical topics
  • Arts / Culture 
  • General / Others

New GP Syllabus in 2024

  • society and culture
  • economics
  • politics
  • the arts and humanities
  • science and technology
  • the environment
  • Current affairs

The more significant change in the new GP syllabus for Paper 1 (other than the 12 questions becoming 8 questions) is that of making environment a key focus/topic. 

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A big thumbs up to our lucky GP students and tutors this year because for this year’s 2023 A’Levels GP, our team managed to spot not one, not two but three questions for Paper 1! We look forward to even more good news when A’Levels results are released in 2024.

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Now, let us examine Question 3 in this year’s 2023 A’Level GP Paper 1. The very last year of where candidates will have twelve questions for Paper 1. 

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Elon Musk: A Million Humans Could Live on Mars By the 2060s

Topic Space Travel  

The start of space exploration can be traced back to the second half of the 20th Century, post World War Two. Yet, despite the decades that have lapsed, the question of whether space exploration and space travel being justifiable is still largely contested.

 

 

 Recent developments in Space Travel
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX shuttling Nasa astronauts to International Space Station
  • Virgin Galactic planning commercial to begin commercial flights in 2022
  • US$3.25billion invested in space start-ups in 2018, expected to be worth up to US$1.1 trillion by the 2040s

 

   

Approach 

 

 

 

 

 

The question demands candidates to evaluate if spending on space travel cannot be justified in today’s context. Candidates must recognise firstly that the a popular sentiment about space travel is that the astronomical amount of money invested has been disproportionate to the benefits. Candidates must address the context of today’s world where we have more pressing issues such as on going war in Israel-Palestine, Russia-Ukraine, poverty, diseases, climate issues, hence it does appear to make little sense to spend money on space travel instead of saving lives. 

 

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The Singapore Dream, a term that seems to bear semblance to the Great American Dream, stands in intriguing juxtaposition to the American Dream. While the American Dream emphasises the idea of “rags to riches” and individualism, our Singapore Dream is woven into the fabric of a small island nation with a diverse population and places a greater emphasis on community, collective progress, and societal harmony.

What is Forward SG?

Forward SG is an important roadmap spearheaded by the government to carve out the next chapter of Singapore’s development in this increasingly polarised world. In the planning of the Forward SG exercise, the government took an active effort to seek out the opinions of 200,000 Singaporeans, particularly voices of youths, engaging them in dialogues in 275 engagement sessions. 

One of the particular focus of Forward SG is in the education policies will be the introduction of Full Subject-based Banding in School in 2024 .

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What is Full Subject-based Banding (FULL SBB)?

According to MOE, Full SBB is part of their efforts to inculcate the joy of learning and provide multiple pathways to cater to the different strengths and interests of our students. It was first introduced in 2020 to only 28 schools and by 2024, it will be rolled out to 120 mainstream schools in Singapore. This means that students will no longer be streamed according to Express, Normal Academic or Normal Technical. Instead they will be grouped into mixed form classes, with each form class comprising students taking different courses. 

How will it affect your child? 

If your child or children is entering Secondary One in 2024, this will make them the first batch of students under the Full SBB system. Depending on their PSLE results, your child can be offered English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics and Science at a more demanding level.  (See table below for details, source: MOE Website).

At Secondary One, your child will be enter a form class with students of mixed abilities. In their mixed form classes, students will take a set of subjects (like CCE PE, Art, Music, FCE) at a common level, which will constitute to about one-third of curriculum time. This would allow students in mixed form classes to spend curriculum time together in these subjects.

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On an individual basis, your child will be offered different subject levels would be labelled G3 (General Level 3 similar to Express), G2 (General Level 2 similar to NA) and G1 (General Level 1 similar to NT), mapped from today’s Express, N(A) and N(T) standards. 

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions from Parents

Would my child be forever “stuck” in G1 for (some/all) their subjects? 

The answer is no. Students may also offer these subjects at a more demanding level based on their performance in secondary school. 

Will my child still take the GCE O’levels or N-Levels? 

If your child is Sec 1 in 2024, he will not be taking the GCE O-and N-Level, instead he or she will be taking the Singapore-Cambridge Secondary Education Certificate (SEC Exam) which will take effect from 2027. 

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The 2026 graduating cohort will be the last batch to take the GCE O- and N-Level examinations. 

Does the Full SBB apply to “better schools” like Crescent Girls? 

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing announced in 2022 that three schools Crescent Girls’ School, Tanjong Katong Girls’ School and Tanjong Katong Secondary School will start taking in students taking mainly G2 subjects. This means that traditionally better reputed mainstream secondary schools like Crescent Girls will also have Full SBB and students will have the opportunities to mixed with students of different academic abilities. 

How does the Full SBB benefit my child? 

Your child will gain a wider understanding of the definition of success, one that goes beyond academic merit. In the words of our Education Minister, “(your child will) make more friends across courses, gain new perspectives and learnt how to relate to peers of different backgrounds, and they have become more confident in themselves and their abilities,” 

How can I help my child in their secondary school? What can parents do to help? 

Some students may feel like a fish out of water in secondary schools. Secondary One students in particular will be taking more subjects up from the familiar four core subjects in primary school, CCA will be compulsory and they will need to learn to organise their time and schedule better. Academic pressure will still be a reality that students will face, parents would need to give their support both emotionally like lending your young ones a listening ear and observe them if they face any forms of anxiety (both social or academic).

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What other changes are there in education under the new Forward-SG report

  1. An increase in DSA (Direct School Admission), up from about 10 per cent now, this means more students can go to secondary schools based on non academic abilities. More places in junior colleges (JCs) will be made available for students entering with talents apart from their grades through the direct school admission (DSA) exercise from this year.The number of DSA places for non-Integrated Programme students will go up from 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the yearly cohorts at government and government-aided JCs. These include Anderson Serangoon JC, Eunoia JC and Victoria JC.
  2. Mental health literacy and support in schools and higher education institutions. Amid growing concern over youth mental health, schools have been taking steps to increase awareness and support. Other than including mental health awareness and education in CCE, schools also have PSL where student Peer Support Leaders (PSLs) are selected to take on a more active role to look out for their peers. This will allow students look out for one another and encourage those in distress to seek help from trusted adults, such as their parents, teachers or school counsellors. 

The vision of Forward SG in terms of education is to embrace learning beyond grades, let us work together towards a better and fulfilling Singapore Dream.

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The Visual Text also known as Text 1 and Text 2 under the New Secondary School English Syllabus 1184 constitutes 5 marks in Paper 2 of the Secondary English Comprehension Paper. For PSLE English, Visual Text 

In view of MOE’s new EL Syllabus 2020 which targets is to develop effective and affective language use in students hence promoting critical thinking amongst our youths, this section has been revamped to one with a comparative nature.

Text 1 is a visual text type such as a poster while Text 2 is a short blurb / extract that can be anything from something akin to a Straits Times forum post or a blog entry by someone. 

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What is Visual Text Comprehension?

In this media-saturated world, our student’s sense of reality about the world is often warped through the prism of the media we consume daily. These can be in the form of visual texts which are used to convey messages and communicate ideas in a variety of ways. These texts include print media such as posters and flyers as well as non-print ones like websites and online advertisements.

Visual text comprehension refers to the ability to understand and interpret information presented in visual formats, such as images, diagrams, charts, graphs, maps, and other non-verbal representations. Students need to try to make sense out of the visual elements such as the design of the artwork or photograph used in the poster in Text 1 and try to extract meaning and drawing conclusions from the visual information presented. 

How to do well for Visual Text? 

Understanding how to process and think critically about the messages that we encounter both online and offline is an important skill that students need to have in this 21st Century.  The visual text precisely test the students’ ability to process and interpret both visual and written texts. Mastering Visual Comprehension skills will also help us deepen our skills needed for scoring in the entire Paper 2. This is because the question and answer techniques are similar and can be applied across the different texts.

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Here are three tips to score for your Visual Text

  1. Know your PAC (Purpose, Audience and Context) 

Understanding the context in which the visual text is presented is crucial. It may involve considering the source (who produce the poster/advertisement?), what is the objective or purpose of producing such a poster or writing the blog? Who are the audience for the poster?  For Text 2, students must look closely at the accompanying textual information to fully comprehend the visual content.

   2. Extracting Information in relation to the question

Students must study the images or pictures carefully and read the questions closely so that students can extract relevant information from the visual text, which may involve reading numerical values, identifying the symbols or logos in the visual text drawing conclusions based on the visual cues. 

3. Be clear and precise in your answer

Very often in Visual Text, creators of the visual text may use words that are intended to have impact, also known and imparted to you by your English Teachers as “Language for impact” . This simply means the visual text uses  language in a way that captures the audience’s attention, conveys the intended meaning clearly, and leaves a lasting impression. Students must be sensitive to any metaphors, similes, and other forms of figurative language can add depth and vividness to the text. They must be able to the explain the effect fully to suit the questions requirements.

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Listening Comprehension – English Language O-Level Syllabus 1184 

 

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to O-Level Listening Comprehension for Syllabus 1184. 

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2023 English New Syllabus 1184 Listening Comprehension Specimen Paper Video/Audio

  1. Part 1: MCQ 1-6 Three Recordings
  2. Part 2: Questions 7 -12 Six Recordings
  3. Part 3: Questions 13-22 Joe Fenton
  4. Part 4: Question 23 Brasilia

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2023 O’LEVELS ORAL ENGLISH 1184 DAY 8: ORAL QUESTION (TEAMWORK)

 

Video: Candidates were shown a 1-min video of a group of youngsters playing a ball sport.

How to tackle the Oral Planned Response Question:

For planned response, students must present a 2-minute response (usually this means two PEEL Paragraphs) to answer the question. You can refer to your written notes. Use 5Ws and 1H when you are brainstorming for answers. Be certain to answer the prompt, identify keywords and present your thoughts confidently. Refer to our earlier post on O’levels 1184 Planned Response Format

Planned Response Question:

“Do you think the activity shown in the video has any value? Why or why not?” 

Suggested Approach

Candidates need to briefly state how the video shows participants playing ball sports which involve games and activities that revolve around using a ball as a central element. Candidates can illustrate how these activities can promote physical fitness, skill development, teamwork, social interaction, and overall well-being especially during times of stress. 

Others may argue that they feel the activity lacks value because they may lack a personal interest and may not see the appeal or value in participating in the activity. Candidates may add that such  contact sports can be violent or how it lacks intellectual value due to their own experiences. 

Note: You should address the examiner’s question directly and focus on building two PEEL paragraphs and relate the video (briefly) to the question. The two points for your answers should not be too similar and it should have personal observations / examples. The planned response is around two mins long. (2 PEEL 1 adjective + explain with evidence)

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Spoken Interaction (Teamwork)

  1. Are there opportunities for you to learn to work with others? 

Suggested Approach: Candidates can start their opinion clearly and briefly explaining the avenues available to them to collaborate with others. From classroom projects, CCA to outdoor camps adventures, candidates can cite how they worked together with others such as they collaborate on projects like making videos for literature project or working together to volunteer at a home doing cleaning or similar activity.  

Important Note: You should use strong expressions, provide examples / own personal experience to substantiate your points. Do not get flustered if oral examiners ask you additional questions. 

2) Do you think schools should focus more on team or individual achievements? Why do you say so? 

Suggested Approach: 

State your stand clearly. 

Candidates should note that question is asking about what schools should focus on. For those in support of team achievements, candidates can cite examples of how focusing on team achievements benefit the school as a greater whole and how it builds towards values like a more supportive, caring society, nurturing students who focus more on collective good.

On the flip side, those in favour of individual achievements can argue that schools should dedicate more emphasis on individual achievements because in doing so, they recognises and values the unique strengths, talents, and efforts of each and every student. By acknowledging individual accomplishments, it will boosts students’ self-esteem and confidence. Candidates can explain how this mirrors the roles of schools and how school is a place where it  nurtures the unique talents of each student and empowers them to be their authentic selves hence individual achievements should take precedence. 

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2023 O’LEVELS ENGLISH ORAL DAY 7: (SPORTS)

Video: Candidates were shown a 1-min video of two boys playing table tennis. 

How to tackle the Oral Planned Response Question:

For planned response, students must present a 2-minute response (usually this means two PEEL Paragraphs) to answer the question. You can refer to your written notes. Use 5Ws and 1H when you are brainstorming for answers. Be certain to answer the prompt, identify keywords and present your thoughts confidently. Refer to our earlier post on O’levels 1184 Planned Response Format

Planned Response Question:

“Do you think training has taken the fun out of playing table tennis for the two boys? Why or why not?”

Suggested Approach

Candidates should take a clear stand and explain why they feel that training is important or it is unnecessary and kills joy. 

Some candidates can share their own experience of how they stopped playing sports because it became demanding, lamenting how the enjoyment is gone as the pressure to compete is too overwhelming.

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Others may assert that enjoyment is about the happiness derived from pursuing your potential and your passion. It’s about getting better at the sport and how training helps one to get there.  Anyone who runs marathons knows that distance running is not always pleasurable, but it can bring great joy. 

Note: You should address the examiner’s question directly and focus on building two PEEL paragraphs and relate the video (briefly) to the question. The two points for your answers should not be too similar and it should have your own personal observations / examples.

The planned response is around two mins long. (2 PEEL paragraphs)

Spoken Interaction (Sports)

  1. Do you think it is beneficial to play competitive sports?

Suggested Approach:

Candidates can start with giving personal accounts or observations of peers, siblings who play sports and how it benefited them in terms of character building, fostering teamwork and more. For those who play soccer, candidates can share how they joined a competitive soccer team in their school (playing in NSG if applicable and how as training for NSG is demanding, they learn to organise time better).

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Candidates can explain how their participation in sports contributed to various positive changes in their life such as building tenacity, fostering a better sense of teamwork and learning to collaborate with others. Success in competitive sports is often determined by factors like skill, strategy, teamwork, physical fitness, and mental strength.

Candidates can point out how while the goal is to win, competitive sports also emphasise fair play, respect for opponents, and the development of valuable life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and leadership.

Other candidates who are of the opposing view can cite how factors like

  • Competitive sports can sometimes be toxic or overly aggressive competitive sports culture which may foster unhealthy rivalries and diminish the positive aspects of sportsmanship. Candidates can give example of their experiences in their CCA to substantiate)
  • Balancing intense training and competition with academic or professional commitments can be highly exhausting both mentally and physically. To commit to training hours required by competitive sports can be challenging and may adversely affect other aspects their lives.
  • Risk of Injuries: Competitive sports often involve physical contact and high-intensity activities, increasing the risk of injuries, particularly in contact sports.

Important Note: You should use strong vocabulary, provide examples / own personal experience to substantiate your points. Do not get flustered if oral examiners ask you additional questions. 

2) We place too much emphasis on academic achievements compared to sporting talents. What are your views?

Suggested Approach:  

To compete in a highly competitive global landscape, a country facing scarcity in natural resources like Singapore will be more inclined to prioritize academic excellence to ensure their population are well-prepared for the challenges of the future.

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Candidates should consider the different stakeholders (individual basis, societal and governmental basis). Candidates can share how they experience first hand how academics are often prioritised over sports (e.g. emphasis on STEM).

At the same time, they can point out how they are witnessing gradual changes which are in place reinvigorate sports participation such as the announcement by Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Edwin Tong last year that $20 million will be committed to a plan to ramp up and cater to the increasing demand for sport.

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2023 O’LEVELS ORAL ENGLISH DAY 6: ORAL QUESTION (TECHNOLOGY)

Video: Candidates were shown a 1-min video of robot singing and entertaining a child.

How to tackle the Oral Planned Response Question:

For planned response, students must present a 2-minute response (usually this means two PEEL Paragraphs) to answer the question. You can refer to your written notes. Use 5Ws and 1H when you are brainstorming for answers. Be certain to answer the prompt, identify keywords and present your thoughts confidently. Refer to our earlier post on O’levels 1184 Planned Response Format

Planned Response Question:

“Has your opinion of technology changed after watching the video?” Why or Why not? 

Suggested Approach

Candidates can briefly share their own or illustrate how a common opinion that most would have about technology is that it lacks authenticity. After watching the video, it seems to suggest the capabilities of robots are capable of building and genuine connections. They may point out that in this modern age with families have fewer children or how increasingly children are inundated with stress, robots can provide emotional support and can help children alleviate stress/boredom during a time of high stress such as being cooped up at home during the pandemic. 

Other candidates may posit that they still believe that virtual interactions and online experiences cannot match the depth and value of in-person interactions even after watching the video. 

Note: You should address the examiner’s question directly and focus on building two PEEL paragraphs and relate the video (briefly) to the question. The two points for your answers should not be too similar and it should have personal observations / examples. The planned response is around two mins long. (2 PEEL 1 adjective + explain with evidence)

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Spoken Interaction (Technology)

  1. Can technology replace teachers? 

Suggested Approach: Candidates can start their opinion clearly and briefly explaining the context of this digital era and how with the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI), virtual classrooms, and personalized learning platforms may result in some arguing that technology has the potential to replace teachers in the future. 

Candidates can share their own experiences of them being able to access information online or learn through MOOC (Khan Academy, Coursera) hence replacing the function/need of having teachers. Some may point out how youtube and other social media has provided an abundance of online resources. Those who feel that teachers cannot be replaced can cite personal examples of pastoral support they received from teachers, memories built in school, influences they felt from their teachers and how once actions of their teachers has touched their hearts, something that technology will never do. 

For well considered responses, candidates need to recognise the how certain capabilities (of teachers) can be supported by technology, however to say that it will replace would be too far fetched. 

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Important Note: You should use strong expressions, provide examples / own personal experience to substantiate your points. Do not get flustered if oral examiners ask you additional questions. 

2) Technology has greatly improved teaching and learning in schools. What are your views?

Suggested Approach: 

State your stand clearly. 

Candidates should first point out what has changed with technology, some may cite technology being a facilitator or SLS/HBL which has made learning more fluid and interactive. A past and present comparison approach will be good as candidates can cite examples of how without technology, in the past, classroom learning is monotonous. Now with Kahoot! and other quiz apps, learning has been gamified.

On the flip side, technology is double edged sword which sometimes distract students, pulling them away from the learning goals or misinformation lurks and students need to know how to evaluate the reliability of a website.

Candidates need to be mindful that the question ask about ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’. On aspects of learning, candidates can point out how some apps have allowed them to break down complex content or skills into manageable chunks and how these apps using algorithms, can provide students with practice in recalling important information.

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