Kinder to primary
Primary school interviews provide the opportunity to pave the way for entry into primary school and selection into the school that most kindergarten students will stay in for the following 6 years. It is important therefore that students do well in these interviews but somewhat counter-intuitively the key to success is found in young students ability to remain comfortable, relaxed, and prepared… but not scripted.
- Basic Interview Questions & Introductions K3 students will receive 2 lessons focusing on basic personal introduction questions and they will learn how to give responses to who, what, when, where and how questions. They will also learn scenario questions or situation questions such as being asked to list something like MTR stations or electronic appliances in a room.
- Reading Rehearsal Reading aloud is a task commonly used in primary school interviews. It is used to test the ability of students to recognise and pronounce words. The tutor will teach students how to read aloud correctly by teaching them phonics. As practice makes perfect, students will be given different examples of passages or sentences to practise at home based on their level. At the interview students may be requested to bring their own book and selection can also be assisted with by the tutor.
- Descriptive Response In this class, students will first be taught key vocabulary to equip themselves with better communication to describe things. The teacher will practise various descriptive questions with students so that they will be able to tell what are missing or taken away on the desk, use shapes to arrange patterns together with a descriptive explanation, as well as describing something they draw or a picture shown.
- Narrative Rendition Students will learn to describe processes and stories. Tasks such as retelling the procedure of making a hamburger after watching a mute video, telling a story that is created on their own after arranging story cards given or from a series of picture cards given. This is an ideal chance to demonstrate ideas, link concepts and demonstrate creativity.
- Logic and Comparison Students’ logical and critical thinking skills are one of the primary skills tested in primary school interviews. Therefore, in the class the tutor will train students to think logically and reasonably. Sorting is one of the examples of the practice that will be done in class. Students will be able to sort out different types of stuff as well as giving reasons. Students are commonly asked to compare objects such as a wet market vs. a supermarket or to tell the difference between objects and do basic math.
- Listening Activities Interviews are not just about talking or expressing ideas, they also require students to be good listeners. In this class, a wide range of listening tasks will be prepared for students to practise their listening skills. After the class, they will be able to retell a story after listening to a story. Students that listen accurately and quickly respond to questions and listening based tasks find themselves in best stead to succeed in interviews and prevent pausing and delaying in answering.
- Teamwork and Observational Tasks Students need to work as part of a team at school and interviews are no different. Often the best way to stand out amongst a competitive crowd is by being a strong team member that draws a group together. In this part of the course, cooperation, building unity and leading a team are highlighted. All class sizes are strictly limited hence providing a good opportunity for students to practise teamwork.
- Mock Interviews 2 mock or trial interviews will be conducted as the last step of the course so that students understand what happens in an interview and focus on being relaxed and have fun. After the interview feedback and suggestions on areas to improve will be given. One mock interview will be alone and the other parents are invited to join.
1 lesson per week
Course Duration: 9 Weeks