I believe in making students understand what they are studying, so as to really learn. There is no point in cramming so many practices when they don’t understand what they are reading or writing.
At the same time, learning must also be rigorous – there must be sufficient bite and sufficient challenge and content so that they get to learn something new, yet at the same time, do so in an interested and involved manner.
At my language school, Inspiren Chinese Singapore, I personally coach and train students to become critical thinkers and learners who are prepared for the 21st century economy, and at the same time, have the right mindset about the Chinese language in society, and adequate aptitude in Chinese linguistics and communication.
My students should be able to grasp Chinese grammar and sentence structure like they have never done before, understand and differentiate between similar-sounding and similar-looking Chinese words and characters, and be able to write touching narrative stories and intriguing and persuasive argumentative pieces.
All in all, they should be prepared to ace the O and A Level Chinese exams with ease – and in a way that they will never forget how to study Chinese using the skills sets taught.
I also do Chinese/Mandarin courses for mature/adult learners. Expats and Singaporeans alike are welcome to join the class and learn in a multinational environment.
Students can choose to either study for the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) (Levels 1-6), or learn ‘without textbook’ on topics they choose, including: conversation, writing, pinyin, composition, Business Chinese, Traditional Chinese, etc.
Having marked O Level Chinese exam papers and examined consecutive years of O Level Oral Exam as a MOE school teacher, Mr Jaye is highly familiar with the Secondary school syllabus.
Being Singapore-born, Teacher Jaye is also effectively bilingual and can explain words, idioms and passages clearly in both languages.
Through guiding students from various backgrounds, Jaye found that the most common problem amongst students is the serious lack of vocab and grammar skills, and this is something that most exam drilling and tuition, cannot help in as students only keep doing practice papers without improving their language standards overall. Most of them still cannot comprehend the passages and questions in the exam paper.
Jaye felt the urgent and essential need to build a strong foundation in a child’s Chinese in terms of language and vocab use, before embarking on practices.
✔Some topics in our Chinese Strengthening Programme™ include: Names of Places and Countries (In Chinese) | Action words and position phrases (How to say it right in Chinese) |Adverbs (Word/phrase-joining in Chinese) | Speaking vs Writing (Differences in wording/phrasing) | Chinese characters (How to recognise and remember better) | Strokes and sizes (How to write Chinese characters the right way) | Reading and comprehending | Prose and story construction | Logical thinking and comprehension | Tackling Cloze (Words with similar meanings/characters) | Functional and argumentative writing | Oral presentation and reasoning skills | Vocabulary practice (Based on required school curriculum)
I believe in guidance and assistance that truly helps the child gain learning momentum through time. I also believe in win-win in terms of time, money and effort spent on all sides – the tutor’s side, and the parents’ and students’ side.
While there is no fast-aid approach to learning language, I work towards making my students progress fast enough and gain independent learning skills within 6 months.
NEW: Online lessons – I am opening up online lessons for students who find it too much a hassle to travel all the way to Bugis. But this is usually recommended only for students who are more advanced (less difficulty in writing and recognising words).
“In our decade of mandatory Chinese education in primary and secondary school, we have not met a single teacher who explained with conviction why we should learn the Chinese language. The focus was overwhelmingly on rote learning and examinations, which are sure-fire ways of killing the joy of learning.
Instead of writing formulaic essays with little relevance to how Chinese is written in China or Singapore, students should be encouraged to express their views on hot-button issues, such as the “brown face” saga and Hong Kong’s protests.
After all, what is the point of learning one’s mother tongue if one cannot communicate without reverting to English?”
I believe in letting entertainment meet thinking, inspiring greater results in exams and life.
I believe it is time to start inspiring our children to like Chinese, and to adopt the right mindset, and develop a new worldview towards East-West cultures.
Why do this?
The 21st Century is increasingly globalised and multi-cultural.
Hiding in a ‘shell’ can no longer do wonders.
Inspiren is a bilingual language school specialising in English and Chinese classes for both adults and children. Helmed by an ex-MOE teaching award teacher, Inspiren is committed to inspiring inquisitive and motivated learners and critical and logical thinkers who have a heart to do their best in life.
The name ‘Inspirén’ is derived from the English word “Inspire” and the Chinese word for human, “人” (rén). It embodies the company’s ideology of inspiring humans to acquire knowledge and understanding through the lenses of both the East and the West.
Piqued with a very strong foundation of critical and logical thinking pedagogy, Inspiren students would have no problem answering comprehension questions that test a child’s linguistic and analytical abilities. The school offers Secondary to Tertiary Chinese and English courses, including GP and China Studies in English.
As a full-time Education Officer/Teacher at Serangoon Garden Secondary School, I was tasked with conducting Mother Tongue Language programmes, CCA camps, professional sharings, etc., as well as with handling high-confidence tasks like school exam coordination, national exam facilitation and invigilation, and O Level Oral Grading and Marking, etc.
I am also experienced in teaching students across the different streams with varying abilities.