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-Teacher Jaye

学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆

— 孔子

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.

Chinese For Expats

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.

MY BACKGROUND

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)

新加坡华文强化方程式™

作为前MOE学校教师,并多次参与O水准试卷批改,以及O水准口试考核,Jaye老师对学校教材和考试范围有很深的认识。

作为土生土长的新加坡人,Jaye老师当然也精通双语,能够有效地用中英文向学生解释词语、成语、篇章等内容。

教学经验中,Jaye老师发现很多孩子在词汇量及组建句子能力方面严重缺乏,而这是一般地补习及试卷练习没办法解决的。因为在反复的练习中,学生的整体语文能力并没有提高。他们多数仍旧看不懂试卷里的篇章和题目。

Jaye老师觉得,一定要先给学生打好语文及词汇的基础,再进行练习才有效。

课程的宗旨包括:✔母语式理解华文词汇与表达 ✔能自主学习新词汇及有效阅读 ✔能自信地进行口头与书面表达 ✔掌握回答阅读理解题目的技巧及方法

课程内容包括:地方名称 | 方位表达 | 副词 | 说与写的不同 | 认字 | 笔划 | 篇章理解与逻辑思维能力 | 故事构建及文字书写 | 词汇分辨与综合填空 | 实用文表达 | 口试及意见发表能力 | 议论文综合能力 | 词汇练习 (根据学校教学内容)

Freelance Translation Offered

I do English-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-English translation at a $0.20/word rate. From the 3rd assignment onwards, I will be charging $0.18/word.

I am proud to have worked with law firm, Allen & Gledhill, Singapore on numerous occasions for their professional translation.

More about me – scroll down below.

*Minimum $50 per piece of translation regardless of word count.

FEES & TIMETABLE

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).

*Sibling discount: $50 per month.

忽略华文已不再实际

最近拜读英文《今日报》一篇两人联名的读者信函, 觉得文中提到的一些内容,值得深思探讨,特此以中文节录分享:

「在被强制修读的数十年中小学华文课中,我们未曾见过一个华文老师能够充满信心地告诉我们,我们为什么要学习华文。教学的重点一面倒地倾向机械式学习及考试范围。这绝对是浇灭学习热忱的作法!

“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.

第二,母语不应该以人工的方式教授。中学的时候,我们就是背记大量的词语和短句来应付考试,而不是根据真实生活写作。

Secondly, mother-tongue languages should not be taught in an artificial way. In secondary school, our brains were crammed with stock phrases for examinations, not real life.

我们应该鼓励学生通过文字表达对热门的时事课题如“棕脸”事件以及香港示威运动的看法,而不是只教他们一些跟中国乃至新加坡的实际华文使用情况联系甚微的硬式的作文技巧。

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.

毕竟,如果无法做到有效沟通而需要一直归回到用英文表达,那学习这个母语又有何意义呢? 」

After all, what is the point of learning one’s mother tongue if one cannot communicate without reverting to English?”

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/voices/no-longer-practical-singaporeans-neglect-mother-tongues

MY PHILOSOPHY

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.

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