If your child is facing difficulty in PSLE English, he is not alone. Singapore’s PSLE English is tough by international standards. Compare the Primary 6 examination paper from the Cambridge International Primary Programme (CIPP) with the PSLE English paper, and you will know why. In fact, try doing PSLE English Paper 2, without referring to the answer key, you will realise that it is by no means an easy paper.

The PSLE English papers of the 1970s,1980s and 1990s were not this tough. Had the examination then been this tough, many Singaporean students then would have failed the paper. Do you realise that even though English is the main language used at home for many students, they still face difficulty in English. Why is this so? One reason is because the words spoken in a Singaporean home is not adequate enough to prepare a child for PSLE English. Really? Yes, really. They may be enough to prepare students for the CIPP but not the PSLE.


Do you know the meanings and spelling of the words below? Did you know them when you were 12? Are these words commonly spoken at home?


synagogue        stevedore        defecate      silhouette    entice    lure   squeal 



Do you think most Singaporean adults know their meanings and spelling? If they do not, can you blame your child for not knowing a significant number of words in the PSLE English paper?


To make matters worse, finding a good teacher/tutor who can teach PSLE English well is a challenge. For English, it is difficult to find tutors and tuition centres that can produce results. Why is this so? Firstly, there are many components to be mastered in English and secondly, some components are quite complex for 12 year olds to master. One example is reading comprehension.


Fortunately, for over a decade, the series entitled The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Comprehension (by Shaheed Salim) has helped teachers and students with teaching and mastering this component. If your child finds PSLE English tough, then perhaps the following classes by Shaheed Salim may help.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:
  • Answering comprehension questions

  • Using comprehension text as an example for better writing


Format: Teaching + Worksheets + Discussions


4 sessions of 1.5 hrs each on Saturdays and Sundays


Dates: 26th May, 27th May, 2rd Jun & 3rd Jun


Timing: 10.30 am – 12.00 pm  


Location: Blk 644, Bukit Batok Central, #01-68. S(650644).


Our location is just a 3-min walk from either the Bukit Batok MRT station or the Bukit Batok Bus Interchange. Buses that stop along the roads surrounding our location are numbers 157, 178, 66, 506, 173, 174, 176, 187, 985. Buses services which terminate at Bukit Batok Bus Interchange are 61, 77, 106, 173, 177, 189, 852, 941, 945, 947.



The Tutor:


Trained at NIE, Mr Shaheed Salim was a former school teacher. Throughout the years, Mr Shaheed has experimented with numerous teaching strategies for teaching English, Math and Science. His systematic and progressive teaching strategy for comprehension has been very popular with schools; Mr Shaheed’s The Ultimate Guide To Mastering Comprehension books have been used by thousands of students since 2001; this is just one the many teaching strategies he has created. An experienced and effective teacher, students love his classes because they are not only learning and improving; the fun factor is pretty high.