The tuition given is comprehensive because not only is the English component covered, the Literature portion is covered as well. Not many centres provide help for the Literature component. Here I ensure that both sections – the language paper, the texts and the unseen portion are thoroughly covered.
Tutoring Language Arts or Lang Arts for short has always been fun. The Language component consists basically of comprehension/critical literacy and essay-writing but depending on the school, can also include film studies, critical commentaries of articles and news and feature writing. The Literature component consists of key passage analysis, essays based on set texts and analysis of unseen prose and poems.
Lang Arts can be challenging for students because of the emphasis on expository writing as most of them are used to narrative writing. This is where imparting of skills, followed by guided practice and role-modelling are all crucial in helping students master the skills. Grammar is also included for those who are weak in it. The Literature component can be quite arduous for those who do not like reading. This is where the tutor can make the difference by showing to students the ways to approach the text – the contexts, subtexts, cultural ideologies and for the upper levels, a little knowledge of literary theories always helps.
Helping the student in coursework is essential in pushing up the grade – I promise to help the student in the assignments whether they be scripts for radios, TVs, preparations for debates, individual oral commentaries and group presentations, individual reflections, or extended essays.
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