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New school year is starting soon. Are you thinking of buying a Chinese language assessment book for your children?
I have been using this book and found it comprehensive. I would like to share why I like the book in this post:
- The exercises are arranged by chapters you learn at school.
- It does not separate into two books for each semester (For example, book 3A for semester 3A and book 3B for semester 3B) and thus you only need to buy one book each year.
- It includes a composition exercise (看图作文) at each chapter.
- There are two exercises on oral and listening (one at mid-year revision and another one at year-end revision).
- It is available for each primary school year.
Whether your children are attending tuition or not, this book can be used as a revision after they have learnt each chapter at school. If I want to nitpick, I would like to see 命题作文 to be included for higher primary books. It is because PSLE Chinese Language has both 看图作文 and 命题作文. Exposure to both types of composition exercises will help to boost the confidence of the students taking PSLE.
A note for international students who would like to learn Chinese language using the book, please consider buying the textbook of the same academic year as well.
Book Title：《小学华文综合练习》 (Chinese Complete Practice)
Publisher: Educational Publishing House Pte. Ltd.
Disclaimer: This is just a suggestion for parents and students. You can get the book from major bookshops. I do not earn anything from anyone, anywhere, anytime by writing this post. This post is just for sharing.
Disclaimer: This article is open for discussion. I do not own this reference book with the title PSLE 华文阅读理解 (PSLE Chinese Reading Comprehension)， 第一版 2012年. Some questionable examples are found in the book.
1. Answer that does not exist?
Below is the extract of a full passage inside the book:
On the next page is the questions relate to the passage above, below is extract of the questions:
In the answer page, the answer given for question 18 cannot be found in the passage, as below extract of the answer page:
2. Extra, missing or wrong words?
Below are the three extracts from the book on different pages. After much discussion and consideration, it is confirmed that they are errors. Please feedback if you think otherwise.
(a) Missing word of “生” as the correct noun should be “小学生”.
(b) Extra word of “胡”
(c) The original word is “卖”, which has been amended to “买”. From the context of the passage, the passage is about consumers who has bought (买) the goods and found that the goods are not suitable for use.
With these examples, I hope parents and students will be careful when referring to any reference books available in the market. If you have any doubt, always find a third opinion. Most importantly, have confidence in yourself, do not feel discouraged if you find questionable information in any reference book. Knowledge is gained through questioning.
I am not sure if they have rectified the error, just want to alert parents and students if you have bought the same book with the same version as mine. I welcome comments and feedback. Thank you.