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OUR ENGLISH STRATEGY

Unlocking the full potential of students in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) is at the heart of Cognitus Academy's approach.

Through our CRW Strategy, we provide a structured framework designed to enhance students' comprehension skills and elevate their writing proficiency.

With a focus on critical analysis, effective communication, and strategic writing techniques, our CRW Strategy empowers students to excel in both academic and real-world contexts.

Questions often asked by Parents

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Our approach focuses on cultivating Critical Thinking. 

In the language domain, Critical Thinking can be developed through Critical Reading and Critical Writing. The mastery of these two skills translates directly to top English results in exams.

When putting in an equal amount of effort, why do students achieve different results from their peers?

What is the secret to consistently score high marks for Comprehension?

How can your child build a strong foundation for grammar?

How do current affairs help your child with writing and oral exams?

Is there a way to consistently ace English exams?

Critical Reading and Writing

Reading and writing are indispensable and interconnected processes in language development. Reading is needed to receive information, taken as a form of INPUT, while writing is a productive exercise that is considered OUTPUT.

Credits: This framework is an adaptation and synthesis of Paul and Elder’s theory on Critical Thinking, and books on Critical Reading and Critical Writing.

Critical Reading

According to research conducted by gurus of critical thinking, Professors Richard Paul and Linda Elder, there are four levels of Critical Reading.

Here is how each level helps our students score in the English exams.

Level 1: Paraphrasing
Primary 
✔ Comprehension
✔ Open-ended (Compre OE)
 
Secondary
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Summary
 
Junior College
✔ SAQ

✔ Summary
Level 2: Identifying The Main Idea
Primary 
✔ Compre OE
✔ Cloze Passage
✔ Visual Text Compre (VTC)
✔ Oral: Stimulus-based Conversation (SBC)
 
Secondary
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Summary
✔ Visual Text Compre (VTC)
✔ Reading assignments across subjects
 
Junior College
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Summary
✔ Application Question (AQ)
✔ Reading assignments across subjects
Level 3: Analysing The Text Logic
Primary 
✔ Compre OE
✔ Cloze Passage
 
Secondary
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Reading assignments across subjects
 
Junior College
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Reading assignments across subjects
Level 4: Evaluating The Text Logic
Primary 
✔ Compre OE: Evaluative Question
 
Secondary
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Reading assignments across subjects
 
Junior College
✔ Short-Answer Questions (SAQ)

✔ Application Question (AQ)
✔ Reading assignments across subjects

Without deep understanding of the comprehension texts, no amount of highlighting and underlining will help your child breakthrough their limitations in Comprehension.

They MUST understand what they read in order to answer the questions clearly and accurately. We set your mind at ease because we are able to teach them these critical reading skills.

Critical Writing

Professors Paul and Elder highlight two important skills that are fundamental to Critical Writing.

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They are substantive writing and reflective writing. Through the development of multiple drafts with our teachers, students are able to improve their plot, characters, and arguments.

Substantive Writing
Substantive Writing helps students focus on the purpose of the writing task (e.g., to persuade, to entertain, to report etc). The right purpose will help students use the appropriate tone and vocabulary to meet their writing goals.
Reflective Writing
Reflective Writing involves developing students’ ability to evaluate their own writing by asking these questions:
    1. “How good is my writing?”
    2. “How can I improve in my next draft?”
    3. “How do I seek help?”

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