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Malay Tuition could Help your Child Cope Better, and so He or She Needs It

Many parents with children taking Malay language have succumbed to the Malay tuition pressure.

The thought of getting Malay language tuition for your son or daughter might have been lurking at the back of your mind since he or she entered primary school, but you had held out for the last few years.

Despite your attempts to provide a bilingual environment at home, with your husband speaking Malay and you speaking English, your kids are more comfortable speaking in English. Your children prefer to read English storybooks and that explains it all.

Your child’s Malay scores are probably quite respectable. He or she does put in effort and can read the words in his textbook. But the problem is composition. It is the component of the Malay exam paper that immediately exposes the flaws in one’s command of the language.

You cringe whenever you read the few short Malay paragraphs that your child writes. These paragraphs show that he or she can use only the most basic terms to describe a scene and, at best, stilted grammar written in the way that he would have written an English sentence. They show his supreme lack of ease with the Malay language.

You tried to help. You shared with your child how you improved on your Malay karangan in school by learning useful Malay phrases associated with specific themes. You even tried to get your child to copy model Malay compositions.

While this approach might have worked for some kids, your child remained uninterested and unmotivated in Malay.

Having decided he needed help in the Malay language, you can see how it would be all too easy to justify why your child needs help for other subjects too. His or her English compositions are far better than his Malay ones, but they still contain grammar and spelling mistakes.

Malay oral skill is supposed to become an increasingly important component by which performance in the subject is measured, and your child can only benefit from more help to speak better. So, for now, your child probably needs Malay tuition more than other subjects.

Despite the initial resistance, your child has been cheerfully going for class. It helps that he or she finds the Malay tutor funny and enjoys the jokes and stickers doled out. The one-to-one private Malay tuition is far more effective.

Your child gets additional homework – learning Malay phrases or words which he or she is encouraged to use in writing and which will be tested – almost every week. The words are tough even for you, but your child takes them in his or her stride, partly because of his desire to collect more stickers.

It came to a point when you had to remind your that the aim of learning the words was to use them in compositions, not so that he or she could collect stickers.

Private Malay tuition is definitely helping your child or, at the very least, attending the extra Malay classes is giving him or her the additional exposure to the Malay language. An additional 1.5 hours a week in a fairly happy environment learning Bahasa Melayu is surely a good thing.

So, if you’ve decided that Malay tuition helps your child to cope better with Malay and not dislike it, then he or she needs it. Thanks for reading.

About the contributor:

Dr Elmi Zulkarnain Osman is an award winning educator from Singapore and now the Chief Executive of Elemantra Consultancy Group. Related tags: EmceeWedding EmceeBilingual English Malay Event Host