PSLE Chinese Oral Video Conversation Guide

Video conversation is an important component of the oral examination; it alone is worth up to 30 marks, which constitutes 15% of the overall weightage for the Mother Tongue papers. It requires candidates to properly describe the video screened previously in a coherent manner, in addition offer their own views and feelings based on the video context.

Candidates will have 10 minutes to prepare before the actual examination upfront, for both the short passage reading and video segments. Candidates should spend at least 5 minutes on preparing for the video segment. Whilst doing so, they should observe the video carefully, and take note of the following:

1. Time, Place And Person(s) Involved

2. Divide Person(s) Into Groups Based On Specific Similarities (Physical Traits, Actions-Wise)

3. Expand Upon The Actions of These Groups In A Designated Sequence

4. Focus On Particular Characters, Such As Those Exhibiting Exemplary Or Bad Behaviors

When describing the video, you need to follow the format :

1. Opening (这段视频描述的是...)

2. Description Sequence

Make sure you describe with accurate words (taking care never to assign names to characters in the video), for example: '那个扎着马尾的女生' is better than 那个女生' '一个戴着眼镜、背着书包的男同学' is better than '一个男生'

3. Views And Feelings

(我生气/担心...) (我认为他们不应该...而是应该...) In addition to providing a cogent synopsis of things, candidates are also required to discuss their views and feelings based on the video context. Note that a lack of provision of the latter may result in possible penalization.

4. Advice And Suggestions

Besides discussing one's views and feelings, candidates who endeavor to achieve full marks can try to give their own suggestions, for example potential solutions to remedy circumstances articulated in the video itself .

5. Ending (总的来说...)

Other Things To Take Note Of :

1. DO NOT invent a story line, stick to the facts

2. Narrate occurrences sequentially and in a properly thought out format

3. DO NOT identify the person(s) by name(s) in the video.

4. Key figures should be described in detail, such as his/her attire, mannerisms etc. For example, '戴着眼镜的女士...', '扎着马尾的女孩子...', '穿着衬衫、打着领带的中年男士...'.

5. DO NOT forget to pay attention to the physical environment where the ongoing events are embedded within, for example, the buildings, woods, flowers, lights and tables.

6. A proper conclusion is absolutely necessary


The above content is contributed by Mdm Wang, who has more than 2 decades of experience in teaching the Chinese language. Visit her site at for more information.




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