Early Childhood Chinese Language Symposium 2021
The Christian Preschool Alliance and Chinese Kindergarten invites all Christian preschool educators,
parents and stakeholders to join this exciting symposium on 25 Sep 2021,
to come together to learn how we can excel in developing young children
in Chinese language and culture, and bring back the biblical perspective of learning Chinese.
The objectives for the symposium are:
- Raise awareness of the importance of our children learning their mother tongue at preschool age.
- Advocate that learning of the language goes beyond mastery but also enjoyment.
- Celebrate the journey of Chinese language education in the early childhood sector.
This symposium is also held in conjunction with Chinese Kindergarten's 100th Anniversary
celebration this year.
CHINESE KINDERGARTEN - SINGAPORE’S 1ST KINDERGARTEN | PIONEER IN CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING
Chinese Kindergarten was the first and oldest kindergarten in Singapore,
and the medium of instruction then was only Chinese.
Albeit the change in the landscape and the increasing shift in the usage of English,
the learning of Chinese still remains a core component in the curriculum.
Chinese Kindergarten celebrates their 100th anniversary this year
and is the co-partner for this symposium.
for the newspaper article by ZaoBao to read about Chinese Kindergarten's rich history
and its 100th year anniversary!
SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS & TOPICS
The speakers for the symposium are renowned experts in Singapore in Chinese language
and its development:
Dr Connie Lum
Dr Lim Teck Peng
Dr Aw Guat Poh
Currently the Director of Mother Tongue Languages in NTUC First Campus, Dr Lum had been in the early childhood field for over 20 years and holds a doctorate in education. She works closely with preschool principals and teachers in developing & delivering Chinese curriculum & programmes to children & the continual review of curriculum tools & techniques.
Currently the Academic Dean of Trinity Theological College, Dr Lim's long-term research interest lies in developing Christian educational ideas & practices for church and society. Serving as the general editor of Shengjing Tiandi（圣经天地）, he is currently spearheading a project with churches to develop a preschool Bible-based curriculum using the mother tongue.
Currently the Assistant Head for Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) at National Institute of Education (NIE), Dr Aw specializes in the teaching & learning of Chinese & Teachers’ education. She is an active practitioner who works together with teachers from preschools, primary & secondary schools in the teaching & research of Chinese language.
TOPIC 1: LANGUAGE IMMERSION THROUGH ACTIVE LEARNING
In this session, the speaker will explain how Active Learning can be used in both classrooms and at home to support pre-school children’s development in oracy skills. The speaker will also demonstrate key steps in setting up a utilising teaching aids, music and movement and craft to make Mother Tongue Language learning fun for children.
TOPIC 2: VALUE OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE LEARNING OF CHINESE LANGUAGE IN THE CONTEXT OF SINGAPORE’S BILINGUAL EDUCATIONAL POLICY
This session is aimed to help participants gain a better appreciation of the contributions of Christianity to early childhood education. And, particularly in the context of Singapore’s bilingual educational policy, it looks into the opportunities and challenges that the churches face in offering a sustainable bilingual preschool education to the public.
TOPIC 3: PARENTS' ROLE IN SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S BI-LINGUAL LEARNING IN THE 21ST CENTRURY CONTEXT
In this session, the speaker will share her rich research and teaching experience about the strengths and challenges of learning the Chinese language in today’s local bilingual context. Strategies on how parents should and could participate in their children’s bilingual learning journey in the 21st century context will be shared as well.
Date: 25 Sep 2021 (Saturday)
Platform: Over Zoom
The e-ticket with the Zoom forum link will be sent to your email after registration.
to reserve your e-ticket! Admission is free.
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