NIE Organises Biliteracy Symposium For Local Educators - 16 December 2011

NIE Organises Biliteracy Symposium For Local Educators - 16 December 2011

Date
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Becoming bi-literate in Singapore has recently garnered more discussion since local schools here emphasise the learning of English and Mother tongue language concurrently in Singapore.

In tackling the question of greater learning capabilities for bilingualism, the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore's Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) will be organising a symposium on the topic of "Becoming Bilterate in Singapore: A Symposium on Sociolinguistic, Psychological, and Educational Studies of Biliteracy".

With meaningful study findings and information collected on Singaporean children who are acquiring literacy concurrently in two languages, as a further evaluation model, the NIE organising team hopes that the symposium will help to raise awareness and serve as a platform for the exchange of research ideas among key stakeholders.

One of the objectives will also be to share on key contributing factors. Such as, how to avoid the limitation of curriculum and pedagogy to treat English and Mother tongue language as completely separate subjects because there are cross-linguistic relationships between literacy skills in the two languages.

To achieve such an objective, locals as well as international researchers on biliteracy acquisition will be presenting their study findings at the symposium. Various issues of how to nurture biliteracy abilities among Singaporean children will be discussed as well.

Response has been positive with more than 100 registered participants who are expected to attend the one-day symposium. They are largely teachers, educators, policy makers, curriculum developers and education leaders in Singapore and the region.

For the programme and list of the speakers and synopses of their presentations, please refer to Annexe B.

 


ANNEXE A 

PROGRAMME

SYMPOSIUM WELCOME ADDRESS: 16 DECEMBER 2011 AT 9.00 AM, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (NIE), NIE BLOCK 5 LEVEL 1, LT 11, 1 NANYANG WALK, SINGAPORE 637616

9.00 AM                 Opening Address: Associate Professor Kerry Lee, Deputy Head, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice; and Associate Dean, Office of Education Research
9.20 AM
                      
"Diversity and Overlap in Literacy Skills for Children Learning L1 Chinese and L2 English: Implications for Educators" by Professor Catherine McBride-Chang, Department of Psychology & Director, the Developmental Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, People's Republic of China
10.20 AM Tea Break
11:20 AM "Private Language Management in Singapore: Which Language to Practice and How" by Assistant Professor Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen, English Language & Literature Academic Group, NIE Singapore
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM
"Variations in Second Language Reading Development: Transfer, Accommodation and Assimilation" by Professor Keiko Koda, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
2:30 PM "Biliteracy Learning as Curricular Appropriation: Effects of a Culturally-Responsive Pedagogy" by Associate Professor Lawrence Zhang Jun, English Language & Literature Academic Group, NIE Singapore
3:10 PM Tea Break
3:40 PM "The Neural Network of Reading Changes with Experiences: Evidence from Cross-Linguistic Studies" by Nanyang Assistant Professor Fan Cao, Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, NTU Singapore
4:30 PM
Roundtable Discussion: "Nurturing Biliteracy among Children in Singapore"
5.30 PM End of Symposium

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