October - December 2017 | Issue 101


Chinese Made Fun
and Meaningful!

After several months of intense planning and preparation, the inaugural ‘Seminar and Workshop for Pre-School Chinese Language Teachers 2017’ was held on 15 July 2017 to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) at national level. The event had an impressive turnout rate of over 860 pre-school teachers!

Based on the theme ‘Learning Corner and Games’, this seminar cum workshop aimed to enhance the professional development of pre-school teachers. Moreover, the workshop provides a platform for scholars and practitioners of Pre-School Chinese language to communicate their thoughts and share their experiences.

The Guest of Honour, Ms Low Yen Ling, Chairman of CPCLL; Senior Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), praised the support and services rendered by Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC) through the professional sharing, emceeing and running of the event.

The titles of the professional sharing sessions by ALC faculty members and students from the Master of Arts in Teaching Chinese as an International Language (MATCIL) programme are as follows:

  •  Interactive Story telling through Handicraft — A Whole Language Approach Learning for Children by Associate Professor Aw Guat Poh, Assistant Head of ALC-Chinese and students Li Haotian, Liu Yandi, Wang Xue, Xia Bing, Zhang Li and Zhao Yi
  •  Cultivating the Interest in Literacy Through Reading Picture Books — A Children’s Reading Workshop by Dr Zhang Aidong, Dr Tan Ah Hong and Mdm Lim Tiew Ling
  • Pre-school Education of the Chinese Language as a Second Language — Learning Corner by Dr Luo Qingming and students Li Xinping, Julia Wang, Rong Lichun, Gui Lin, Yang Yi Lin, Wang Yuren, Chen Jin and Cheng Gang

A 50-man strong support team comprising mainly of student volunteers from CLEAR Club, BA- Year 2, Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Primary and Secondary, December 2016 Intake, and MATCIL ensured the smooth running of the event. They took pride in performing their duties and supported one another cohesively. Their efforts and contributions were highly complimented by the participants.

It was motivating to see so many participants expressing interest in the MATCIL programme especially after witnessing the engaging sharing by the MATCIL students.

It is definitely a great honour and accomplishment for ALC to be able to play an active role in promoting pre-school education. We look forward to more collaboration with MOE in the near future.

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