EARLY CHILDHOOD CHINESE LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2021

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September 25, 2021

Zoom seminar

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EARLY CHILDHOOD CHINESE LANGUAGE SYMPOSIUM 2021

The Christian Preschool Alliance and Chinese Kindergarten invites all Christian preschool educators, parents and stakeholders to come together to learn how we can excel at developing young children in the Chinese language and culture, and bring back the biblical perspective of learning Chinese.

The objectives for the symposium are to:

  1. Raise awareness of the importance of learning one’s Chinese mother tongue at preschool age.
  2. Advocate that learning of the language is not just about mastery, but also enjoyment.
  3. Celebrate the journey of Chinese language education in the early childhood sector.

This symposium is held in conjunction with Chinese Kindergarten’s 100th Anniversary celebration this year. Chinese Kindergarten is the first and oldest kindergarten in Singapore. Its medium of instruction during that time was only Chinese; it still remains a core component in the curriculum.

About the speakers and topics:
The speakers are renowned experts in Singapore in Chinese language and its development:

Dr Connie Lum
The Director of Mother Tongue Languages at NTUC First Campus, Dr Lum has 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 and delivering Chinese curriculum and programmes to children and continually reviewing curriculum tools and techniques.

Topic: Language Immersion through Active Learning
Dr Lum will explain how active learning can be used in both classrooms and at home to support pre-school children’s development in oracy skills. She will also demonstrate key steps in utilising teaching aids, music and movement and craft to make learning the language fun for children.

Prof Dr Lim Teck Peng
The Academic Dean of Trinity Theological College, Dr Lim’s long-term research interest lies in developing Christian educational ideas and practices for church and society. The general editor of 圣经天地 (Shengjing Tiandi) is currently spearheading a project with churches to develop a preschool Bible-based curriculum using the Chinese mother tongue.

Topic: Value of Christianity in Learning of Chinese Language in the Context of Singapore’s Bilingual Education Policy
This session aims to help participants better appreciate the contribution of Christianity to early childhood education, 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.

Dr Aw Guat Poh
The Assistant Head for Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) at National Institute of Education (NIE), Dr Aw specialises in the teaching and learning of Chinese, and in teachers’ education. The active practitioner works with teachers from preschools, primary and secondary schools in the teaching and research of the Chinese language.

Topic: Parents’ Role in Supporting Children’s Bilingual Learning in the 21st Century Context
Dr Aw will share the benefits and challenges of learning the Chinese language in today’s local bilingual context. She will also share strategies on how parents should and could participate in their children’s bilingual learning journey.

Date:  September 25, 2021

Time: 9am –12pm

Cost: Free

Click here for more details and to register.

About the Organiser:
The Christian Preschool Alliance (CPA) was born at a challenging time when many Christian preschools were facing diminishing enrolment, increasing losses and tough competition from government-funded preschools which provide quality programmes at highly-subsidised rates.

Formed in 2019, CPA is a nationwide inter-denominational Christian movement with the goal of ensuring the continued and vital presence of Christian preschools in Singapore. It draws together people and organisations who share a common need, purpose or desire to contribute to this goal. Leading this alliance are Christians from different denominations.

Chinese Kindergarten was founded in 1921. It actively promotes the Chinese language and culture in a bilingual community. It is committed to growing children into keen learners, joyful givers, and confident team players.

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