1. Objectives of competition

This competition aims to encourage early childhood educators, students, parents and members of the public in Singapore to make use of the items and materials that are readily available to design various localized teaching aids for teaching and learning Chinese Language. We hope that this competition can create a platform to motivate and promote children’s love for learning Chinese Language.

The objectives of the competition:

  1. To encourage creativity and collaboration in introducing new and practical children’s teaching aids in the Chinese Language.
  2. Enhance the effectiveness of learning Chinese through the production of these teaching aids.
  3. Provide a platform for various parties to interact and learn from each other’s creativity.
  4. To improve the overall quality of early childhood education teaching aids and resources through the development of Singapore’s localised context.

2. Organizing partners

  1. Main Organizer: Singapore Centre for Chinese Language
  2. Supporting Organizations: Singapore University of Social Sciences, NTUC First Campus Co-Operative Ltd, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, SEED Institute, PAP Community Foundation and Thumbs Up Little Junior.

3. Theme

  1. Teaching aid category: Select any one of the six learning area in Nurturing Early Learners framework (NEL) and teaching aids are designed for children to learn Chinese Language
  2. Materials used: Participants can create teaching aid from materials that are readily available in our daily lives.

4. Participants
This competition will be opened to individuals or groups of early childhood educators, students, parents or members of the public in Singapore. For group registration, the number of participants per group shall not exceed six people. Each individual can enter a maximum of two entries in this competition, not limited to individual or group entries.

5. Competition Details

  1. The entries will be sent to or personally delivered to the following:
    1. First Round of Competition
    2. Submission details:
      1. Submission Closing Date: 31 May 2018 (Thursday), 17:00.
      2. Place of submission: Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, 287 Ghim Moh Road Singapore 279623
      3. Release of first round competition result: Qualifying individuals or groups will be announced on 18 June 2018 (Monday) on SCCL’s website, and will be notified by phone.
  2. Finals:
    1. Teams qualified for the finals will be required to present and demonstrate the use of the teaching aid.
    2. Date and time of competition: 30 June 2018 (Saturday).
    3. Venue: Singapore Centre for Chinese Language 287 Ghim Moh Road Singapore 279623
    4. Award giving and presentation: 12 September 2018 (Wednesday).
    5. Award winners will be required to display and present the winning work at the 5th International Conference of the Teaching and Learning of Chinese as a Second Language, which will be held on 12 September 2018 (Wednesday).

6. Judging Criteria

  1. Requirement of the submission of teaching aid:
    1. Materials: Items that are readily available and can be kept at room temperature.
    2. Explanation of teaching aid: Please fill out the form in Annex 2 and print it out in A4 size, and submit along with the teaching aid.
  2. b. Stages of evaluation:
    1. First stage of evaluation: The teaching aid will be judged by 7 to 11 professionals in the early childhood education sector. The qualifying team will be notified by email or phone by 18 June 2018 (Monday).
    2. Second stage of evaluation: Qualifying teams will present their work and the teaching aid will be judged by five to seven professionals in the early childhood education sector on the competition day. The results will be announced on the same day on 30 June 2018 (Saturday).

 

A. Educational Purpose (20%): The teaching aid is developmentally appropriate and encompassing the significance of teaching Chinese Language.
B. Suitability of localized context (20%): The teaching aid fulfills at least one of the six learning areas in Nurturing Early Learners framework (NEL) and has Singapore’s localised context, as well as demonstrates usability in classroom settings.
C. Creativity (20%): The teaching aid should be original and creative to trigger the children’s interest to learn.
D. Practicality (20%): The teaching aid should be durable and have aesthetic value. It should be useful in conducting extended teaching activities.
E. Ease of use(20%): The teaching aid can be easy to replicate (do-it-yourself), easy to use and heighten the effectiveness of teaching Chinese Language.

 

7. Awards:

Most Outstanding Award: 1 Most Outstanding Award will be awarded. The winning team will receive a trophy and each group member will receive a certificate, as well as a group reward worth S$1800 dollars.
Outstanding Award: 1 Outstanding Award will be awarded. The winning team will receive a trophy and each group member will receive a certificate, as well as a group reward worth S$1200 dollars.
Excellence Award: 1 Excellence Award will be awarded. The winning team will receive a trophy and each group member will receive a certificate, as well as a group reward worth S$600 dollars.
Special Award: 1 Special Award will be awarded. The winning team will receive a trophy and each group member will receive a certificate, as well as a group reward worth S$600 dollars.
Promising Award: 5 Promising Awards will be awarded. The winning teams will receive a trophy and each group member will receive a certificate, as well as a group reward worth S$200 dollars.
Participating group: Participating group will receive a certificate as well as a set of teaching resource and book of “Come, Let's Celebrate!” series.

* Please note that rewards given will be vouchers worth of the same value.

 

8. Registration method:

Please fill out the Application Form (Annex 1), Design and Instructional Manual of Teaching Aid (Annex 2), Declaration Form (Annex 3), Consent Form (Annex 4), and along with all the relevant written documents. Please go to the SCCL’s website to download the relevant forms and mail via post to SCCL. Please specify: "2018 Singapore Children’s Teaching Aid Competition in Chinese Language - Things in Everyday Life".

9. Rules & Regulations

  1. All submissions must be original work of the entrant and not plagiarized, which includes and is not limited to previously published work or work which has received any awards locally or internationally. Any work found not to be original shall be disqualified and will face legal responsibilities (please see Annex 3).
  2. Please note that all submissions will NOT be returned. Remember to make a back up copy of your work.
  3. By accepting the prize, where permitted by law, the award winner grants the organizer to print, publish, broadcast and use the works. The award-winning works will be included in the publications related to “2018 National Preschool Teaching Aid Competition - Things in Everyday Life”. Please sign the declaration form in Annex 4. Please note that the non-awarding winning entries will be kept with SCCL’s sole discretion.
  4. While the authorship rights will remain with the award winner of the competition, all other rights will belong to SCCL. SCCL reserves the rights to rewrite, publish, copy and distribute the winning entries or parts of the content at any time and in any places, without getting consent from or paying any fee to the authors.

10. Contact us
Email: preschoolcourse@sccl.sg
Phone:6467 5667

SCCL reserves the rights to make changes under special circumstances.