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Primary School Teaching Toolkit

 

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I can write "what I see" and "what I think"—scaffolding instructions for picture composition writing
Author: Mdm. Zhou Hongxia, Dr. Goh Poh Huat

The teaching toolkit, entitled “I can write ‘what I see’ and ‘what I think’—scaffolding instructions for picture composition writing”, is a product of collaborative school-based research by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, Concord Primary School and De La Salle School. It provides teachers with supplementary materials for Chinese composition writing lessons, and can be used as a school-based curriculum.

Designed for teaching picture composition writing in Primary 3 and 4 classes, the toolkit aims to assist students with the scaffolding teaching model and help them overcome the limitations of paucity of ideas and lack of coherence in writing. It comprises 8 units, complete with lesson plans, worksheets and PowerPoint slides. In addition, the chapters on scaffolding instruction theory and the toolkit’s overall design equip teachers with a better understanding of the principles behind the toolkit. All the lesson plans have been experimented in schools with sound students’ performance and are well received by teachers. This is a very handy toolkit for middle primary Chinese language teachers.

 

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Elementary Writing (Revised)
Author: Dr. Ng Tai Cheen, Dr. Yan Jing, Mdm. Dong Yan, Mdm. Kuah Hui Hui

Developed by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language (SCCL), the revised “Elementary Writing” teaching toolkit is designed for use in lower Primary Chinese language lessons. As the product of a collaborative school-based research project by SCCL, Anglo Chinese School (Junior) and Bukit Timah Primary School, this toolkit exemplifies the innovative concept of “Research-Validate-Train” advocated by SCCL.

The toolkit comprises resources for both Primary 1 and Primary 2 levels. For each level, there are ten lesson plans and related student activity sheets designed on the basis of effective pedagogical principles. All the resources are aligned with the latest 2015 Chinese Language (Primary) Syllabus launched by MOE.

The revised “Elementary Writing” teaching toolkit provides a systematic approach to the teaching of elementary writing and is a useful resource for lower primary Chinese language teachers.

 

Drama Web

Drama is the Laboratory of Learning Chinese as a Second Language (Updated Version)
Author: Dr. Chou Shiao-Yuh, Mr. Lim Chin Nam

Developed by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, the “Drama is the Laboratory of Learning Chinese as a Second Language” teaching toolkit (Updated Version) is designed for use in the teaching of Chinese language in primary and secondary schools. The toolkit comprises two parts: the Written Part and the Demonstrative Videos.

The Written Part begins with an introduction to the theories of drama in education and their application processes. It continues with an exploration of how drama can be integrated in the teaching and learning of Chinese, followed by a concise account of eight common drama conventions. The accompanying lesson plans, 7 for secondary school and 3 for primary school, give teachers a concrete idea of how the drama conventions can be applied in the Chinese classroom. Samples of students’ compositions written with the aid of drama conventions are also appended.

The Video Section comprises the interviews of participant teachers and students as well as examples demonstrating how the drama conventions are used in the classroom. There are 13 videos in the toolkit.

The Written Explanations together with the Demonstrative Videos in the toolkit equip teachers with a deeper understanding of how drama can effectively be integrated in Chinese language teaching. The toolkit aims to change the stereotype concepts of the use of drama in education and ultimately promote drama pedagogy in Chinese language education.

 

Digital Storytelling

Improving Higher Primary Students’ Oral Proficiency by Using Digital Storytelling
Author: Mdm. Wu Jing , Mdm. Chow Fong Yee, Ms. Ng Mei Wan

Designed for Primary 3 and 4 Chinese teachers, this toolkit aims to improve students’ oral proficiency while engaging them in self-directed and collaborative learning through the use of digital storytelling. Through the five steps of Speaking, Typing, Writing, Digital Story Assembly and Presentation, the toolkit will help to enhance students' comprehensive language competence of Chinese.

The toolkit contains four demonstrative teaching designs complete with lesson plans, worksheets and PPT presentations for teachers to integrate digital storytelling in their lessons. Five additional lesson plans dealing with different areas in oral and written communications are appended to give teachers ideas on the alternative methods of using digital storytelling in the teaching of Chinese.

 

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More Reading for More Fun
Author: Mr. Ang Swee Choon, Mr. Mao Zhaohui

Infusing theories from the field of education psychology, this package aims to help primary school students find fun in reading by providing teachers with effective teaching strategies for Chinese vocabulary acquisition and thinking skills development.

Based on L. W. Anderson’s taxonomy of knowledge, the first chapter of this package tackles vocabulary acquisition by classifying vocabulary with a modified classification model, and then recommending 6 teaching methods for these different categories of vocabulary, namely: 1) Explanation through Examples, 2) Show and Tell, 3) Comparison and Contrast, 4) Deconstruction, 5) Translation and 6) Demonstration by Performing. A total of 12 lesson plans, 12 PowerPoint slideshows and 12 worksheets are included in this chapter.

The second chapter focuses on reading strategies, where teachers can train students to look out for “5W1H” and “PEEL” and opportunities for “Thinking Transfer” in passages from school textbooks. 13 lesson plans, 13 PowerPoint slideshows and 16 worksheets are included in this chapter.

To help teachers better understand the theories behind our production, design concepts, instructions and dissertations are also provided in the CD for reference.

When students are equipped with better reading techniques, provided with more knowledge transfer opportunities and have less difficulty with vocabularies, they will definitely find reading less tedious and enjoy reading in time to come.

 

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Teaching Chinese Idioms with Animation
Editor: Dr. Chin Chee Kuen

Author: Mdm. Gong Cheng, Mdm Tay Boon Pei, Dr. Wong Lung Hsiang, Mdm. Tan Geok Hoon, Mdm. Chow Fong Yee

Developed by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, the “Teaching Chinese Idioms with Animation” teaching toolkit is designed for use by Primary 3 to 6 Chinese language teachers when teaching Chinese idioms. They may use the toolkit as a teaching aid or school-based teaching material.

Comprising 13 lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations as well as the respective network link addresses for the 48 animations specially created by Lu Feng Technology, the toolkit caters for the learning needs of primary school students in Singapore. Students would be able to master 48 idioms while watching the animations, with their interest in Chinese thus stimulated.

Each of the 13 lesson plans comes in two versions, catering to pupils of different levels of proficiency. The lesson plans demonstrate 13 different strategies to teach Chinese idioms. Appended to each lesson plan is a short essay, explaining the educational theory behind the strategy adopted. These strategies are effective not only for the teaching of Chinese idioms, but are also useful for the teaching of Chinese vocabulary in general. This toolkit is therefore beneficial to both students and teachers.

 

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Elementary Writing
Author: Ms. Yan Jing

Developed by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, the “Elementary Writing” teaching toolkit is designed for use in lower Primary Chinese language lessons. As the product of a collaborative school-based research project by SCCL and the Bukit Timah Primary School, this toolkit exemplifies the innovative concept of “Research-Validation-Training” advocated by SCCL.

The toolkit comprises ten lesson plans and related student activity sheets. The lesson plans will be a handy guide for primary school Chinese language teachers when teaching writing. The student activity sheets are fully illustrated with interesting cartoons which will certainly attract the students. The toolkit provides a systematic approach to the teaching of elementary writing. Students will learn basic writing skills in stages, beginning with sentence writing and moving onto paragraph writing. The first five lessons introduce some basic sentence patterns used in narration while the remaining lessons help students grasp the essential elements and basic structure of the narrative. It is a most useful toolkit for lower primary Chinese language teachers.

 

Secondary School Teaching Toolkit

 

Drama Web

Drama is the Laboratory of Learning Chinese as a Second Language (Updated Version)
Author: Dr. Chou Shiao-Yuh, Mr. Lim Chin Nam

Developed by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, the “Drama is the Laboratory of Learning Chinese as a Second Language” teaching toolkit (Updated Version) is designed for use in the teaching of Chinese language in primary and secondary schools. The toolkit comprises two parts: the Written Part and the Demonstrative Videos.

The Written Part begins with an introduction to the theories of drama in education and their application processes. It continues with an exploration of how drama can be integrated in the teaching and learning of Chinese, followed by a concise account of eight common drama conventions. The accompanying lesson plans, 7 for secondary school and 3 for primary school, give teachers a concrete idea of how the drama conventions can be applied in the Chinese classroom. Samples of students’ compositions written with the aid of drama conventions are also appended.

The Video Section comprises the interviews of participant teachers and students as well as examples demonstrating how the drama conventions are used in the classroom. There are 13 videos in the toolkit.

The Written Explanations together with the Demonstrative Videos in the toolkit equip teachers with a deeper understanding of how drama can effectively be integrated in Chinese language teaching. The toolkit aims to change the stereotype concepts of the use of drama in education and ultimately promote drama pedagogy in Chinese language education.

 

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Creative Writing (Secondary School): Our E-learning Way!
Author: Dr. Tan Chee Lay, Mdm. Teoh Hee San, Ms. Puah Lynn Dee

Based on theories of creative thinking, the 8 lesson plans in this toolkit provide different creative strategies (including association, imagination, sensory experience, creative titling, rewriting, role-playing, relay writing, and time/space-travel) to help students think out of the box and enhance their creative writing ability through collaborative learning. All the lesson plans have been experimented in schools with satisfactory results.

Apart from lesson plans, the toolkit consists of PowerPoint presentations, an article on the theoretical framework of the toolkit, scholarly papers and other materials, aiming to better provide support for teachers who wish to use ICT in the teaching of creative writing.

Complementing the toolkit is an online writing portal "iWrite" (iwrite.sg) which was constructed for teachers and students to write interactively inside and outside the classroom. The integration of tablet PC in the designed lesson plans has also made “seamless learning” in creative writing possible.

 

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Situational Exploratory Project Work
Editor: Dr. Chin Chee Kuen

Author: Mdm. Gong Cheng, Mdm. Tay Boon Pei

Developed by Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, the “Situational Exploratory Project Work” teaching toolkit is designed for Secondary 1 to 2 Chinese language teachers. As the product of a collaborative school-based research by SCCL and Hua Yi Secondary School, this toolkit provides teachers with useful supplementary teaching materials and can be used for a school-based curriculum.

By completing the self-exploratory tasks required in different project works in the toolkit, students will be able to practice and learn Chinese language in real-life scenarios. The toolkit comprises six projects and additional materials, such as an essay on the theoretical framework, reading texts and lesson plans.

 

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From Reading to Writing
Author: Mr. Ang Swee Choon, Mdm. Kwek Siew Hoon, Mr. Mao Zhaohui

Infusing a set of theories and strategies from the fields of educational psychology and language pedagogy, this package aims to help secondary school students find fun in writing by providing teachers with effective writing teaching strategies that focus on the development of students’ reading and thinking skills.

The design concepts and theoretical framework of the toolkit is elaborated in the first chapter. The purpose is to help teachers better understand the theories behind the approach adopted.

The second chapter provides instructions on the teaching of three writing strategies. A fundamental analytic skill, the “PEEL reading and writing strategy”, is effective in helping students understand the structure of a paragraph and identify the different types of sentences within it. The second strategy, “writing based on critical thinking”, aims at stimulating students’ critical thinking through reading, which will eventually enable students to generate more ideas and contents for their compositions. Finally, the third strategy, “reading for imitative writing and ‘sequel’ writing”, focuses on improving the structure and organization of students’ writing.

13 lesson plans, 13 PowerPoint slideshows, 12 text structures worksheets and 2 dissertations are included in the third chapter the CD for reference.

When students are equipped with better writing techniques, given more training for their reading and thinking skills, they will be able to generate more contents and become better in structuring their essays. In this way, they will definitely find writing easier and more enjoyable.

 

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Drama is the Laboratory of Learning Chinese as a Second Language
Author: Dr. Chou Shiao-Yuh

Developed by the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language, the “Drama is the Laboratory of Learning Chinese as a Second Language” teaching toolkit is designed for use in the teaching of Chinese language at all levels in secondary schools.

The toolkit comprises two parts: the written part and the demonstrative videos. The written part begins with an introduction to the theories of drama in education and their application process. It continues with an exploration of how drama can be integrated in the teaching and learning of Chinese. Eight commonly used drama conventions are introduced. The introductions, together with the lesson plans, give the teachers a basic idea of how the drama conventions can be applied in the Chinese classroom. Samples of students’ compositions are appended.

13 lesson plans, 13 PowerPoint slideshows, 12 text structures worksheets and 2 dissertations are included in the third chapter the CD for reference.

The video section comprises interviews of participating teachers and students and videos demonstrating how the drama conventions are used in the classroom.

The written explanations together with the demonstrative videos in the toolkit aim to help the teachers acquire a basic understanding and actual experience of how drama can be integrated in Chinese language teaching. Ultimately, the toolkit aims to correct teachers’ misconceptions of ‘applying drama’ in education and ultimately promote the use of ‘drama as pedagogy’ in Chinese language education.