MAKING NEWS: TEACH ALL ABOUT IT!
Teachers conference on "Newspapers for an Integrated Curriculum"
Singapore, 1 February 2005 A newspaper report about how a plucky
10-year-old girl saved more than 100 people from being swept away by
tidal waves on Boxing Day because she remembered what she had learnt
geography lessons, taught readers the warning signs of tsunamis and
basic principles of currents.
Informative newspaper stories such as this can be used in teaching
skills or incorporated into almost any teaching curriculum, from science
To encourage more teachers to use newspapers as an effective instructional
tool, the Press Foundation of Singapore (PFS) and the English Language
Literature Teachers Association of Singapore (ELLTAS) are joining forces
present a one-day conference on Making News: Teach All About It!
Newspapers for an Integrated Curriculum, on 16 March 2005, at
This hands-on and interactive conference, from 9 am to 5.30 pm, will
education experts and journalists to share their views and tips on the
usefulness of newspapers in engaging students.
Specially designed for teachers of English and Literature, Mother Tongue
subjects, Sciences and Humanities, in primary, secondary and junior
levels, the conference aims to attract up to 400 participants.
Mrs Sng Ngoi May, General Manager of Press Foundation of Singapore,
said:The daily newspaper is a valuable source for all types of information,
which young people tend to overlook these days. Newspaper circulation
trends have shown that the young, the next generation of likely readers,
are failing to develop a newspaper reading habit.
"There are many good reasons to use newspapers in the classroom.
versatile, inexpensive, and contains something for every student: Science
as it happens, editorials on current topics, entertainment highlights,
math problems, classified ads, news, sports, weather, comics and so
"Newspapers are current, relevant and bridge the gap between the
and the real world. They are living textbooks and write history as it
unfolds, while creating interest in current events. When used to supplement
the classroom curriculum, they can assist teachers to transcend learning
from beyond the classroom to the community in which students live, and
positively influence students' motivation, attitude, academic skills
Concurring, Dr Phyllis Chew, President of the English Language and
Literature Teachers Association of Singapore, said: Newspapers
eyes and ears of the world and educationists cannot afford to ignore
fact. The integrated curriculum cannot afford to neglect the impact
media. That is why education has to get out of the classroom and into
The conference will have two plenary sessions. The first, Connecting
Classroom With the World Through Newspapers, will focus on how newspapers
can be used as a living textbook to help students make connections
the real world and the communities in which they live.
The panel speakers for this session are:
- Ms Bertha Henson, Supervising Editor (Home), The Straits Times
- Ms Lee Kuan Fung, Editor of student supplement Popcorn, Lianhe
- Mr Mohd Zulkifli Rahmat, Deputy Editor, Berita Harian
- Mr Noor Mohd Abdul Aziz, Deputy Edito, Tamil Murasu
This plenary session will be chaired by Associate Professor Kirpal
English Literature, School of Economics and Social Sciences from the
Singapore Management University.
Well-known Singapore author, Catherine Lim, who will deliver the second
plenary session, The Sheherazade Impulse: Drawing Inspiration From
Newspapers, said: Ill take on the Sheherazade role of the
crafty story-teller and regale them with one tale after another, many
inspired, directly or indirectly, by the newspaper.
Ms Lim, who has written articles on sociolinguistics and the problematics
of writing fiction in Singaporean English, was a lecturer at the Regional
Language Centre (RELC) before becoming a full-time writer. She has authored
various collections of short stories and several novels, including The
Bondmaid, The Serpents Tooth and Following the Wrong God Home.
Apart from the plenary sessions, there are 16 workshops on the use
newspapers in specific subject areas. For example, there will be workshops
on how to engage students through the use of English and vernacular
newspapers, how the electronic media can enhance or limit gifted learners,
and the use of information technology to make newspaper and storybook
reading come alive. Workshops using the Malay and Chinese mother tongues
will also be conducted.
Brief synopses of the 16 workshops and biodatas of the speakers are
This is the second conference for teachers sponsored by the Press
Foundation of Singapore, a charity organisation which was set up in
2003 with an initial $20 million contribution from Singapore Press
Holdings. Its core objective is to help build a lifelong learning society.
The conference fees are at a subsidised rate of $120 for early bird
registrations by 28 February 2005 and $140 for registrations after 28
February. Registrations close on 8 March 2005. The registration fee
includes resource materials, lunch and tea. All registrants will also
receive a Handy Resource Kit and a special conference edition magazine
published by ELLTAS.
To register, please contact Ms Tammy Chua at Tel: 6338 2321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.elltas.org/conference.
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For more information and one-on-one interviews with conference/workshop
speakers, please contact:
Ms Juliana Chong
Press Foundation of Singapore Limited
Tel: 6319 1895
Dr Phyllis Chew
English Language and Literature Teachers Association (Singapore)
Tel: 6790 3468
Ms Lena Loh
Tel: 6338 2321 Fax: 6339 1372
Mobile: 9875 2991
About the Press Foundation of Singapore
The Press Foundation of Singapore, a registered charity and an Institution
of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong
learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity,
diversity, healthy living and sports. The first contribution of $20
to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.
more information about the Foundation, please visit its website at
About the English Language & Literature Teachers Association (Singapore)
ELLTA(S) aims to provide language teachers with networking opportunities,
not just with individuals, but with schools, tertiary colleges and
publishers. They seek always to publicise good teaching practices and
current research findings and provide opportunities for members to exchange
views and to engage in professional dialogue. For more information about
ELLTA(S), please visit its website at http://www.elltas.org.
||Start of Conference / Welcome Note / Opening Address
Connecting the Classroom with the World Through Newspapers
|| Distinguished Keynote:
The Sheherazade Impulse - Drawing Inspiration from the Newspapers
||Workshop Series II
||End of Conference
Workshop 1: Engaging Learners Critically through English Language and
An engaging and fun-filled workshop on the use of English and vernacular
papers to enliven language classrooms. Teachers will discover new ways
using the newspaper to equip students with the literacy skills required
the English Language Syllabus. Parents will find out how the newspaper
be a valuable resource link to their childrens world of experiences
ideas and help create and sustain interesting communication lines.
Dr Maha Sripathy, currently with the National Institute of Education,
experienced teacher educator who has worked with parents and teachers
Singapore and Australia in the area of literacy. She is regularly invited
by schools to conduct critical and remedial reading and immersion writing
workshops for teachers and to share creative ideas for nurturing thinking
individuals. She is also known for her practical parent education
workshops for schools and private organisations.
Workshop 2: Developing a Vocabulary for Composition Writing
Learn how to use newspaper stories to help pupils develop an extensive
vocabulary for writing school compositions. This is suitable for upper
primary and lower secondary teachers. There will be opportunities to
with newspaper stories and to develop examples for use in the classroom.
Dr Cheah Yin Mee is a consultant in English language and teacher education.
She has over 25 years teaching experience and obtained her post graduate
qualifications from Stanford University and the University of California
Workshop 3: Reconstruct and Integrate!
A specially designed workshop to introduce strategies of integrated
for language learning through a unique combination of dictogloss and
cooperative learning techniques. Through hands-on activities, teachers
will make use of newspaper articles and other print media to develop
teaching strategies which can be used to help students have a range
different learning styles in language acquisition.
Dr Anula Samuel has been actively involved in education for the past
years in teaching, teacher-training and school administration. She has
acquired a range of experience and understanding of the needs for effective
teaching and learning techniques in different societies, mainly Singapore,
Macau, Hong Kong and Indonesia. She incorporates counselling strategies
and coping skills in her training programmes for teachers and students
develop strong and positive attitudes.
Workshop 4: Creative Writing through the Visual Arts
This interactive, interdisciplinary workshop will address different
creative ways, ideas, techniques and possibilities to employ the art
columns and art reviews in the newspapers and art magazines as stimulators
in students' creative writing, and how to link certain genres in the
arts with written genres, including poetry, narratives, short stories
Dr Batia P. Horsky is an art historian and an educator. She is a faculty
member of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has taught at the
Academy of Fine Arts, the Nanyang Technological University as well as
Singapore Ministry of Education. Her research focuses on museum education,
management of arts programs, curriculum development and creativity.
Workshop 5: Guiding Gifted Learners: Reality and the Electronic Media
Gifted learners are well known to be avid readers. With the additional
millions of books at Stanford and Oxford universities, the New York
Library, and other libraries that Google intends to digitize, it will
exciting and confusing for the advanced learners to Google especially
conflicting evidence presents themselves. This workshop will discuss
various channels in which knowledge is obtained for a gifted learner
secondary school, and the means by which the reality may be discerned.
will also discuss if learning for advanced learners is enhanced or limited
by the electronic media.
Dr Teo Chua Tees areas of research include self-knowledge and
studies of gifted children; virtues development, creativity and wellness,
consultation and relationship studies; and teacher education. She has
trained teachers at the worlds largest school, City Montessori
India (1998), at the Unity in Diversity Foundation in Padang, Indonesia
(2002); and at the Santitham Witthayakhom School in Yasothon, Thailand
Workshop 6: Fact to Fiction: Creating Story Grammars from Newspaper
Newspaper articles reporting real life events embody structures that
adapted for teaching the writing of fiction. Participants will be made
aware of the key principles of these organisation features, then
collaborate to design strategies to create story grammars for writing
better narrative compositions in class or during examinations.
Shila C. Fernandez is a lecturer at the National Institute of Education,
and works with primary and secondary teacher trainees. She incorporates
experience as former HOD and journalist, and publisher in her tutorials
workshops. She is working on her doctorate thesis on critical thinking
skills in language arts education.
Workshop 7: Teaching Factual Writing through the News
Participants will be given a brief introduction to selected rhetorical
patterns commonly required in the classroom. They will exploit newspaper
articles for content, organisation and vocabulary. Utilising these
components as both a resource and a scaffold they will become aware
process by which students come to grips with the realities and complexities
of non-fiction writing.
Sandra Segeram is currently lecturing at the Singapore Institute of
Management (SIM) and working with various institutions conducting both
Academic and Business English courses in addition to writing and editing.
She has been active in the field of education for more than 25 years,
has spent the last one and a half decades working in the area of Genre
Analysis. Her primary focus is the use of rhetorical patterns/structures
in the language classroom.
Workshop 8: Merombak Kontrak Nikah? Analisis Teks Secara Kritis dan
Bengkel ini mengajak peserta menganalisis satu rencana tentang AIDS
Berita Harian secara yang kritis dan kreatif. Selain dari itu gerak-kerja
bagi meningkatkan kemahiran membaca dan menulis para pelajar akan dibincang
(Rephrasing the Marriage Contract? A Critical and Creative Analysis
Based on an article on AIDS and marriage from Berita Harian, participants
in this workshop, will experience the techniques of analysing a text
critically and creatively. From this exercise, methods on enhancing
reading and writing skills will be drawn and discussed.)
Profesor Madya Kamsiah Abdullah ialah Ketua Jabatan Bahasa dan Kebudayaan
Melayu, Kumpulan Akademik Bahasa-bahasa dan Kebudayaan Asia di Institut
Pendidikan Nasional Singapura. Beliau yang memperoleh ijazah Sarjana
Pendidikan dari Universiti Malaya dan Doktor Falsafah dalam Jabatan
Pendidikan Bandingan dan Antarabangsa dari Institut Pendidikan Universiti
London pada tahun 1994 telah menulis beberapa buku tentang bahasa dan
pendidikan Melayu dan kini giat membentang kertas kerja di dalam dan
(Professor Kamsiah Abdullah is currently Head of Malay Language and
Division of the Asian Languages and Cultures academic group of the National
Institute of Education, Singapore. She obtained her Master in Education
from the University of Malaya and was conferred a Ph.D. from the Department
of International and Comparative Education from the University of London
1994. She had published several books on language and education and
been actively involved in presenting papers on Malay language education
conferences at home and abroad.)
Workshop 9: Akhbar Penggalak Panca Kecerdasan
Penggunaan akhbar dalam pengajaran bahasa Melayu di peringkat sekolah
menengah. Bengkel ini juga menggalakkan penggunaan berfikir secara
kritikal dan kreatif bersandarkan pendekatan panca kecerdasan yang
mengutamakan kepelbagaian kemahiran pelajar.
(Press as a Catalyst to Enhancing Multiple Intelligences
The use of newspapers in the teaching of Malay Language at secondary
level. By applying the Multiple Intelligence approach, this workshop
to underscore the importance of creative and critical thinking in the
teaching and learning of the language.)
Saeda Buang bertugas sebagai pensyarah di Kumpulan Akademik Bahasa
Budaya Asia (Melayu), Institut Pendidikan Nasional, Universiti Teknologi
Nanyang. Pernah bertugas sebagai guru dan Ketua Jabatan di sekolah
menengah dan maktab rendah. Berkelulusan Sarjana dari Universiti Nasional
Singapura dan kini mengikuti kursus di peringkat Doktor Falsafah di
Universiti Teknologi Nanyang.
(Saeda Buang is Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group
(Malay), National Institute of Education. She has many years of teaching
experience at the secondary and pre-university levels. She received
from the National University of Singapore and is currently pursuing
Ph.D at the Nanyang Technological University.)
Workshop 10: 网上教学
(Independent Learning via Internet
This workshop will show how independent Chinese learning, referred to
ilearning, can take place via internet in secondary schools. Observe
of the Chinese ilearning packages and discuss questions in relation
张眉锁 (Zhang Meisuo)
(Zhang Meisuo has a MA in Applied Languages. Currently with Raffles
Institution, he has 20 years of teaching experience in China and
Workshop 11: 从素材到教材――报章新闻的阅读教学计划
(How to Turn Newspapers into Instructional Materials
After suitable re-developing, newspapers can be motivating and systematic
reading materials for students. This workshop aims to provide teachers
an idea of using newspapers as effective reading materials. They will
learn to identify, plan and prepare suitable materials for different
陈亚凤 (Tan Ah Hong)
(Tan Ah Hong is a veteran in the education field with more than 25 years
teaching experience. She is currently a teaching fellow at the Asian
Languages and Cultures Division, National Institute of Education. Prior
this, she was the HOD, Mother Tongue, at Greenview Secondary School
spent many years teaching at secondary school level. She was also involved
in developing instructional materials for primary school level at
Curriculum Development Institute of Singapore. She was the Senior Head
the Educational Technology Division. With her years of experience, she
believes that reading is key to developing language skills.)
Workshop 12: Making News Relevant to Education
This is a panel discussion on how to make newspapers relevant for
education. It focuses on how educators can use it as a teaching tool
sensitise learners in the use of language and context and raise awareness
of current affairs.
Distinguished scholars from the ASEAN region. The panel will comprise
distinguished representatives from the Malaysian English Language Teachers
Association (MELTAS); the Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT);
Thai Tesol; English Teachers ssociation Taiwan; and the Korean
Association (KOTESL); and last but not least, the China English Language
Workshop 13: Newspapers as an Historical Resource
History is constructed from available evidence. This workshop invites
teachers to explore the use of newspapers as historical evidence and
encourage the planning of lessons which allow students to do
session is suitable for teachers at the secondary level.
Chee Min Fui is a lecturer in the Humanities and Social Studies Education
Academic Group, National Institute of Education. She taught History
English in a secondary school. She is interested in the links between
English language development and the development of historical
understanding in students.
Workshop 14: Using Newspapers to Teach in the Classroom
A 10-year-old girl saved more than 100 lives during the tsunami disaster
Boxing Day because she applied what she had learnt in a geography lesson.
The newspaper report of her account taught us many things - some warning
signs of tsunamis, and some geographical principles of currents. In
addition, newspaper articles can be used to teach many things - from
science and mathematics to the style or writing effectively on any subject.
Hedwig Alfred is a science graduate from the University of Singapore
worked as a teacher in junior colleges and secondary schools before
The Straits Times as a reporter. She covered several beats in her years
the paper, specialising in education and schools. She was News Editor
The New Paper when she decided to go back to teaching, in an independent
school. After having two children, she stopped full-time work and now
combines her two careers by teaching journalism and editing educational
Workshop 15: E-Fiction or 'Faction': Making Reading Come Alive with
Newspapers and storybooks can be made to come alive for expressive reading & multiple ancillary activities with a computer. The computer's
can be used to enhance and not replace the process of enjoying a good
read of newspaper articles or fictional works. Workshop participants
be introduced to ways to make reading in the class a fun and multi-faceted
Janet George has been in the field of education for the past 25 years,
designing and conducting teaching and training programmes to meet a
range of professional and personal needs. She is a part-time lecturer
associate trainer in communication at tertiary institutions and training
organisations. Her research interests are effective communication,
multi-literacy and children's literature.
Workshop 16: Newsbash - Integrated Science Teaching with the Newspaper
Participants will gain an insight into how the newspaper can be harnessed
to develop an integrated lesson in a primary science classroom. Using
selection of newspaper texts, the session will model teaching a science
lesson and connecting it with other disciplines. Following the modeling,
participants will be given the opportunity to develop an integrated
using given newspaper articles.
Monica Sharma Menon is an experienced teacher at Stamford Primary with
keen interest in experimenting with novel ideas in her classroom. Her
lessons are aimed at capturing the interests of her learners and extending
their learning potential in a meaningful, practical and engaging manner.
Her research interests are in the area of supported learning, literacy
development and discourse analysis.