FORMATION OF THE COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING (CPCLL) AND ITS WORKING GROUPS

1.         Chinese Language Curriculum and Pedagogy Review Committee, (CLCPRC) chaired by Mr Wee Heng Tin, former Director-General of Education was set up in February 2004 to articulate the objectives and target groups of the various CL syllabuses, and to review the structure, curriculum content, pedagogy and assessment methods used in CL teaching and learning today. 

 

2.                  The CLCPRC has recommended a Chinese Language (CL) curriculum designed to enthuse all CL students and develop in them an abiding interest in the Chinese language and culture.  In addition, the CLCPRC had proposed that MOE set up a committee to garner the support of the community for these recommendations, and to facilitate a continuing process of collaboration between our schools, community organisations and the media.

 

3.                  The Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL) was therefore set up in January 2005 to garner support for the recommendations of the CLCPRC and to create a conducive environment for promoting the use of CL beyond the schools.

 

4.                  It aims to mobilise the community in organising activities to support the teaching and learning of CL, with the emphasis on the production and import of interesting reading materials and quality media programmes as well as organising events that complement the activities of schools, clusters and Centres of Excellence.

 

5.                  The committee is led by Minister of State (Education) Chan Soo Sen and comprises Members of Parliament, representatives from MOE, tertiary education institutes, Chinese Community Organisations, the media, publishers and other professional bodies. The composition of the CPCLL is in Annex A.

 

6.                  Based on the key recommendations proposed by the CLCPRC, 5 working groups are set up to address 5 specific areas:

 

(a)                     Pre-school CL education;

(b)                     Reading and Reading Materials;

(c)                     Writing Programmes;

(d)                     Media and Programme; and

(e)                     Educational Exchange Programmes.

7.                  Each working group comprises of a group leader, core members from the CPCLL main committee and other working members.

 

8.                  Working Group (a), chaired by Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, MP for Aljunied GRC, focuses on the support for CL education in pre-schools. The working group will provide support in enhancing the learning of Chinese Language in pre-schools, so as to make CL learning fun and enriching for our children, while ensuring that the pre-school curriculum is closely aligned with the primary CL curriculum at the same time. In addition to promoting the teaching and learning of CL to the community at large (e.g. parents and public), the working group will also work closely with MOE, community organisations, media, etc, in communicating the key features of the pre-school CL curriculum guidelines to the community at large. It will also encourage community organisations and service providers (includes publishers, enrichment centres, media, etc) to develop interesting activities, programmes and materials that would support parents and the home environment to imbue children with enthusiasm towards CL learning. The composition of Working Group A is in Annex B.

 

9.                  Working Group (b), chaired by Mr Gan Kim Yong, MP for Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC, focuses on reading and reading materials. The group will seek to promote reading among the youth in the community so as to support the learning of CL in schools and to produce suitable reading materials and CL children literature work to enhance the reading activities. The working group will also assist schools to set up reading clubs and to coordinate the CL Reading Programme and related activities with National Library Board (NLB), Media, Publishers and CL Literature Clubs etc., so as to create a conducive reading environment to support the CL learning in school. For a start, the working group will work with the Singapore Chinese Publishers� Association to produce suitable print reading materials for primary schools. Xinzhi Reading club will work with SCTU to assist schools to set up reading clubs and to conduct training for CL teachers. Master Teacher Mr Chye Cheer Lim will work with SCTU and MOE to improve the reading programme in schools. The composition of Working Group B is in Annex C.

 

10.              Working Group (c), chaired by Mrs Ho Woon Ho, Principal of Nanyang Junior College, focuses on the promotion of writing programmes. It aims to promote and create opportunities for continuous interests in writing among students of different levels as well as adults. The working group will work closely with various organisations and schools to create more avenues for expression in CL through activities or competitions such as CL song writing competitions, using SMS to write short poem competitions and writing via online platform etc. and publications of pupils� literary works and to provide resources for and assistance to schools in promoting writing programmes. The activities in the pipeline include talks by writers in schools and writing camps. Competitions include the Multimedia Project Competition in CL organised by Nanyang Junior College in April 05 and the National CL Song Writing Competition organised by St. Andrew�s Junior College scheduled in August 05. The composition of Working Group C is in Annex D.

 

11.              Working Group (d), chaired by Mdm Chua Foo Yong, CEO of MediaCorp TV, focuses on media and programme. The working group will seek to deliver and promote effectively the �Learning of Chinese� messages through the mass media, to harness each media�s uniqueness in approach and delivery to raise interest towards the learning of Chinese Language, to utilise the full potential of each medium in the conduct of promotional activities for the CPCLL and to encourage each medium to promote the language via its news reporting, publication and programming. The working group will look into producing or importing quality and authentic Chinese children�s programmes, especially animations, instead of the translated versions. It will also work closely with MediaCorp in exploring all possibilities of incorporating CL subtitles to CL programmes and collaborating with the other working groups in organising activities and competitions that involve wider community. In addition, TV, Radio and Print (newspapers, periodicals) will work hand in hand to make the learning of CL a fun process for all. We will look into the possibility of celebrities� involvement and appointing them as �ambassadors� for CL learning. The composition of Working Group D is in Annex E.

 

12.              Working Group (e), chaired by Mr Hee Theng Fong, Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, focuses on educational exchange programmes in the local context as well as exchanges between schools in Singapore and other countries. The working group aims to organise and coordinate educational exchanges between local and foreign Chinese students, establish links between local and foreign schools, provide assistance to schools on overseas educational exchange programmes; and to establish a working model for overseas immersion programmes and study trips. The working group will recommend suitable models for the educational exchange programmes. Currently, we are exploring three models, namely two-way overseas immersion or exchange programmes between Singapore students and students from PRC China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, virtual cultural exchange through IT media (email, ICQ, MSN messenger etc) and post mail and cultural exchange between local students and students from PRC China, Hong Kong and Taiwan residing in Singapore. The composition of Working Group E is in Annex F.

 

 

 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

 

              16 Feb 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex A

 

 

COMPOSITION OF THE COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE

CHINESE LANGUAGE LEARNING (CPCLL)

 

 

CHAIRMAN

 

Mr Chan Soo Sen

Minister of State (Education)

 

MEMBERS

 

Mr Gan Kim Yong

Member of Parliament, Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC

 

Mr Yeo Guat Kwang

Member of Parliament, Aljunied GRC

 

Mr Yue Lip Sin

Deputy Director, Languages and Literature, Curriculum Planning and Development Division

 

Dr Ho Soo Guang

CL Co-ordinator, Pre-school Unit, Education Programme Division

 

Mrs Ho Woon Ho

Principal, Nanyang Junior College

 

Mr Ong Kock Hua

Principal, Jurongville Secondary School

 

Mr Ng Teng Joo

Principal, Henry Park Primary School

 

Mr Tan Choon Kheng

Principal, Tao Nan School

 

Mr Chye Cheer Lim

Master Teacher/Chinese Language

 

Assoc Prof Lee Cheuk Yin

Head, Department of Chinese Studies, NUS

 

Asst Prof Koh Hock Kiat

Asian Languages and Culture, Nanyang Technological University

 

Mr Hee Theng Fong

Council member, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

Mr Lim Fang Chee

Chairman of Cultural Committee, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

Mr Lee Peng Shu

Deputy Secretary General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association

 

Mr Lim Jim Koon

Chief Editor, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Press Holdings

 

Mr Yeow Kai Chai

Deputy Editor, Life! & Lifestyle, The Straits Times

 

Mdm Chua Foo Yong

Chief Executive Officer, MediaCorp TV

 

Ms Veron Yeo

Assistant General Manager (Chinese Programming), MediaCorp Radio

 

Dr Wee Chow Hou

Chairman, Promote Mandarin Council

 

Mr Lee Ngian Kai

President, Singapore Chinese Teachers Union

 

Mr Tan Ik Ching

President, Singapore Middle School Chinese Teachers� Association

 

Mr Yap Koon Chan

President, Singapore Literature Society

 

Mr Chia Hwee Pheng

President, Singapore Association of Writers

 

Mrs Kiang-Koh Lai Lin

Deputy Director, Service Innovation and Development, National Library Board

 

Mdm Lee Chaw Eng

Xin Zhi Reading Club

 

Mdm Lim Geok Ling

President, Singapore Chinese Publisher�s Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex B

 

 

COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP

(PRE-SCHOOL CL EDUCATION)

 

 

GROUP LEADER

 

Mr Yeo Guat Kwang
Member of Parliament, Aljunied GRC

 

MEMBERS

 

Mr Tan Choon Kheng 

Principal, Tao Nan School

           

Dr Ho Soo Guang      

CL Coordinator, Pre-school Unit, Education Programmes Division, MOE

 

Ms Tan Ah Hong        

Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures, National Institute of Education

 

Ms Ho Yin Fong

Assistant General Manager (Curriculum and Professional Leadership),

NTUC Childcare

 

Ms Ruth Low

Acting Chief Executive, PAP Community Foundation Headquarters

 

Mdm Li Li        

Senior Teacher, Creative O Preschoolers� Bay

 

Ms Kathleen Chan     

Part-time Lecturer, Regional Training and Resource Centre � Asia

           

Mdm Lim Geok Leng

President, Singapore Chinese Publishers� Association

 

Mr Peh Chong Teck   

Curriculum Planning Officer, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, MOE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex C

 

COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP

(READING AND READING MATERIALS)

 

 

GROUP LEADER

 

Mr Gan Kim Yong

Member of Parliament, Holland-Bukit Panjang GRC

 

MEMBERS

 

Mr Ng Teng Joo

Principal, Henry Park Primary School

 

Mr Lee Ngian Kai

President, Singapore Chinese Teachers� Union

         

Mdm Lim Geok Leng

President, Singapore Chinese Publishers� Association                 

         

Mr Chye Cheer Lim

Master Teacher/Chinese Language

 

Mdm Lee Chaw Eng

Xin Zhi Reading Club

         

Mrs Kiang-Koh Lai Lin

Deputy Director, Service Innovation and Development/National Library Board

         

Ms Ng Puay Eng

Associate Fukan Editor, Lianhe Zaobao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex D

 

COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP

(WRITING PROGRAMMES)

 

GROUP LEADER

 

Mrs Ho Woon Ho
Principal,
Nanyang Junior College

 

MEMBERS

 

Mr Ong Kock Hua

Principal, Jurongville Secondary School

 

Assoc Prof Lee Cheuk Yin     

Head of Department of Chinese Studies, NUS

 

Asst Prof Koh Hock Kiat        

Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Culture, NIE/NTU

 

Mr Chan Yen Teng     

2004/05 Vice-chairperson for Working Group, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association

 

Mr Tan Ik Ching          

President, Singapore Middle School Chinese Teachers� Association

 

Mr Chia Hwee Pheng 

President, Singapore Association of Writers

 

Ms Teoh Hee La

Correspondent, Fukan Desk, Lianhe Zaobao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex E

 

 

COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP

(MEDIA AND PROGRAMME)

 

 

GROUP LEADER

 

Mdm Chua Foo Yong

Chief Executive Officer, MediaCorp TV

 

MEMBERS

 

Ms Veron Yeo 

Assistant General Manager (Chinese Programming), MediaCorp Radio

 

Mr Yeow Kai Chai      

Deputy Editor, Life! & Lifestyles, The Straits Times/Singapore Press Holdings

 

Mr Lim Fang Chee     

Chairman, Cultural Committee, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

Mr Chua Chim Kang

Associate Local News Editor, Zaobao/Singapore Press Holdings

 

Ms Ho Soo Fung

Channel Vice President, Network Programming & Promotions (Chinese Broadcast), MediaCorp TV

 

Ms Tan Hwee Ping

Principal, Zhong Hua Secondary School

 

Mrs Cheng Huey Teng

Principal, Ngee Ann Primary School

 

Miss Ek Soo Ben

Principal, River Valley High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annex F

 

COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP

(EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMMES)

 

GROUP LEADER

Mr Hee Theng Fong
Council
Member, Singapore Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 

DEPUTY LEADER

 

Mr Lee Peng Shu

Deputy-Secretary General, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Association

 

MEMBERS

Mr Yap Koon Chan

President, Singapore Literature Society

 

Mr Chua Chor Huat

Principal, Ngee Ann Secondary School

 

Mdm Ong Ai Sian

Vice-Principle, Red Swastika School

 

Mr Ng Buck Chwee

HOD, MTL, Tampines Secondary School

 

Mdm Ng Tai Cheen

HOD, MTL, Anglo-Chinese Junior School

 

Ms Yap Wah Choo

Supt/E5, Schools Division

 

Ms Poon Sing Wah

Senior Correspondent, Lianhe Zaobao