5What we want … All children should enjoy learning English, develop good language skills,be effective communicators andlifelong learners.
6WHAT is changing for the better? New Ways to Teach&New Ways to Learn
7EL Syllabus 2010 Rich Language For All Emphasis on Strengthening the foundation of language learningEnriching the EL curriculum in our schools
8Strategies for English Language Learning and Reading STELLARStrategies for English Language Learning and ReadingAims to move EL learners towards independence using authentic texts and learning activities that motivate and engage different learners
10What is a LOWER primary STELLAR lesson like? 1.Shared Reading Experiences2. Shared WritingExperiences3. Language Use Activities in Learning CentresChildren read a storybook with the teacher and engage in discussion with teacher and peers.The teacher prepares mini-lessons based on specific needs of children to prepare them for reading & writing activities, e.g. grammar, vocabulary, word recognition, decoding skills & spelling.The teacher models writing using children’s language. Children engage in writing together and writing independently.
11What we are doing in RVPS Opportunities for cooperative learningEmphasis on independence in listening, reading and viewing as well as speaking, presenting and writing
12What we are doing in RVPS Shared Book Approach (SBA)SBA an integrated and balanced language teaching approachUses motivating and enjoyable “big books” of enlarged print and illustrations
13What we are doing in RVPS The goals of the SBA :Provide an enjoyable experience with books for all of the children.Encourage pupils to try out the language in non-threatening situations.Teach and reinforce word identification skills, vocabulary and language structures as specified in the MOE English syllabus.
14What we are doing in RVPS The goals of the SBA :Provide additional experiences with the text for those pupils who do not learn as quickly as the others.Provide opportunities for those children who are ready to read the stories independentlyin pairs, individually, or in small groups.
15What we are doing in RVPS Modified Language Experience Approach (MLEA)An integrated and balanced language teaching approachUses motivating and enjoyable experiencesExtend and expand on the language skills learned from the Big Books of SBA.
16What we are doing in RVPS The goals of the MLEA :to provide enjoyable and motivating shared experiences that can bethought abouttalked aboutwritten aboutread and reread
17What we are doing in RVPS The goals of the MLEA :Shared experiences to generate oral communicationReinforce word identification skills, vocabulary and language structures taught in the SBA lessonsEncourage pupils in their acquisition of writing skillsScaffolding through Class and Group writing
18Making the Transition From Lower to Upper Primary P1 - 3a P3b, 4-6 Learning to Read Reading to LearnShared Reading Silent ReadingBig Books Range of Text Types
20What we are doing in RVPS Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)Supported Reading (SR)Know - Want to know - Learnt (KWL)Retelling (RT)Language Activities and Sentence ManipulationSpeakingWriting Process Cycle (WPC)Differentiated Instruction (DI)
21How parents can support and enrich your child’s learning Read with your childListen to what your child saysRespond to your child’s questions and ideasWrite with your child
22Reading - activities Let your child see you reading both for pleasure and for informationSet aside a quiet place in your home for you and your child to read without distractionsRead aloud your child's (and your own) favourite storiesKeep these reading sessions fun and do not "test" your child with too many questions
23Reading - activitiesEncourage your child to retell familiar stories in his/her own wordsRead aloud new stories and encourage your child to talk about the characters or what they think might happen nextWhen the book becomes familiar, encourage your child to read it aloud to youVisit the library frequently
24Listening and Speaking - activities Listen to your childYour response to your child’s questions and ideas will get him thinkingBefore reading a new book, talk about the covers and the title page and ask what it might be about.Boost your child’s confidence in expressing himself
25Writing - activities Model writing to your child Short notes, reflections, personal responsesEncourage self-expression
26"Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules, and does not require tedious drill." Stephen Krashen
27As parents ……Create a home environment that constantly offers opportunities for learningPlay games that bring out the beauty and fun aspects of the languageReading together of newspapers, Little Red Dot (LRD), discuss interesting articles with your child to keep abreast of current affairs, reflect and write short personal responses
28Online Learning Resources 1)2)STrategies for English Language Learning and Reading (STELLAR) Resources for ParentsIphone app to improve your English3)4)Recommended list of books and audio/visual materials for your child (NLB)
29Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the learning experience together with your child…… Thank you !