Language Immersion Through Play-based Learning
Format: Workshop

Dr Connie Lum (林美莲博士)
NTUC First Campus Co-operative Ltd
Dr Connie Lum is currently the Group Mother Tongue Languages Officer of NTUC First Campus in Singapore. She has worked in the field of early childhood education for over 20 years and holds a doctorate in education. She works closely with school principals and teachers in delivering the Chinese curriculum and programmes to children through her involvement in curriculum writing, teacher training, evaluation of children’s learning environment and the continual review of curriculum tools and techniques. She is a member of the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning, Pre-school Chinese Language Education Support Group.

With the increasing trend of Singaporeans using English as their home language, the teaching of Mother Tongue Languages has become more challenging. The learning that takes place between the ages of three to six is critical, as it has a long-term impact on children’s intellectual and linguistic development. In this session, the speaker will explain how play-based learning can be used in both classrooms and at home to support pre-school children’s development in oracy skills. The speaker will also demonstrate key steps in setting up a conducive learning environment and utilising teaching aids and a story stage to make Mother Tongue Language learning fun for children.