Schools get children talking the Stellar way
Role play helps to hone pupils' ability to speak clearly and confidently
Published on Mar 31, 2014 8:12 AM
Four pupils sit facing their classmates, their lips tightly pursed, looking ready and certain of what is to come.
"How did you feel when you met your long-lost daughter?" "Who did you decide to stay with in the end: your foster or birth parents?" Questions poured forth.
The Primary 6 pupils from Punggol Primary were having a mock press conference, with some posing as reporters and others as characters in a story about Sallamah, a Chinese girl adopted by a Malay family.
"Sometimes I got stuck but I used my imagination to answer questions, based on how I thought the character would feel," said Nivrithi Ganesh, 12, who played Sallamah.
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"I pick up interesting phrases as I read and use them in my compositions."
- Da Qiao Primary pupil Celyna Teo, 11, said she has learnt to read the news through a weekly 30-minute segment where everyone presents newspaper articles
COURAGE TO TALK
"I used to be very shy in lower primary, especially during show-and-tell when everyone was looking at me. But presenting in front of my class helps me to be brave. I can now talk to people I'm not familiar with like some relatives."
- Punggol Primary pupil Lim Jin Kai
KNOWING HOW TO SAY IT
"We're looking at a new economy in Singapore, where communication skills - the ability to express what you know - are really important."
- Dr Elizabeth Pang, MOE's programme director for literacy development
"We're testing pupils on their ability to speak off the cuff and think on their feet, which are critical life skills."
- Madam Shakila Jamal Mohamed, 45, an English teacher at Da Qiao Primary