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Dr. Aw Guat Poh
A/P Aw Guat Poh is a leading expert in the teaching and learning of Chinese Language in Singapore. She has engaged in education and research for the teaching and learning of Chinese Language for many years and has a wealth of experience in teaching and research. She cares deeply about the nurturing of bilingual skills in young children and is committed to support MOE in curriculum development and guide teachers in developing innovative teaching methods that keep pace with the latest trends. She is also actively involved in helping parents to support children's learning of bilingualism.
How Parents and Grandparents Can Help Their Children Attain Bilingualism
Bilingual education was introduced in Singapore more than 50 year ago during the first days of independence. With the support of first- and second-generation parents, Singapore has successfully become a country where 73.5% of the population is bilingual. Today, third-generation parents face different challenges in terms of supporting bilingual learning in children. Based on research and teaching experience, this talk will cover the following topics:
1. How do children cope with learning to be effective bilinguals?
2. In a social context where English has become the dominant
language, what are the challenges children face while learning Chinese?
3. What advantages and disadvantages do young parents have in supporting their children in bilingual learning?
4. How can parents and grandparents effectively support children in the learning of Chinese?