Improving Teachers’ Efficacy in Class Engagement Using Drama Strategies
Improving Teachers’ Efficacy in Class Engagement Using Drama Strategies

Understanding Dyslexia
Understanding Dyslexia

The Teachers & Parents track provides teachers, educators, and parents with the skills and knowledge to engage with children and young adults through stories and books. Look out for a special Teachers and Parents two day focus, from 6 - 7 September! 

Participate in sessions focused on developing early literacy, imparting a love for reading and books, and supporting language and literacy development from early childhood (ages 1 – 6) to primary levels (ages 7-12). 

An AFCC Festival Pass gives you full access to these sessions. Purchase 2-Day Pass (6-7 Sep)Purchase All Access Pass

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5 Sep 2019 (Thu)

9.00am - 10.30am
L16, The Pod Keynote

AFCC Launch & Keynote Address

Championing Diversity In A Volatile World

Featuring: Helen Wang, Sara Sargent, Mary George

To officially launch the 2019 Asian Festival of Children’s Content, join us for the opening session of AFCC where the keynote speakers will offer their take on the theme of this year’s festival, Diversity in a series of keynote addresses, followed by a round table discussion.

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Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 09:00AM 09/05/2019 10:30AM Asia/Singapore AFCC Launch & Keynote Address

To officially launch the 2019 Asian Festival of Children’s Content, join us for the opening session of AFCC where the keynote speakers will offer their take on the theme of this year’s festival, Diversity in a series of keynote addresses, followed by a round table discussion.

Details

L16, The Pod
10.45am - 11.45am
L5, Possibility Room Talk

Developing Empathy through Guiding Children to Write Their Own Books

Featuring: Claudine Fernandez

Learn tried-and tested methods of honing children’s empathetic imagination by guiding and mentoring them to self-publish books that are meaningful to them. This session will also include an interactive segment where participants will be able to experience first-hand some of the activities that the children undergo.

Add to Calendar 09/05/2019 10:45AM 09/05/2019 11:45AM Asia/Singapore Developing Empathy through Guiding Children to Write Their Own Books

Learn tried-and tested methods of honing children’s empathetic imagination by guiding and mentoring them to self-publish books that are meaningful to them. This session will also include an interactive segment where participants will be able to experience first-hand some of the activities that the children undergo.

L5, Possibility Room

6 Sep 2019 (Fri)

9.00am - 10.00am
L5, Possibility Room Talk

Expanding Multicultural Understanding Through Muslim Children’s and YA Books

Featuring: Sadaf Siddique

How can we counter Islamophobia through stories? Sadaf Siddique from KitaabWorld will share on a toolkit of books and programming ideas that will facilitate positive representations of Muslims and create a more inclusive environment.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 09:00AM 09/06/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Expanding Multicultural Understanding Through Muslim Children’s and YA Books

How can we counter Islamophobia through stories? Sadaf Siddique from KitaabWorld will share on a toolkit of books and programming ideas that will facilitate positive representations of Muslims and create a more inclusive environment.

L5, Possibility Room
10.00am - 11.00am
B1, Programme Zone Talk

Have Fun Engaging Children Through Story-sharing and Read-aloud Drama

Featuring: Su-Ann Mae Phillips

Transform stories into refreshingly fun, humorous, enjoyable, and engaging conversations through the use of read-aloud drama and story-sharing. Learn about these exciting ways to engage with children.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 10:00AM 09/06/2019 11:00AM Asia/Singapore Have Fun Engaging Children Through Story-sharing and Read-aloud Drama

Transform stories into refreshingly fun, humorous, enjoyable, and engaging conversations through the use of read-aloud drama and story-sharing. Learn about these exciting ways to engage with children.

B1, Programme Zone
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Talk

Unschooling in Early Childhood – Powered by Literature

Featuring: Krupa Vinayagamoorthy

Our speaker introduces the alternative learning concept of unschooling and discusses how literature could be used as a tool to fuel a child’s curiosity and learning.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 10:00AM 09/06/2019 11:00AM Asia/Singapore Unschooling in Early Childhood – Powered by Literature

Our speaker introduces the alternative learning concept of unschooling and discusses how literature could be used as a tool to fuel a child’s curiosity and learning.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
10.15am - 11.15am
L5, Possibility Room Talk

Irama & Buku: Merangsang Si Cilik Membaca Lewat Lagu

Rhythm and Books To Get the Little Ones Hooked

Featuring: Shahril Shaik Abdullah

Sesi ini berfokus kepada penggunaan lagu-lagu rakyat berserta buku kanak-kanak dalam usaha menyemai minat membaca dalam kalangan kanak-kanak dari kecil. Kemahiran literasi awal kanak-kanak boleh dibentuk melalui lima amalan literasi awal iaitu Bermain, Bernyanyi, Berbual, Membaca dan Menulis. Sesi ini juga akan berkongsi tentang penggunaan kreatif buku-buku bergambar serta lagu-lagu rakyat bersesuaian dengan tema-tema tertentu.

How do we instil the love of books and reading in toddlers aged 1-3? This session discusses the various ways in which children’s early development can be facilitated through songs, rhymes and stories.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Irama & Buku: Merangsang Si Cilik Membaca Lewat Lagu

Sesi ini berfokus kepada penggunaan lagu-lagu rakyat berserta buku kanak-kanak dalam usaha menyemai minat membaca dalam kalangan kanak-kanak dari kecil. Kemahiran literasi awal kanak-kanak boleh dibentuk melalui lima amalan literasi awal iaitu Bermain, Bernyanyi, Berbual, Membaca dan Menulis. Sesi ini juga akan berkongsi tentang penggunaan kreatif buku-buku bergambar serta lagu-lagu rakyat bersesuaian dengan tema-tema tertentu.

How do we instil the love of books and reading in toddlers aged 1-3? This session discusses the various ways in which children’s early development can be facilitated through songs, rhymes and stories.

L5, Possibility Room
11.15am - 12.45am
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Workshop

Using Stories and Storytelling in and Beyond Language Teaching

Featuring: Soe Marlar Lwin

Storytelling can be an effective educative, interpretative and meaning-making tool. Despite their prevalence, the richness of stories and storytelling still seems to be under-utilised to help children in their learning. This workshop aims to provide teachers and parents with some strategies in using stories and storytelling to help children in their language learning, as well as learning of different curriculum subjects and developing cross-cultural awareness.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 11:15AM 09/06/2019 12:45PM Asia/Singapore Using Stories and Storytelling in and Beyond Language Teaching

Storytelling can be an effective educative, interpretative and meaning-making tool. Despite their prevalence, the richness of stories and storytelling still seems to be under-utilised to help children in their learning. This workshop aims to provide teachers and parents with some strategies in using stories and storytelling to help children in their language learning, as well as learning of different curriculum subjects and developing cross-cultural awareness.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
11.30am - 12.30pm
L5, Possibility Room Talk

Screen-Free Adventures: Crafting Purposeful Play Anywhere!

Featuring: Muhammad bin Kamit

Learning adventures can happen anywhere and anytime! Learn from the speaker, an experiential learning advocate and play-crafter, as he shares how to create purposeful play in the every day and highlights the benefits and basics of bringing books to life in the outdoors.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 11:30AM 09/06/2019 12:30PM Asia/Singapore Screen-Free Adventures: Crafting Purposeful Play Anywhere!

Learning adventures can happen anywhere and anytime! Learn from the speaker, an experiential learning advocate and play-crafter, as he shares how to create purposeful play in the every day and highlights the benefits and basics of bringing books to life in the outdoors.

L5, Possibility Room
1.30pm - 2.30pm
L16, The Pod Talk

Learn by Creating

Featuring: Moses Sia

The process of creating presents a rich learning experience. Learn how today’s technology enables us to include more creating into learning.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Learn by Creating

The process of creating presents a rich learning experience. Learn how today’s technology enables us to include more creating into learning.

L16, The Pod
L5, Imagination Room Panel

How Museums Use Literature As Learning Aids

Featuring: Maria Mahat, Sofia Santiago, Yam Yi Fan Evania

Museums have always served as dedicated spaces for learning, and are rich depositories where children can go to learn about culture and art. Learn how museums in the Philippines and Singapore have utilised children’s literature and incorporated them as learning aids into their exhibitions.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore How Museums Use Literature As Learning Aids

Museums have always served as dedicated spaces for learning, and are rich depositories where children can go to learn about culture and art. Learn how museums in the Philippines and Singapore have utilised children’s literature and incorporated them as learning aids into their exhibitions.

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Talk

Drama in the Early Childhood Classroom: It’s More Than Child’s Play!

Featuring: Elaine Ng

Educators who work with young children are often aware of their needs to make sense of the world, of themselves, and of others. In this workshop, you can explore the use of drama in an early childhood classroom and learn how best to harness the power of drama to develop children’s critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Drama in the Early Childhood Classroom: It’s More Than Child’s Play!

Educators who work with young children are often aware of their needs to make sense of the world, of themselves, and of others. In this workshop, you can explore the use of drama in an early childhood classroom and learn how best to harness the power of drama to develop children’s critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
2.45pm - 3.45pm
L5, Imagination Room Talk

How Animated Ebooks Could Help Children Learn their Mother Tongue Better

Evidence from An Eye-tracking Study

Featuring: Sun He

How should parents and teachers select an animated e-storybook for emergent bilinguals? This study examines the effects of popular animated features, sound and motion, on children’s ability in learning Mandarin.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 02:45PM 09/06/2019 03:45PM Asia/Singapore How Animated Ebooks Could Help Children Learn their Mother Tongue Better

How should parents and teachers select an animated e-storybook for emergent bilinguals? This study examines the effects of popular animated features, sound and motion, on children’s ability in learning Mandarin.

L5, Imagination Room
B1, Programme Zone Workshop

Apples and Oranges: In-Depth Storytelling for More Inclusive Interdisciplinary Education

Featuring: Rosemarie Somaiah

Literature and stories can help to build a more thoughtful, empathetic and insightful education system. Find out in this experiential workshop how it is possible to allow students to take charge of their own learning through storytelling.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 01:30PM 09/06/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Apples and Oranges: In-Depth Storytelling for More Inclusive Interdisciplinary Education

Literature and stories can help to build a more thoughtful, empathetic and insightful education system. Find out in this experiential workshop how it is possible to allow students to take charge of their own learning through storytelling.

B1, Programme Zone
4.00pm - 5.00pm
L5, Imagination Room Panel

营造让 0到 6岁孩子爱上阅读的氛围

How to Create a Conducive Chinese Reading Environment For Your Child

Featuring: Chu Wan Xin 朱婉歆, Melissa Choo 朱思洁, Sun Baoqi 孙宝琦

想要了解如何鼓励孩子阅读华文的一些技巧吗?要怎么在丰富公共图书馆的馆藏中选择适合不同年龄的书籍呢?哪一些是适合亲子以及教育工作者参加的活动?在这场活动中,教育工作者和图书馆员将与你一一分享。

Discover strategies to motivate young children to read in Chinese. The speakers will share practical tips and useful resources from NLB’s extensive Chinese children collection, such as the selection of age-appropriate books and interesting programmes at the public libraries that support parents and educators in nurturing positive attitudes towards reading in Chinese.

This session will be conducted in Chinese.

Add to Calendar 09/06/2019 04:00PM 09/06/2019 05:00PM Asia/Singapore 营造让 0到 6岁孩子爱上阅读的氛围

想要了解如何鼓励孩子阅读华文的一些技巧吗?要怎么在丰富公共图书馆的馆藏中选择适合不同年龄的书籍呢?哪一些是适合亲子以及教育工作者参加的活动?在这场活动中,教育工作者和图书馆员将与你一一分享。

Discover strategies to motivate young children to read in Chinese. The speakers will share practical tips and useful resources from NLB’s extensive Chinese children collection, such as the selection of age-appropriate books and interesting programmes at the public libraries that support parents and educators in nurturing positive attitudes towards reading in Chinese.

This session will be conducted in Chinese.

L5, Imagination Room

7 Sep 2019 (Sat)

9.00am - 10.00am
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Bringing Books to Life:

Supporting Students’ Learning Through Author's School Visits

Featuring: Far’ain Jaafar
Moderator: Denise Tan

Books become living things when an author is present to discuss their writing and creative process. Through such interaction, students can connect with the written word in entirely new ways. They can also begin to identify with the journey from idea to publication as told by the person who brought it all together.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 09:00AM 09/07/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Bringing Books to Life:

Books become living things when an author is present to discuss their writing and creative process. Through such interaction, students can connect with the written word in entirely new ways. They can also begin to identify with the journey from idea to publication as told by the person who brought it all together.

L5, Imagination Room
L5, Possibility Room Talk

Teaching Empathy Through Stories

Featuring: Maya Thiagarajan
Moderator: Sakinah Jumahat

The speaker will lead the audience in a discussion of "empathy gaps" in our schools and society. She will also look at ways for both teachers and parents to nurture a sense of empathy in children using stories and book discussions.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 09:00AM 09/07/2019 10:00AM Asia/Singapore Teaching Empathy Through Stories

The speaker will lead the audience in a discussion of "empathy gaps" in our schools and society. She will also look at ways for both teachers and parents to nurture a sense of empathy in children using stories and book discussions.

L5, Possibility Room
11.15am - 12.15pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Cultivating a Reading Culture in Schools

Featuring: Sarah Mounsey, Chin Sau Lai

It takes a village to raise a child and more to raise a reader. Find out about the initiatives in place in schools that help in cultivating in our children a love for the written word. This panel will share their insights and experiences in organising activities and programmes to get children reading.  

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 11:15AM 09/07/2019 12:15PM Asia/Singapore Cultivating a Reading Culture in Schools

It takes a village to raise a child and more to raise a reader. Find out about the initiatives in place in schools that help in cultivating in our children a love for the written word. This panel will share their insights and experiences in organising activities and programmes to get children reading.  

B1, Programme Zone
11.30am - 12.30pm
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Storytelling for Children with Learning Difficulties

Featuring: Chen Wei Teng

Join storyteller-author-educator Chen Wei Teng as she shares how you can engage children with learning difficulties through storytelling. Learn about strategies that will develop their language skills, while taking them on a meaningful journey alongside the story at the same time.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 11:30AM 09/07/2019 12:30PM Asia/Singapore Storytelling for Children with Learning Difficulties

Join storyteller-author-educator Chen Wei Teng as she shares how you can engage children with learning difficulties through storytelling. Learn about strategies that will develop their language skills, while taking them on a meaningful journey alongside the story at the same time.

L5, Imagination Room
11.30am - 1.00pm
L5, Possibility Room Panel

Say No, Walk Out, Tell a Trusted Adult!

Using Reading Resources to Equip Young Children with Body Safety Skills

Featuring: Goh Eck Kheng, Lin Xiaoling

Body safety skills are essential skills for the prevention of sexual abuse of children. These involve teaching children to differentiate between right and wrong actions, and to tell a trusted adult if sexual abuse happens. This workshop will introduce participants to a children’s storybook on sexual abuse prevention, initiated by the Singapore Children’s Society. Learn how to use storytelling and other interactive resources to help children pick up such skills.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 11:30AM 09/07/2019 01:00PM Asia/Singapore Say No, Walk Out, Tell a Trusted Adult!

Body safety skills are essential skills for the prevention of sexual abuse of children. These involve teaching children to differentiate between right and wrong actions, and to tell a trusted adult if sexual abuse happens. This workshop will introduce participants to a children’s storybook on sexual abuse prevention, initiated by the Singapore Children’s Society. Learn how to use storytelling and other interactive resources to help children pick up such skills.

L5, Possibility Room
1.30pm - 3.00pm
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Workshop

《想吃苹果的鼠小弟》: 趣味十足的华文戏剧课

The Little Mouse: Using Chinese Drama to Engage the Early Years

Featuring: Li Muzi 李木子

一起跟鼠小弟寻找那又红又脆又多汁的苹果!他会怎么做呢?他又会遇到谁呢?跟着木子和鼠小弟一起探索吧!在这个工作坊里,木子会与大家分享,通过参与和演出华文戏剧,用有趣,活泼的方式来激发小朋友的语言能力。这个工作坊会用中文进行。

Join The Little Mouse as he goes on a journey to look for that red, crunchy, juicy apple! What is he going to do to achieve it? Who is he going to meet along the way? Join Li Muzi and The Little Mouse to find out! This workshop will show how Chinese drama can be a fun and exciting medium in teaching language literacy among children.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 01:30PM 09/07/2019 03:00PM Asia/Singapore 《想吃苹果的鼠小弟》: 趣味十足的华文戏剧课

一起跟鼠小弟寻找那又红又脆又多汁的苹果!他会怎么做呢?他又会遇到谁呢?跟着木子和鼠小弟一起探索吧!在这个工作坊里,木子会与大家分享,通过参与和演出华文戏剧,用有趣,活泼的方式来激发小朋友的语言能力。这个工作坊会用中文进行。

Join The Little Mouse as he goes on a journey to look for that red, crunchy, juicy apple! What is he going to do to achieve it? Who is he going to meet along the way? Join Li Muzi and The Little Mouse to find out! This workshop will show how Chinese drama can be a fun and exciting medium in teaching language literacy among children.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room
L5, Imagination Room Talk

Neuroscience-Based Learning, Assessment & Specialised Early Intervention

Featuring:

Strategic brain architecture such as sensory-motor integration, auditory processing, visual processing, mid-line crossing etc. are crucial neural developments required for both brain hemispheres to operate efficiently as a hybrid whole, as the optimal learning brain for any child.

1.30pm - 2.30pm
B1, Programme Zone Panel

Board Books For Children: Who, What, Why, When and How

Featuring: Far’ain Jaafar
Moderator: Mindy Pang

Discover the world of board books, when and how to start using them, and how they benefit your child’s cognitive and language development. It’s never too early to start building your library!

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 01:30PM 09/07/2019 02:30PM Asia/Singapore Board Books For Children: Who, What, Why, When and How

Discover the world of board books, when and how to start using them, and how they benefit your child’s cognitive and language development. It’s never too early to start building your library!

B1, Programme Zone
3.15pm - 4.15pm
B1, Multi-Purpose Room Workshop

Techniques in Teaching Plot-Building to Students

Featuring: Felix Cheong

In this hour-long workshop, award-winning writer Felix Cheong will offer teachers tips on how to teach creative writing in the classroom, using a multi-modal approach that includes videos and group discussions. The main takeaways will be understanding the elements of plot as well as applying master plots.

Add to Calendar 09/07/2019 03:15PM 09/07/2019 04:15PM Asia/Singapore Techniques in Teaching Plot-Building to Students

In this hour-long workshop, award-winning writer Felix Cheong will offer teachers tips on how to teach creative writing in the classroom, using a multi-modal approach that includes videos and group discussions. The main takeaways will be understanding the elements of plot as well as applying master plots.

B1, Multi-Purpose Room