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Literacy Instruction for Delayed Readers


13 November 2010 (Sat)
9:30 am to 12:45 am

Geylang East Public Library
50 Geylang East Avenue 1
Singapore 389777

Course Fee: $85.00

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Delayed readers, (i.e. readers having difficulty reading at age appropriate levels at the onset of school) are a common phenomenon in schools today. Though a learning support programme has been implemented to cater to the remediation of these students, not all students succeed in learning how to read. 

In view of this, this workshop introduces participants to the Pause, Praise and Prompt (PPP) Approach to reading instruction. Research has shown that the use of PPP Approach is capable of bringing about increased gains in reading proficiency of students not reading at age appropriate levels. However, an important prerequisite for success of the Approach is that it is implemented effectively.

This workshop, apart from orientating participants to the PPP approach, also provides information on how the PPP approach is to be implemented effectively through a comprehensive and scaffolded training programme. 

The final part of the workshop will focus on the kind of the interaction that occur between the tutor and a tutee as a result of the scaffolded training programme, discussing the impact of the training programme and how it can be further strengthened.

Workshop Outline

  • Explanation of the PPP approach and research findings
  • Demonstration of the PPP approach and handson activity
  • How training can be conducted using a scaffolded approach
  • Excerpts from an actual tutor to demonstrate the impact of the training
  • Suggestions for further improvement

About the Trainer: Dr Chitra Shegar

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Dr Chitra Shegar completed her PhD in the University of Western Australia. During her stint there, she conducted seminars and summer courses in the University of Western Australia and served as a language consultant. 

In Singapore, she has taught in secondary and tertiary institutions. She has also conducted inservice teacher training courses in RELC for 5 years. The courses taught included Reading, Writing and Grammar. 

As a language consultant she conducted workshops and seminars for language teachers and parents in Singapore. In addition, enrichment programmes were also carried out for students as part of her language consultancy projects. She has also presented papers and conducted workshops in several international

Dr Chitra Shegar is currently with the English Language & Literature Academic Group at National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Registration Details

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.