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Read me a story: Crafting professional reading aloud for serious story readers


16 October 2016 (Sun)
9:30am – 5:30pm

Training Room 5

Course Fee: $80.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.25

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Pull the words off the page and bring them to life in this short course that focuses on the elements that make up great reading aloud sessions. Using audio recordings and marked texts, readers brush up their vocal skills and prepare a performance of their own by the end of the course.

The course starts with work on the vocal quality itself, using breathing and movement techniques employed by actors, professional readers, broadcasters and public figures to increase the strength and reach of their voice.

Participants then go on to work intensively on their readings in skills such as vocal tone, clarity, pausing and emphasis. They also tidy up errors made in pronunciation, cadence and rhythm.

For the final performance, participants prepare a more visual experience which includes using body posture and position, eye contact, gestures and movement to enliven their stories. Carry away a memory of this event with a video recording on your phone.

Feedback from the trainer and the other attendees throughout the training will ensure that you will be ready to perform!

Participants can bring their own books along to read. Material will also be provided by the trainer for practice.

Benefits of reading aloud well to young listeners

  • What listeners need in order to hear: bringing out meaning
  • Marking up a text for appropriate pausing and breathing
  • Working with pitch, variety and clarity
  • Tricky points for pronunciation and typical errors in Singapore
  • Developing emphasis, suspense and emotion
  • Practical reading aloud sessions and individual coaching

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning how to read aloud with style

Duration: One day

About the Trainer:

Susan Amy, a native of England, has been designing communication courses, creating training materials and conducting a wide variety of training in Singapore since 1985. Her wide interests have led her to follow education from primary up to tertiary levels, running such teacher training programmes as communicative teaching for primary schools, Myers-Briggs profiling for secondary schools, PBL for junior colleges and polytechnics and media writing at NTU.

Susan has worked with the Singapore National Institute of Education (NIEI – international branch), RELC (SEAMEO) Language Teaching Institute, the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM), the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board (PSB), Temasek Polytechnic and the Singapore Teachers’ Union (STU).

Susan has a particular interest in teaching pronunciation, spoken English and oral presentation skills and is an enthusiastic proponent of active learning. In 2011, she managed and prepared materials for a language laboratory-based pronunciation programme for Vietnam and running a 3-month, whole-school, integrated partnership with Singapore schools.

Registration Details

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 20 – 25 pax

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.