SPH Foundation supports ELLTA(S) Teachers' Conference on Multiliteracies: Connecting With The Language Classroom

Singapore, 11 May 2007 Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Foundation is pleased to support the English Language and Literature Teachers Association, Singapore, ELLTA(S) in organising a special one day conference for all language and humanities teachers.

This conference on Multiliteracies: Connecting with the Language Classroom, to be held at the Suntec Convention Centre on Monday, 28 May 2007, is in line with the Ministry of Education's current drive towards engaging with interactive digital media in teaching and learning and the 'Teach Less Learn More' and 'Thinking Schools Learning Nation' policy initiatives.

Advances in technology have brought about a globalized, borderless and networked community that is presenting challenging ways of being in the world today – a challenge that is acutely experienced by many young people. Students' encounter with new modalities outside the classroom and the new literacies that these demand, necessitate an urgent review of language pedagogy.

It is no longer about having computers in schools and integrating educational technology into the curriculum. Schools have been equipped with more than adequate hardware and software and teachers have been through courses to acquire information technology skills. That phase has come and gone, despite the reality that because of the various demands imposed on meeting standards, active engagement with technology has often been sent to the back burner.

The transformation of the Internet from being a mere information source to an infinite platform for social networking and participatory engagement by especially our students has generated a new online culture and multiple forms of literacy, both contemporary as well as digital. The age of new media has arrived and the classroom language teacher of today has to grapple with the fast-changing literacy landscape.

In recognition of these challenges, the conference will provide teachers with interesting ideas on using new media to enrich students' linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge in order to create informed and engaged individuals. Practical applications in the face of challenging technologies will be presented by informed and enthusiastic practitioners. Teachers will get the opportunity to acquire knowledge, learn skills and strategies, as well as, gather valuable tips on the teaching of new multiliteracies in the classroom.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: "Undoubtedly, the consumption and participation of students in new media will continue to be on the rise and this will impact upon teachers and teaching. It is therefore timely to have a conference focusing on multiliteracies in the context of language teaching and learning. As a charity foundation with a mission to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, among other objectives, the SPH Foundation is happy to be in partnership with ELLTA(S) to bring about this meaningful conference which we are certain will be of great value to teachers."

Dr Maha Sripathy, President of ELLTAS, said: "Multiliteracies hold the key to the literate future of our students. Language teachers must therefore confront the challenges to literacy teaching and learning by connecting with students technologically, mediate out-of-school multimodal literacy experiences, and making them a significant part of classroom discourse."

The conference will open with a keynote address by Professor Koh Tai Ann, Dean of Students and Professor of English Literature at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University. Assistant Professor Dr Lim Sun Sun from the Communications and New Media Programme at the National University of Singapore will deliver a plenary address in the morning on the topic "New Media, New Literacies: Making The Most Of Prosumption". In the afternoon, Nanyang Technological University's Assistant Professor Mark Chavez from the School of Art, Design and Media will speak on "Approaches To Creative Visual Literacy In Instructional Education" for the second plenary address.

The workshop series will comprise 15 interactive modules, with each conference participant being able to attend two modules of their choice. The conference programme and brief synopses of the workshops and presenters are attached.

This is the third conference for teachers sponsored by the SPH Foundation. Conference fees are at a subsidised rate of $120 for early bird registrations by 18 May 2007 and $150 for registrations after that date. The fee includes resource materials, lunch and tea, and all participants will receive a special conference edition magazine published by ELLTA(S).

To register, please contact Ms Tammy Chua at Tel: 6338 2321 or email tammy@splanner.com.sg or register online at the conference website at http://www.elltas.org/teachersconf2007/

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Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Co. Registration No. 200300910M

For more information, please contact:

Eric Ching
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
Tel: 6319 1280
Email: chingsm@sph.com.sg

Dr Maha Sripathy
English Language and Literature Teachers Association (Singapore)
Tel: 9126 9525
Email: mahasripathy@gmail.com

Tammy Chua
Conference Secretariat
Tel: 6338 2321
Fax: 6339 1372
Email: tammy@splanner.com.sg

About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was set up in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. For more information, please visit the Foundation's website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg.

About the English Language & Literature Teachers Association (Singapore)
ELLTA(S) aims to provide language teachers with networking opportunities, not just with individuals but with schools, tertiary colleges and publishers. We seek always to publicise good teaching practices and current research findings and provide opportunities for members to exchange views and to engage in professional dialogue. For more infomration about ELLTA(S), please visit its website at http://elltas.org.


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