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Wednesday, March 30 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Paper Presentation 2/4: 069 Cultivating Interest And Good Reading Habits In Chinese Language Learners Through Read&Share @Mybookshop Project LIMITED

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It is challenging to promote the reading of Chinese Language (CL) books among students in Singapore due to the changes in the home language environment.  The proportion of ethnic Chinese students with English as their most frequently used language at home rose from 28% in 1991 to 59% in 2010 (MOE, 2010), and this has an impact on CL learning.  A recent survey affirmed teachers’ observation that children prefer reading English Language (EL) books to CL books for leisure .   It is also challenging to implement “Undisturbed Sustained Silent Reading” (USSR) in school to promote reading of CL books due to lack of structures and processes to guide students to read effectively and motivate them to recommend books confidently.

Using the “Sustained Silent Reading through Modelling and Structure (MSSR) with ICT” approach advocated by Chien Chen, Ko & Chen (2011), the school piloted two Primary 3 classes through the Read & Share@MyBookShop Project.    

The MSSR is introduced progressively and taps on role modelling by teachers engaging in reading with students in the 15-minute silent reading to cultivate good reading habits.  Teachers facilitate the Book-Talk session where they guide students to voluntarily recommend and share an interesting story in a non-threatening face-to-face environment.  Teachers use Think-Pair-Share and Round Robin strategies to develop students' self-confidence. 

The school uses “MyBookShop” online portal for students to share and recommend books, using multimedia functions such as voice recording, drawing, rating and online writing.  Students also manage and operate their own virtual bookshop and chart their own reading progress.

The online portal allows students to access the virtual bookshop at home and encourage reading beyond school.  It's reward and recognition system motivates students to read, comment and recommend books.   Besides, students receive constructive feedback from teachers and peers to improve their book recommendation that they have posted online. Teachers also monitor their students’ reading progress and motivate them to read extensively. 

Pre and Post surveys are conducted to look into students’ attitude and motivational aspects in reading or book recommendation.  The findings of the surveys have indicated students’ positive attitude in reading and are motivated to recommend books in their virtual bookshop now.  

The limitation is in using the mouse to draw in the online book recommendation platform.  In future, a digital pen to ease students’ drawing and functions such as “editing” and “printing” in “My BookShop” online portal will be introduced.


Wednesday March 30, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm GMT+08
MR 330