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Saturday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Workshop 1: Setting up a mother-tongue programme (in a British international school)

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The target audience for this workshop is: Teachers in charge of new programmes or managers considering setting up such a programme

In this workshop, I shall present the audience with my experience as a classroom teacher whose interest in mother-tongue education led to me spearheading the creation of a pilot at Tanglin Trust School, followed by a full launch in 2014/15. I shall share how the British international school where I work has approached the various issues of setting up such a programme and shall compare this with alternate models of which I have knowledge, justifying why the choices taken were made. I shall also share lessons learnt in the domains of administration, staff recruitment, student enrolment, internal and external marketing, parental involvement and exam coordination. In addition to the discussion of such practical matters, I shall also present my vision of how a fully-developed mother-tongue programme within a British school might work and shall share with the audience how I specifically intend to move Tanglin Trust’s programme forward in the coming years.

After attending your workshop, participants will...

  • Have a realistic idea of the steps that must be taken when setting up a mother-tongue programme as well as a practical idea of the required timescale needed to do so
  • Be more aware of potential issues with students/ colleagues/ parents and thus be in a better position to anticipate and better negotiate such situations
  • Be inspired to set up a mother-tongue programme that suits the context of their school

Speakers
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David Sheppard

I am assistant head of the languages faculty at Tanglin Trust School, Singapore, in charge of the mother-tongue programme. I have successfully launched and grown this from its very beginnings to a full launch in the 2014/15 school year. I currently manage 12 mother-tongue tutors who are teaching more than 75 children in KS3/4/5 in French/Spanish/Mandarin/German in curriculum time and Dutch/Danish/Hindi/Greek outside of curriculum time. Through... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
Think Tank Ground Floor KM Library

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