ERIC Number: ED313113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Upgrading Pre-School Teachers' Teaching Skills through Centre-Based Intervention.
Ko, Peng Sim
A two-level training program was developed to help preschool teachers in Singapore upgrade their English teaching skills. At the first level, a core group of 20 teachers and 20 supervisors were trained in preparation, presentation, and participation stages. In the preparation stage, participants learned basic teaching skills required to foster the development of verbal fluency and listening skills among preschool children. In the presentation stage, teachers and supervisors implemented what they had learned in their own centers and classes. In the participation stage, participants learned how to write a lesson plan and worked in teams on a group project on curriculum development. At the second level of training, supervisors conducted workshops for teachers from their own centers or organizations. A total of 126 teachers were trained in these workshops on basic skills. Feedback about the training was positive. Supervisors indicated that they had benefitted from the workshops. Classroom observations indicated a marked improvement in children's verbal ability in English, particularly in listening skills. Assessment of children's listening and oral communication skills indicated that children who received instruction at level two outperformed level one and control group children. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Hague (Netherlands).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore