- The Movement
- Themes Over The Years
- 2011/12: How You Speak Makes a Difference
- Partners for 2011/12
2011/12: How You Speak Makes a Difference
- disseminates Information and promotes research in developmental, recreational, corrective and remedial reading;
- organises national conferences;
- co-sponsors reading-related activities with other organisations in Singapore;
- is an affiliate member of the National Book Development Council of Singapore;
- is a national affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA), which makes us privy to the most current worldwide trends in reading.
The Speak Good English Movement is always on the lookout for new and exciting programmes to help Singaporeans speak well. We have many partner organisations that help develop and organise free programmes/events to help people of various ages and needs improve their English. Please contact us and let us know how we can partner you.
Partners for 2011/12
LIST OF PARTNERS
|Ascend, The English ProfessionalsAscend – The English Professionals – is located in the heart of the Central Business District in Singapore. Since 2004 they have been providing high quality, full-time and part-time English certificate courses to adults in small interactive classes of no more than 15 students. All their courses are delivered by professionally qualified teachers. In addition, they also provide private tuition packages for students and customised training courses for companies to meet their needs.http://www.ascend.edu.sg/|
|British CouncilThe British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations and the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. The British Council connects people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK to build lasting relationships around the world. We operate in 110 countries and territories worldwide and have been in Singapore since 1947. The areas we focus on in Singapore are arts, education, English language teaching and UK examinations services. The British Council is a non-political organisation which operates at arm’s length from government. Our patron is Her Majesty the Queen. www.britishcouncil.org.sg|
|Dads for LifeDads for Life is a national movement, launched in November 2009, that seeks to inspire and involve fathers to become good influencers in their children’s lives…for life. It is aimed at mobilising fathers to ACT:
A – Be Aware of the importance of their roles.
C – Commit to be good fathers and role models to their children.
T – Spend Time, Acquire Tools, and bring Transformation to lives.
A community-led networking under the auspices of the National Family Council, the Fathers Action Network (FAN), drives the movement and its initiatives. Since its launch, the movement has reached fathers through various platforms including schools (Fathers@Schools), the online community (dadsforlife.sg, Facebook, Twitter), workplaces (Dads@Workplaces) as well the social service sector. dadsforlife.sg
|Ephiphany EducationEpiphany Education is a creative education company that deals with learning. We believe that learning should be fun, engaging and most importantly, exciting. We achieve this by creating, packaging and delivering content in a variety of mediums including games, activities, simulations and software. Combining this with an energetic and sincere team of trainers, we work towards leading every student to their own Epiphany moment. We specialize in working with students from Primary to Tertiary level in areas including Communication, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Financial Literacy.”www.epiphanyedu.com|
|EyePower GamesEyePower Games aspires to create a truly participative and collaborative technology platform that can be harnessed to enable users to experience media-enriched immersive environments that enhance learning and collaboration. Capitalizing on its unique imaging technology, it produces NewsMaker and Moo-O – targeted strategically for use in the teaching of language arts and language across the curriculum – that have won awards in United States for being outstanding educational software. EyePower Games continues to create impact in the educational software industry through its innovative partnerships of video technology with innovative educational software design that empowers learners of the 21st century.www.eyepowergames.com|
|I HEART BOARD GAMESI Heart Board Games! is a startup company, supported by SPRING Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic, that specializes in creating fun learning resources and innovative educational programmes.We launched our first game, ‘Weird Tales’, an innovative card game which explores creative ways to tell a story. The aim of the game is to gain points with story cards and completing the story according to an ending card picked at the start of the game. Weird Tales has been played by primary school students as young as 8 years old, secondary school students, tertiary students and even adults like teachers. So join in the fun and compete to become the most stellar storyteller!We don’t just play games! I Heart Board Games! has also put together various enriching workshops such as Storyteller! (for young storytellers), Write! (for budding writers), ARTiculate (for English enthusiasts), Take the Stage! (for student leaders) and Good Morning! (for little broadcasters).Feel free to contact us at 68790470 or email us at email@example.com you would like to know more about us or our programmes!www.iheartboardgames.com|
|Invasion OnlineInvasion is a youth community that is focussed on promoting local youth subcultures in the form of music, dance, parties, street fashion, design and gaming to the mass market. As musicians and members of different subculture communities themselves, Invasion works together with organisations and opinion leaders within these subcultures to generate online and offline content for the mass market through regular events, talent development workshops and intense and cohesive online promotions. Invasion also believes that Singaporeans do appreciate talent, and through these activities hope to translate appreciation into actual purchases so that it can be financially sound for Singaporeans to continue developing their skills for a more creative Singapore.
|Jan & Elly English Language SchoolJan & Elly English Language School offers a full suite of courses for children, taught by a team of experienced international and local educators steeped in the latest research and methodologies.In 1995, the school became a pioneer in using phonetic transcription as a systematic way to teach correct pronunciation and reading in Singapore. The school’s introductory pronunciation workshops for both adults and children under the Speak Good English Movement have led to the development of a series of intensive pronunciation workshops for MOE teachers.www.jan-elly.com/|
|Marriage CentralMarriage Central is a one-stop resource point under the National Family Council to promote strong, healthy and happy relationships. Strongly supported by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Marriage Central provides resources and referrals via various platforms, including its website and physical resource points at Jurong and Woodlands Regional Libraries and a strategic resource point at Registry of Marriage Building. Marriage Central also spearheads the annual Real Love Works Celebrations – a strategic public communications platform to promote and strengthen marriages.In addition, Marriagecentral.sg is a one-stop portal that offers couples easy access to marriage content and marriage-related services such as marriage education programmes and marriage counselling provided by service providers. For more information, visit us www.MarriageCentral.sg or join us on www.facebook.com/MarriageCentral.|
|McDonald’s RestaurantsIn Singapore, McDonald’s has more than 115 restaurants island-wide, eleven Drive-Thrus, over 30 dessert kiosks and over 30 McCafé outlets.McDonald’s is the first in the industry to offer super-convenience with McDelivery 24/7TM (online ordering available at www.mcdelivery.com.sg), 24 hours Drive-Thrus, 24 hours dining at a majority of restaurants daily or on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of Public Holidays) and Breakfast from 4am.McDonald’s employs 8,000 people in Singapore and serves more than 5 million customers every month. It is the recipient of the Aon Hewitt Best Employer award in 2007 (Singapore), 2009 (Singapore & Asia) and 2011 (Singapore & Asia) and the national Service Excellence award in 2008.For further information on McDonald’s Singapore, please log on to www.mcdonalds.com.sg|
|Ministry of Education (MOE)The Ministry of Education directs the formulation and implementation of education policies. It has control of the development and administration of the Government and Government-aided primary schools, secondary schools, junior colleges, and a centralised institute. It also registers private schools. More information on the MOE can be found on www.moe.gov.sg.|
|Modern Montessori InternationalModern Montessori International Group (MMI) is a leader in Montessori Pre-School education it has close to a 100 centers across 14 countries spanning 4 continents. MMI Academy, the training arm of MMI, offers the flagship Diploma in Montessori Method of Education and other early childhood courses.MMI is fully committed and passionate about providing only the best in pre-school education and teacher-training. A testament to MMI’S quality is our Superbrands award as the “Most Preferred Pre-School Center” amongst a host of other prestigious recognitions and accreditations.www.modern-montessori.com/.|
|National Library Board (NLB)The National Library Board (NLB) serves as the secretariat for the Speak Good English Movement. NLB oversees both the National Library as well as the Public Libraries. By international convention, the functions of these two kinds of libraries are distinct and well-differentiated.The NLB’s mission is to provide a trusted, accessible and globally-connected library and information service through the National Library and a comprehensive network of Public Libraries. Also under its management are 1 community children’s library, and 17 libraries belonging to government agencies, schools and institutions. Through its innovative use of technology and collaboration with strategic partners, NLB ensures that library users have access to a rich array of information services and resources that are convenient, accessible and relevant.The Public Libraries Singapore (PLS) provides a professional and engaging public library service to Singaporeans in their pursuit of lifelong learning and discovery through the network of 22 Public Libraries (including three regional libraries) located conveniently across Singapore. More information on PLS can be found on www.pl.sg.|
|NTUC First Campus Co-operative LimitedEstablished as NTUC Childcare in 1977, NTUC First Campus Co-operative Limited (NFC) became one of the nine co-operatives of the National Trades Union Congress in 1992. With the mission of making quality early childhood care and education services affordable and accessible to families, we are a renowned and trusted early childhood care and education service provider in Singapore.Our childcare centres include My First Skool, The Little Skool-House International and The Caterpillar’s Cove. We are also a community of teachers, parents and early childhood care and education professionals working together to bring out the best in each child and create inspiring moments for all.www.ntuc-childcare.com.|
|OnePeople.sgOnePeople.sg, the national body for racial harmony, was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2007. OnePeople aims to be the leading advocate for multi-racialism – the voice and main resource centre on race relations in Singapore. Our initiatives aim to facilitate deeper interaction and better understanding between individuals and communities, fostering a stronger sense of identity and building a more resilient social fabric.www.onepeople.sg.|
|POSBA part of the DBS Group, POSB is the largest local bank in Singapore with close to 4 million customers. Having served generations of Singaporeans for the past 133 years, it is known as the “People’s Bank”, and prides itself in being “neighbours first, bankers second”.With a good understanding of Singaporeans through the years, POSB offers products and services that are relevant to the savings, borrowing, investment and insurance needs of all Singaporeans. With 51 branches conveniently located islandwide, and over 1,300 ATMs and Cash Acceptance Machines across the island, POSB’s distribution network is the largest in Singapore.POSB acknowledges the passion, commitment and can-do spirit in each of its staff. For more information, please visit www.posb.com.sg.|
|Rulang Primary SchoolRulang Primary School believes that given the right environment and support, all pupils can learn and achieve.English, like all other languages, is an important mean of communication and expression. In the light of this, we are committed to providing fun and enriching English language learning experiences to all pupils. We aim to develop pupils’ ability in using the language effectively so that all our pupils will be confident and competent learners and communicators.rulangpri.moe.edu.sg.|
|Singapore Kindness MovementKindness is in everyone. The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) wants to encourage everyone to start, show and share kindness. We aspire to inspire graciousness one kind act at a time. By sparing a thought for the people around us, we hope to create a gracious society, and make life better for you and me.To help build a gracious Singapore, the Singapore Kindness Movement aims to encourage the individual to internalize courtesy, kindness and consideration.Our mission statement is: To inspire graciousness through spontaneous acts of kindness, making life more pleasant for everyone.kindness.sg.|
|Sparky AnimationEstablished in 2006, Sparky Animation is a full-fledged animation production and content development company based in Singapore. As one of the leading CGI production studios renowned for its capability in co-production, Sparky Animation is also well sought after for work-for-hire projects. The computer generated animation works produced by the studio include, TV animation series, direct-to-video feature movies, digital games, mobiles, internet contents and movies for worldwide markets.Collaborating with producers from UK and North America, Sparky Animation has invested, co-directed and co-produced several notable animation series, namely,Dinosaur Train Season 1 & 2 with Jim Henson Company (the company which created The Muppets & Sesame Street), USA
Mr Moon with Skaramoosh UK & Title Entertainment, Canada
Jack with Groupe PVP, Canada (launching on TV Ontario Canada in September 2011)
Fleabag Monkeyface with Impossible Kids, UK (launching on ITV UK in October 2011)Several more new TV animation co-productions are now in the pipeline partnering with producers in UK and Japan.Dinosaur Train which first appeared on PBS USA in September 2009 has since become one of the top 5 pre-school programmes on PBS. Dinosaur Train Season 1 was nominated for KidScreen Awards 2011 for Best Animated Series category and Outstanding Children Animated Program at the 38th Daytime Emmys 2011.Dinosaur Train TV programme has been sold to key markets across the continents.Industry Association in the premier category of Property of The Year.While Sparky’s rights for Dinosaur Train are within Asia region, it owns the rights for the other three properties worldwide except for territories where its co-producers reside.Mr Moon made its premiere on Playhouse Disney Channel UK in June 2010 and has enjoyed good ratings ever since. The series has been sold to ABC Australia, TVO Canada, Knowledge Canada, SCN Canada and all TV networks received positive ratings and response.Both Dinosaur Train and Mr Moon have been sold to MediaCorp Singapore too.Licensing division has been set up to fully exploit Sparky’s IP in content distribution and consumer products licensing.www.sparkyanim.com.
|Society for Reading and LiteracyThe Society for Reading and Literacy (SRL) is a dynamic organisation striving to make Singapore a nation of readers and writers. Our mission is to champion reading and literacy in Singapore and provide professional leadership by promoting cooperative work among educators and interested parties in the field of literacy.Composed entirely of volunteers, SRL:
|The Theatre Practice Born in Singapore 45 years of age, we are slightly older than our nation by more than a month. A vagabond of the world, we are empirically bilingual and cosmopolitan; and time has attested to our unwavering passion for the arts.Over the years, on the oblique path that we have chosen, we have endured hardships, survived the odds and yet maintained a clean bill of health! We revel in the diversity of our works, from the traditional, contemporary, classics, original, realism to experimental- we have attempted them all. We are strident in our critique of life through our works, and tenacious in putting our beliefs into practice. We entertain without being servile or disrespectful and strive to constantly innovate. As an active advocator of arts education, we have nurtured generations of arts-supporters from all walks of life through our many courses and performances. It is humbling to know that what we have done so far has left an imprint on the lives of many.Simply put, The Theatre Practice is a company firmly rooted in our home yet fixated on the world, relentless in our strive to seek common grounds in our pursuit of harmony.This is who we are.www.practice.org.sg.|
|T-Net ClubThe People’s Association (PA) T-Net Club is a non-profit organisation that aims to inspire and enrich the lives of teenagers in Singapore. Established in November 2002, the T-Net Club provides opportunities for teenagers from 11 to 16 years old to pursue their interests and to develop their potentials through a wide array of meaningful and challenging activities such as adventure and sports, performing arts, community service and educational programmes. T-Net Club programmes and activities, organised by its eight Clubs, allow its 8,500 members from all walks of life, regardless of race, religion and educational backgrounds, to interact and bond.To cater to the different interests of their members, the eight Clubs form interest groups in areas such as sports (such as basketball and street soccer) and performing arts (such as hip hop, cultural dance and lion and dragon dances). The T-Net Club also provides platforms for members to showcase their talents and expertise in these areas, such as the annual T-Net Club Sports Fiesta, which features competitions in the street version of Basketball, Soccer and Netball, the PULSE! Hip Hop dance competition, and the T-Net Club Basketball and Street Soccer Leagues. In our ongoing efforts to engage more teenagers and reach out to the school students, the T-Net Club Educational Series was introduced in 2007, with the Sudoku Competition, Mathematics Genius, History Wizard, English Quiz, Chinese Quiz, Malay Quiz and Sports Quiz organised till date. To provide a platform for aspiring young singers aged 11 to 35 years to showcase their vocal powers, the talent-spotting YOUth Got Talent! singing competition was first held in 2009 with overwhelming response received.Visit us at www.tnetclub.org.sgto find out more about our Clubs and programmes!|
|What’s UpNews For Kids has eight years’ experience as a specialised content creator for students. It uses “values-driven journalism” to communicate a values agenda through stories from the news. Its monthly newspaper, What’s Up, is currently used in over 60 schools.The “Cool It Down!” series is being developed by News For Kids founder and What’s Up publisher, Dr Mary Cherian. Dr Cherian is a Child Development consultant and teacher educator. She has been writing and conducting programmes for children, teachers and parents for over 25 years in Singapore and abroad.www.newsforkids.com.sg|
|White Sands Primary SchoolIn White Sands Primary School, we believe that every child has unique talents and abilities that can be developed if his/her physical and emotional needs are met. With the school vision of ’a vibrant school where character shines and talents soar’, we set out to develop the ‘whole child’, hence the mission “to nurture caring hearts, creative minds and confident individuals”. Through our wide range of programmes, we work towards nurturing the child intellectually, socially, morally, physically and aesthetically so that they have the necessary skills to cope with the ever-changing global landscape.www.whitesandspri.moe.edu.sg|
|Association (YMCA)YMCA of Singapore is a voluntary welfare organisation which seeks to serve all members of the community, regardless of race, language or religion through wholesome programmes which are based on Christian principles. YMCA organises 17 structured and sustained YMCA-Tan Chin Tuan Community Service Programmes to enrich the lives of the beneficiaries from 34 partnering voluntary welfare organisations and self help groups. The beneficiaries include the intellectually, mentally and physically challenged, out-of-school youth and youth-at-risk, abused and underprivileged children, the visually and hearing impaired, the elderly and the poor. Some of the other programmes include the YMCA-Lim Kim San Volunteers Programme, overseas community service programmes, rebuilding programmes for disaster-hit communities and YMCA Financial Assistance & Capability for Employment Scheme. YMCA was conferred the 2008 Outstanding Non-Profit Organisation Award by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre on 13 November 2008. The organisation also owns social enterprises, such as the YMCA International House, YMCA Child Development and Student Care Centres, YMCA School and YMCA Tertiary Educationwww.ymca.org.sg|
|938Live MediaCorp Radio
MediaCorp Radio division leads the local broadcasting industry by providing the best audio entertainment and offering up-to-the minute news and information. As a people-oriented business, MediaCorp Radio division is committed to meeting the varied listening needs of Singapore with her rich and diverse culture.From its inception as a single radio station in 1936, MediaCorp Radio division has grown to become the largest radio network in Singapore. MediaCorp Radio operates 13 local FM stations, including 6 English stations, 3 Chinese stations, 2 Malay stations, 1 Indian station and an International Channel.MediaCorp Radio division is the radio arm of MediaCorp. MediaCorp is Singapore’s leading media company with the most complete range of platforms, spanning television, radio, newspapers, magazines, movies, digital and out-of-home media. MediaCorp has over 50 products in four languages (English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil), including online classifieds, Internet TV-on-demand and High Definition TV broadcast. Winner of numerous international awards and accolades including Asia Television’s Broadcaster of the Year, MediaCorp’s vision is to become Asia’s top media company, delivering valued content to the world. For more information, please visit www.mediacorpradio.sg.www.mediacorpradio.sg
|i||my papermy paper was launched on June 1, 2006. It was Singapore’s first Chinese freesheet. my paper was relaunched on January 8, 2008 as the first bilingual newspaper in Singapore, and probably in the region.The bilingual newspaper is a cosmopolitan newspaper that offers the best of both worlds, with wide coverage on home and world news, business, sports, lifestyle and entertainment in two languages within a single newspaper.my paper offers a snazzy combo of news and lifestyle/entertainment stories that is targeted at upwardly mobile PMEBs. It enables young, bilingual professionals to keep up with what is happening around them.Published on Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays), my paper is distributed at MRT stations in the central business district and major housing estates, offices, institutions, airlines, country clubs, and selected coffee joints. It is also delivered to the homes of selected readers.www.mypaper.sg/On the my paper website, readers can find the blogs of my paper’s editorial team, which is made up of a group of vibrant and dynamic journalists with an average age of 30 years.|
|STOMP!STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print) is Asia’s leading and award-winning citizen journalism and social networking website. Set up by The Straits Times to engage with its readers online and offline, it has set new benchmarks for user-generated content and interaction with readers.www.stomp.com.sg|
|The Straits TimesThe Straits Times has partnered with the Speak Good English Movement to organise the Inspiring Teacher of English Awardwith the support of the Ministry of Education. Launched in 2008, it is the first national award for English teachers in Singapore schools.The Straits Times is one of the region’s oldest and most respected English-language daily newspapers. It is the flagship publication of the publicly listed Singapore Press Holdings group.First published on July 15, 1845, The Straits Times is the most widely read newspaper in Singapore with 1.3 million readers. The Sunday Times, which is produced by the same team of journalists, has a circulation of about 400,000.www.straitstimes.com|
|ComfortDelGroFor this year’s Movement, ComfortDelGro is sponsoring several double-deck bus advertisementsto create greater public awareness of the Movement’s message. The advertisements are due to run for 6 months starting in September 2009.ComfortDelGro is the world’s second largest land transport company with a total fleet size of more than 41,000 buses, taxis and rental vehicles. It operates in seven countries – Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Vietnam, and Malaysia – giving it the broadest footprint among its international peers.Currently, overseas ventures account for 44% of Group turnover. The Group aims to derive 70% of its total turnover from overseas within the next five to seven years.www.comfortdelgro.com.sg|
|SMRT Corporation LtdFor this year’s Movement, SMRT is sponsoring advertising media space in high-traffic MRT stations as well as advertising panelsin 20 trains to publicise the Movement’s message. The advertisements will run for 3 months starting in September 2009.SMRT Corporation Ltd is Singapore’s premier multi-modal transport service provider offering integrated island-wide transport services. It delivers safe, reliable and friendly travel for commuters through its comprehensive network of 51 MRT stations, the Bukit Panjang Light Rail System, as well as a fleet of over 3,000 taxis and 800 buses.In addition, SMRT leverages its experience and unique strengths to offer maintenance consultancy and project management services for railway systems, as well as commercial and advertising space within its transport infrastructure.www.smrt.com.sg|