Source:Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and Foreign Language-Exploration and Practice; July2014, p214-231.
Subjects:Early childhood education, Curriculum planning, Child care, Chinese language
Keywords:Story-based learning, pre-schoolers, interest, action research
This action research was conducted to analyse the current situation of Chinese language education in Singapore’s preschools. It aims to investigate how interest in the learning of the Chinese language can be enhanced through the use of story-based learning activities. The findings, data objectives, implementation, evaluation and reflections are recorded in a learning log after each teaching activity. The challenges faced during the implementatio are analysed and used for improvisation for the next stage of the research. The ‘plan, do, observe, review’ cycle was implemented during the research so as to improve teaching and learning practices to enhance children’s interest and learning in Chinese language.
The methodology used for data collection and evaluation during this research include surveys, interviews with parents, audio and video recordings and journals. The sample population used for the implementation of this research were 26 children in a local preschool aged five to six.