Address by Keynote Speaker


Ms Kok Lee Kwang has held various leadership appointments: She was the founding Principal of Westwood Secondary School, then she headed a Curriculum Branch in MOE CPDD (Curriculum Planning & Development Division). Subsequently, she was seconded to MSF Singapore Juvenile Homes where she served as Branch Head-cum-Principal for Residential Youth Rehabilitation, and was also the Education Advisor for 21 Children’s Homes.

Ms Kok was instrumental in leading a cross-divisional Team to conceptualise the PETALS© framework for engaged learning; this framework was implemented across all schools. Later, with a cross-branch team, they designed the STEP Curriculum Model to meet the learning needs of Normal Technical students. The STEP Curriculum Model was then implemented in the Juvenile Homes where she headed.

Ms Kok is currently on secondment to the NIE International, an educational social enterprise under the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Ms Kok has also designed, developed and implemented online courses: Both Asynchronous and Synchronous Online Teaching & Learning. These courses received highly positive responses from the participants who found the content relevant and the delivery engaging.

Keynote Address: Language Alive, Culture Alive

What excites and makes students want to learn a ‘new’ language, even if that is their mother-tongue language? Come, step into a student’s shoes to experience afresh learning a ‘new’ language. Gain perspectives and insights that allow you to connect purposely with your students, and inspire them to embrace the language.

In this digital age, the profile of our students underscores the importance of learner engagement in teaching. As a teacher transits between face-to-face and online teaching, parallels in instructional strategies exist, allowing one to achieve meaningful student interactivity. Teacher use of these instructional tools enhances student content mastery and retention. Tapping too on native language communities provides authenticity for the new learner in language practice.

Language Alive, Culture Alive presents different aspects in learning a ‘new’ language effectively. As teachers guide our children to acquire or learn the language, they keep the language alive, and the culture alive too!