Course code: PPR0650
Childhood Bilingual Language Development and Strategies that Support Children’s Bilingual Development
by 郑臻貞博士 Dr Cheng Chen-Chen
23-02-2023 (Thursday)
9am - 4pm 线上课程 Conducted Online
08-06-2023 (Thursday)
9am - 4pm 线上课程 Conducted Online
Duration (Hrs)6
Singapore’s bilingual education policy enables children to be bilingual or multilingual. Due to the vast differences in children’s language learning backgrounds, it is challenging for preschool Chinese language teachers to teach Mandarin to a class of young children with different levels of Mandarin language proficiency. This course introduces preschool children’s bilingual language development, discusses factors affecting bilingual development, and distinguishes language disorders from language differences. This course also provides teachers and parents with strategies to support children’s bilingual development.
Course Content:
1. Bilingual language development theories
2. Factors affecting bilingual development
3. Bilingual language development process
4. How to respond to and interact with bilingual children who are at various levels of bilingual development
5. How to work with parents in developing children’s bilingual competencies

6. Strategies to support preschool children’s bilingual development 

Dr Cheng Chen-Chen
Course presenter Dr Cheng Chen-Chen is currently an associate professor at the Department of Special Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. She used to train early childhood education teachers in Singapore when she was a senior lecturer at SEED. Dr Cheng is a speech language therapist by training and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has served children and adults with disabilities and their families in both clinical and school settings for over 20 years. Working together with other professionals on an early intervention team,  Dr Cheng also provided assessment and intervention services for preschool children and support their families and teachers. Dr Cheng’s academic focuses include early intervention, communicative disorders, multicultural special education, and parent teachers collaboration.