Date: 28 July, 2009
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Venue: Bishan Community Library
5 Bishan Place # 01-01
The second "故事达人交流会 " (Share-A-Story Session in Mandarin) organised by the National Library Board. The first session was held at the same venue in April, 2009.
The following is an introduction to the "Share-A-Story" program by Evelyn Quek, Associate I. Reading Initiatives, National Library Board:
"We are pleased to share with you one of our reading initiatives - Share-A-Story (Mandarin session 故事达人交流会) is a storytelling club formed by NLB since March 2009. It aims to reach out to people who are interested in storytelling, be it teenagers, adults or seniors. We ignite their enthusiasm for storytelling and reading through a bi-monthly get-together session with activities such as storytelling and learning journeys with invited guest-storytellers and children's librarians. They share tips on good storytelling techniques and introduce interesting children's books for storytelling. With the joint interest in storytelling, we hope the members of the club will continue to infect good reading habits among our community at large".
The first part of the evening's program was presented by the Chinese Language students of Mr Ng Koon How ( 黄坤浩老师 ):
Crosstalk (Xiangsheng) by Taylor and James
Reading story of Chinese Myth "Chang E - A Lady on the Moon (the origin of Mid-Autumn Festival) by Elise, James and Laurel
Chorus " I and You" - A theme song of 2008 Beijing Olympics, by Aaron, Irene, Eugene, Elise, James and Laurel.
One of Mr Ng's students, Taylor Michael Maltz, hailed from Colorado, USA.
Taylor has been in Singapore for almost a year now and is a lecturer in Business Communication at the Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He reads, writes and speaks fluent Mandarin. Besides the personal coaching from 黄坤浩老师, Taylor also supplement his Chinese language learning from audio tapes and other Internet resources, including YouTube.
His interest in the Chinese langauge and culture dates back to his university days in the States. He spent about 3 months in China to gain greater exposure in the Chinese language. The taxi-drivers, shopkeepers and people he met in China were surprised that this "老外" could speak such fluent Mandarin!
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