ALP - Oracy Skills
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Applied Learning Programme
Developing Confident, Competent & Empathetic Communicators
From its inception in 2011, the school's Applied Learning Programme (ALP), which aims to "Develop Confident, Competent and Empathetic Communicators," has come a long way. The ALP has a comprehensive structure that includes 3 strategic areas of growth for all our JYians, namely Training, Programmes and Platforms. Within each strategic area is a 3-tiered approach to developing our JYians.
Whole School IP-ALP Integration (Advocacy)
Stand & Deliver
|Tier 2: |
(Drama & Debate)
Open House Ambassadors,
| Tier 2+:|
Talent Development Workshop
Talent Development Programme
| Tier 2+:|
Gardens By The Bay Ambassadorship
The school's ALP has a Tier 1 platform for all classes called ‘Stand and Deliver’. As part of the English curriculum, students have to prepare their scripts and are scheduled to speak during their recess breaks at a designated area called the ‘Speaker’s Corner’ in the canteen, which is a stage equipped with a podium. There are also TV screens installed around the canteen to showcase student speakers’ live speeches for other JYians to watch.
The ALP provides a 4 year holistic training approach for our Secondary 1 to 5 JYians, expanding their repertoire of oracy skills each year. The Secondary 1s get trained in basic presentation skills in the English curriculum, the Secondary 2s will undergo drama training to help support the annual Literature drama showcase, the Secondary 3s will learn debating skills to enhance their expository writing and the Secondary 4s and 5s will receive coaching to prepare for their EAE, DSA and Post-Secondary interviews.
This year, there is a strong focus on the applied learning of oracy to develop our JYians to become useful and effective advocates and ambassadors. Our student ambassadors went through a specialised Docents’ training to prepare them for hosting responsibilities during school visitations. We started our ‘Be A Concerned Citizen’ (BeAConZ) Minute Sharing, whereby our Talent Development students took turns to do a 1-minute sharing of a current affairs issue during morning assembly, based on an article they had picked from the newspaper. Students have to synthesise and crystalise what their article is about, why it is critical to be aware and how it relates to their subjects in school. Through this sharing, the ALP committee hopes that students will gain greater awareness of the events happening around the world and in Singapore. Also, students can develop a stronger sense of duty to advocate and champion for issues that can make a difference to the society.
Through our Talent Development Programme, the second batch of Secondary 1 and 2 students who have an interest in developing their oracy skills underwent a series of comprehensive and tailor-made training workshops in newscasting. Upon completion, they joined the various interest groups such as ‘Juying Roving Reporters’, ‘Juying Gardens Ambassadors’, ‘Juying TED Speakers’ and ‘Juying Emcees’ to allow them the opportunity to continue to apply their skills and build up their competencies in these roles.
This year, the team invited Mr. Timothy W. Go, an experienced media personality who was a former news anchor for Channel NewsAsia and the current host on 938 Live to share about the life of a news anchor and to give a global perspective of both Asian and Western politics, culture and lifestyle to the students. The committee continues to seek out partnership with industry practitioners to provide our JYians with the link and awareness of possible career and educational options that align with their interests and tap on this essential skill of oracy.
2019 has been an eventful year for the ALP. Our student teams have embarked on two major competitions – the Anglo-Chinese Junior College’s Orator’s Trophy 2019 and the YMCA’s Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) 2019. As we continue to chart the progress for the school’s ALP in 2020, look forward to even more exciting and enriching opportunities for our JYians!